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					                       LLB RESEARCH ESSAYS
                      SUPERVISORS FOR 2010-11
                               12 March 2010
                             (subject to revision)

Most members of staff offer to supervise individually. Where supervision may initially
be offered through the medium of a seminar this is indicated. In general, supervisors
are not expected to supervise more than 10 students each so it may prove
necessary for students to select a supervisor other than the one they initially
approach to discuss their essay.

Dr Ingrid Boccardi

      EU Free Movement of Persons; EU Asylum and Immigration Policies;
      EU Citizenship

Professor Robert Chambers

      Property Law; Restitution; Trusts

Dr Iris Chiu

      I am willing to supervise essays on UK and EU corporate law, and theoretical
      and legal perspectives in corporate governance and corporate social
      responsibility. Another area I am willing to offer supervision in is UK and EU
      financial regulation, including banking and credit regulation, regulation of
      investment products, markets and intermediaries, alternative capital,
      theoretical and economic perspectives of financial regulation and self-
      regulation, and issues particular to the EU, such as harmonisation,
      convergence and the completion of the Internal Market in financial services. I
      would certainly be interested in supervising essays that may wish to deal with
      the relationship between financial regulation and corporate law, governance
      or responsibility.

Dr Nicola Countouris

      Labour Law (National, Comparative, EU, and International); EU law;
      Public Law and the Welfare State
      I am willing to supervise essays in most areas of labour law, individual and
      collective, and employment-related equality law. I should be particularly happy
      to supervise essays with a comparative or supranational/international
      component. I am also willing to supervise students researching in most areas
      of EU law, both substantive and institutional. I can also provide supervisions
      on selected topics of domestic public law, particularly on research focusing on
      the reform of the welfare state.
Professor Ian Dennis

     Criminal Law
     Most topics in substantive criminal law and criminal law theory. Particular
     research interests include the law of defences (especially justification and
     excuse theory, duress and necessity, self-defence), the principle of legality,
     and liability for omissions.

     Criminal Process
     Most topics in the law of criminal procedure (but not evidence) and theories of
     criminal process. Particular research interests include human rights in criminal
     procedure, alternatives to prosecution (cautioning, preventive orders such as
     ASBOs, control orders), double jeopardy.

Professor Alison Diduck

     Family Law; Child Law; Feminist Legal Theory
     Feminist legal theory offers a challenge to conventional ways of understating
     the form, meaning and function of law; it offers a critique of foundational
     assumptions about law. It is different from a feminist critique of laws. While
     they write from many different political perspectives, feminist scholars share
     the assumption that sex/gender is important; it matters in ways not accounted
     for in orthodox jurisprudence and liberal law.

     You may wish, for your dissertation, to assess a specific legal principle or
     area of law from a feminist perspective, or you may wish to look at the legal
     regulation of a cultural practice such as the concepts of merit, success and
     promotion in business or politics. Or you may wish to evaluate aspects of the
     feminist project itself, such as the criticism offered by lesbian or non-white
     women to feminism’s claims to be inclusive. In general you will be
     encouraged to explore the relevant of feminist theory for any aspect of law,
     legal theory or legal practice, but you will have to be specific and clear about
     your topic.

Dr Matthew Fisher

     I am happy to provide supervision on any subject under the broad umbrella of
     intellectual property law (patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, etc) but
     particularly welcome dissertations within the broad confine of patent law.

     Students taking the LLB course in IP will, obviously, have to avoid overlap
     with taught material to any significant degree. This can be achieved by
     selecting a topic that will not be covered on the course (please consult the
     schedule of lectures for information), by conducting research from an
     international/comparative perspective or through examination of a legal theory
     and how it applies to intellectual property (eg, economics of IP, human rights
     and IP).
Ms Elaine Genders

      Criminal Justice (seminar-based supervision)
      Students may choose an area within the broad field of crime and criminal
      justice. The sorts of areas that students may choose their topics from include
      the following:
      •       specific types of crime eg, violence, murder, white collar crime;
      •       social dimensions of crime eg race, gender, mentally disordered
              offenders, domestic violence;
      •       aspects of crime control and the criminal justice process eg
      •       aspects of punishment, eg imprisonment, capital punishment, etc.

Dr Jane Holder

      Environmental Law
      Regulation of decision making concerning land use and development
      (renewables projects, village greens), EU environmental law (particularly
      environmental assessment and territorial cohesion policy), the environmental
      protection of commons, ‘green’ legal theory, environmental citizenship, and
      advertising on environmental issues. I am happy to discuss supervising other
      subject areas in the field of EU and environmental law.

Dr George Letsas

      Jurisprudence; Human Rights
      I am willing to supervise essays on any area of Jurisprudence and Human
      Rights. I welcome approaches for supervision on topics regarding the case-
      law under the ECHR and the HRA 1998 as well as on the theory of human
      rights in general. Students interested in w4riting an essay on mainstream
      Anglo-American Jurisprudence (utilitarianism, legal positivism, objectivity, etc)
      are also welcome to approach me for supervision.

Professor Andrew Lewis

      Legal History
      I am willing to supervise essays in the general fields of English and European
      legal history. It will be an advantage to have studied some legal history
      previously but I am prepared to listen to persuasive argument from any who
      wish to write historically about some area of law with which they already have

      I am willing to supervise essays within the field of jurisprudence, particularly
      within the area of traditional or new natural law as well as within the area of
      the history and development of legal theory.

Dr Ioannis Lianos

      Competition Law; Law and Economics;
      Comparative Regulatory/Administrative Law
Dr Tobias Lock

      EU Law; Comparative Public Law; German Law
      I am willing to supervise essays in EU constitutional, EU external relations,
      and EU human rights law. I find the following areas worth exploring: the
      relationship between the EU and the ECHR; the EU Charter of Fundamental
      Rights, especially the difference between rights and principles and potential
      future conflicts with the ECHR; the content of certain rights (human dignity,
      etc); the Tory sovereignty bill. In EU external relations law: the new
      institutional framework of the CFSP; the Common Security and Defence
      Policy; the competences after Lisbon (mainly implied powers, but also Art 352
      (ex 308); the “last remaining” pillar (Art 40 TEU). Some of these topics can (or
      have to) be combined with a comparative legal analysis. In addition, I can
      supervise essays on (comparative) German law (mainly public law).

Professor John Lowry

      Company Law; Insurance Law

Dr Marc Moore

      I am willing to supervise essays on any area of company law or corporate
      governance including (but not restricted to): the rights and/or responsibilities
      of institutional shareholders; the monitoring functions of non-executive
      directors; regulation of executive pay (especially in the UK banking sector);
      directors’ liability for financial risk mismanagement; comparative corporate
      governance; regulation of takeovers; corporate theory.

Professor Dawn Oliver

      Constitutional Law; Human Rights; Common Law Fundamental
      I am willing to supervise essays on topics such as reform of the electoral
      system, House of Commons procedure, the House of Lords, the legislative
      process, the horizontal effect of human rights, the public law/private law
      divide, standards in public life, comparative constitutional law. All of these
      areas are topical, I have myself written on them, and there are plenty of
      issues about which students could find new things to say.

Professor James Penner

      Property Law; Philosophy of Property; Trusts Law; Jurisprudence.
      I am willing to supervise essays on any topic of trusts law and most areas of
      the law of property (though not, for example, intellectual property), and any
      essay on the philosophical foundations of any area of private law. I will also
      supervise essays on any topic within jurisprudence, legal theory, or the
      philosophy of law.

Professor Philip Rawlings

      Commercial Law
Professor Richard Rawlings

     Administrative Law; EU Administrative Law; Devolution in the UK

Dr Arad Reisberg

     Company Law; Regulation of Financial Markets

Professor Catherine Redgwell

     International Law
     Topics in general public international law are welcome. Subject areas of
     preference are international environmental law (eg conservation of the natural
     heritage, biodiversity, trade and environment, global warming) and
     international energy law (eg carbon emissions trading, legal issues of carbon
     capture and storage, and legal regulation of nuclear, renewables and/or
     biofuels). Law-making (eg role of non-State actors), implementation (eg
     problem of translating treaty obligations into domestic law), and
     liability/responsibility (especially of non-State actors for breach of
     environmental/human rights obligations) are broad issue areas of interest.

Dr Jonathan Rogers

     Criminal Law and Procedure
     1. Abuse of process. Criminal courts may stay prosecutions where their
     “sense of justice and propriety” is so offended that they cannot continue to
     entertain the prosecution. When this happens, even those defendants against
     whom there is compelling and admissible evidence will not stand trial. But
     should the courts have any power to do this—and if so, is it possible to
     identify what sort of cases should be covered by this remedy? This is an area
     which has mushroomed over the last fifteen years and there at least three
     books which treat the subject.

     2. The criminal appeal system. One can choose what to concentrate upon
     here—the success (or otherwise) of the Criminal Cases Review Commission
     and its relationship with the Court of Appeal, or the discrepancies between
     appeals from the magistrates’ courts and the Crown Courts, or “double
     jeopardy” appeals by the prosecution in serious cases, or the relationship
     between “safe” convictions and fair trials under Art 6 ECHR, and/or the
     government’s proposals to restrict the Court of Appeal’s power to quash a
     conviction to cases where there is doubt of the defendant’s guilt ... In short,
     criminal appeals is another area of topical interest and a substantial reading
     list could be found in whichever area interests you most.
      3. Criminal attempts. One can be criminally liable for attempting any activity
      which is intended to result in the commission of an indictable offence, and
      which is “more than merely preparatory” towards its commission. But the
      notions of intention and “more than merely preparatory” are unclear, and there
      are also debates surrounding the extent to which we should punish for
      attempts, the interplay between attempts and specific conduct crimes (such
      as carrying an offensive weapon in a public place) and the treatment of cases
      where the intended crime would in fact have been impossible to commit. A
      dissertation in this area will appeal to anyone who is interested in an
      application of philosophy to the substantive criminal law, and the publication
      of a Law Commission Consultation paper in November 2007 provides a
      topical flavour.

      4. Use of force in self-defence/crime prevention. This is a subject which may
      interest those with concurrent interests in civil liberties and tort, as well as
      criminal law theory. Possible topical questions: (1) to what extent may a
      defence (to an action for trespass against the person) in tort match the
      equivalent defence (to murder, manslaughter, assault as the case may be) in
      criminal proceedings? (The House of Lords recently held that there is a
      difference as far as mistakes are concerned). And does the Human Rights Act
      affect both tortious and criminal actions similarly? (2) Should there be different
      rules depending upon whether an ordinary citizen or a police officer/other
      agent of the state is using the force?

Dr Prince Saprai

      Contract Law; Contract Theory; Private Law Theory
      I am willing to supervise essays on any topic in the undergraduate contract
      law course and in particular on issues to do with fairness in contracting, eg,
      consideration, duress, undue influence, unconscionable dealing, illegality,
      exemption and penalty clauses, and frustration. I would also welcome essays
      on the philosophical foundations of contract law and private law theory more
      generally, topics might include: the source and distinctiveness of contractual
      obligations; the limits of freedom of contract; the justifiability of strict liability;
      and the reasonableness of duties to pay compensation for breach of contract
      or tort.

Dr Ilanah Simon Fhima

      Intellectual Property
      I am willing to offer supervision on any aspect of intellectual property law (eg,
      trade marks, copyright, patents, geographical indications, etc).

      Students taking LLB IIP for examination: While in principle I am happy to offer
      supervision on intellectual property subjects, students will have to avoid
      overlapping with the LLB course. This can be achieved by selecting a topic
      that will not be covered on the course (please consult the schedule of lectures
      and/or me (i.fhima@ucl.ac.uk) for information), conducting international
      and/or comparative research, examining a legal theory and how it applies to
      intellectual property (eg, economics of IP, human rights and IP).
Ms Joan Small

      I am happy to supervise papers on legal aspects of education, from a human
      rights or regulatory perspective. Issues in this area would include questions
      concerning state obligations in relation to education, accommodating
      educational differences/exceptions on the basis of human rights claims, rights
      and freedoms in the classroom, such as students’ rights to free speech, etc,
      and aspects of the right to education in international an comparative law. I am
      also happy to supervise on international and comparative human rights,
      particularly concepts of equality.

Dr Fiona Smith

      Any aspect of Contract Law; International Trade Law

Professor Philip Schofield

      Jeremy Bentham
      Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), the utilitarian philosopher and reformer, is a
      major figure in our intellectual heritage. The Bentham Project is producing a
      new critical edition of Bentham’s works. I am the General Editor of the new
      edition, and I am willing to supervise essays on any aspect of Bentham’s life,
      thought and contemporary relevance.

Professor Robert Stevens

      Restitution (both remedies for wrongs and unjust enrichment)
      Contract (except insurance)
      Commercial Law (for example assignment and agency)
      Personal Property
      Torts, Equitable Wrongs, Rights and Remedies (except defamation)
      Insolvency (particularly cross-border)
      Secured Transactions
      Conflict of Laws (except family law aspects)

Professor Bob Sullivan

      Criminal Law and Criminal Law Theory
      Supervision is available in any sphere of the substantive criminal law.
      Particular interests of the tutor are corporate criminal liability, fraud, corruption
      and homicide. In criminal law theory, supervision is available for theoretically
      inclined essays on general doctrines of the criminal law including forms of
      culpability and defences. A current research interest of the tutor is the theory
      and doctrine of complicity

Mrs Olga Thomas

      EU Constitutional Law; Enforcement of EU Law in National Courts;
      Judicial Protection against Member States for Breach of EU Law
Dr Florian Wagner-von Papp

      Competition Law
      All topics in the area of European, UK or German Competition Law. Possible
      topics include:
             private enforcement of competition law;
             criminal sanctions in competition law;
             peculiarities in the national competition law regimes;
             the interplay of regulation and competition law;
             structural remedies in competition law and/or regulation;
             the definition of agreement and concerted practice;
             exchange of information between competitors;
             minority stakes in competitors;
             access to competitors’ facilities.

      Law & Economics
      All topics concerning the use of economic analysis (including behavioural law
      & economics; law & neuroeconomics) in general (epistemology) or its
      application in the areas of competition, contract or tort law, or sector-specific

      Comparative Contract Law
      The second legal system should preferably include a jurisdiction in France,
      Germany, the US, New Zealand, Australia or Canada (it may make sense to
      combine a Common Law jurisdiction and a Civil Law jurisdiction, but this is
      not a requirement).

      European Contract Law
      Essays under this heading could examine the influence of European Union
      Law on contract law (eg, anti-discrimination directives, directive on the sale of
      consumer goods).

      Convention on the International Sales of Goods (CISG)

Dr Ian Williams

      Legal History before 1700
      I am happy to supervise students for topics on legal history before 1700. My
      personal research interests are in the period c.1500-c.1650, covering the
      history of legal thought, legal literature and education and related substantive
      developments in both private and public law. Due to the availability of
      material, most projects will need to focus on English legal history, but
      research featuring some European elements would be possible.

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