UCL FACULTY OF LAWS

Master of Laws (LLM) Programme

LLM Research Essay Advisors

Below is a list of academic advisors and the areas of law in which they are able to provide advice, who will be available to guide LLM students to completed their Independent Research Essay, which is a compulsory part of the LLM programme. This list is subject to change up to the start of the academic year.

TBC - to be confirmed.

Advisor Name
Area of expertise
Available to advise
Available to advise
2014-15
2015-16
Dr Bolanle Adebola
Corporate Law, Corporate Insolvency Law, Comparative studies in Corporate and Insolvency Law.
Yes
TBC
Ms Chiara Armeni
International and EU climate change law and policy.
All topics in this area are welcome, with special focus on legal issues associated with carbon capture and storage.
TBC
TBC
Dr Danae Azaria
Public international law, including the law of international responsibility (of states and international organisations), the law of treaties, sources of international law, international energy law, international dispute settlement.
Yes
TBC
Dr Nigel Balmer  
Yes
TBC
Professor Eric Barendt  
Yes
TBC
Ms Monica Bhandari
Tax Law and Restitution
No
TBC
Dr Ingrid Boccardi
Constitutional and Institutional EU Law; International Refugee Law; Immigration; EU Asylum and Immigration Policies; EU Free Movement of Persons; EU Citizenship
No
TBC
Professor Robert Chambers
Property; Restitution; Trusts
Any aspect of real or personal property; comparative property law; unjust enrichment; proprietary restitution; tracing; any aspect of the law of trusts, but especially trusts arising by operation of law.
Yes
TBC
Dr Iris Chiu
Corporate Law; Financial Regulation
UK and EU corporate law; theoretical and legal perspectives in corporate governance and corporate social responsibility; 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; the relationship between financial regulation and corporate law, governance, or responsibility.
Yes
TBC
Dr Nicola Countouris
Labour Law; EU law; Public Law and the Welfare State
Most areas of labour law, individual and collective, and employment-related equality law; especially with a comparative, supranational, or international component; most areas of EU law, both substantive and institutional; domestic public law, particularly on research focusing on the reform of the welfare state.
Yes
TBC
Dr Sylvie Delacroix
Jurisprudence
Including the relationship between law and ethics, on one hand, and law and politics, on the other hand, and the confrontation and intersections between the Anglo-American and Continental traditions.
Yes
TBC
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.

Yes
TBC
Professor Alison Diduck Family Law; Child Law; Law and Gender; Feminist Legal Theory
Any area of family or child law. Students who wish to write on some aspect of law and gender or feminist legal theory may adopt one of many different approaches. You may wish for example, to assess a specific legal principle or area of law from a feminist perspective, or you may wish to look from a gender perspective at the legal regulation of a cultural practice such as religious expression or 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 ideas of intersectionality, different axes of domination or heteronormativity. In general you will be encouraged to explore the relevance of (any one or more) feminist theory for any aspect of law, legal theory or legal practice, but you will have to be specific and clear about your topic.
Yes
TBC
Dr Anna Donovan Corporate Law; Corporate Governance
Most areas of UK and US corporate law; anti-bribery and corruption measures in both the UK and US (together with related enforcement measures); and theoretical perspectives in corporate governance and corporate responsibility.
Yes
TBC
Professor Piet Eeckhout
EU law; International Economic Law
Including EU constitutional law; human rights law; internal market law; judicial protection; state aid law; WTO law; EU external relations; relationships between different legal systems (national, European, and international).
Yes
TBC
Dr Matt Fisher
Intellectual Property Law
Any subject under the broad umbrella of intellectual property law (patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, etc.) but particularly patent law.
Yes
TBC
Professor Ian Fletcher  
Yes
TBC
Ms Elaine Genders

Criminology; Criminal Justice
The field of criminology (attempts to understand crime and criminality) or criminal justice (the reaction to crime and criminality), including aetiology of crime; victimology; representations of crime in the media (including literature); specific types of crime (e.g. violence, murder, white collar crime); social dimensions of crime (e.g. race, gender, mentally disordered offenders, domestic violence); aspects of crime control and the criminal justice process (e.g. sentencing); aspects of punishment (e.g. imprisonment or capital punishment).

Yes
TBC
Dr Rob George  
Yes
TBC
Dr Douglas Guilfoyle
Public International Law
Most areas of public international law, especially topics raising issues of jurisdiction, immunities, international criminal law, the use of force, or state responsibility; the law of the sea is a particular research interest.
Yes
TBC
Mr Tom Hickman
Areas of national security law.
Yes
TBC
Professor Jane Holder
Environmental Law
Regulation of decision making concerning land use and development (renewable 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 advising upon other subject areas in the field of EU and environmental law.
Yes
TBC
Mr Mihael Jeklic  
Yes
TBC
Dr Rike Kramer  
Yes
TBC
Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin

Comparative Family Law
All aspects of family law adopting a comparative analysis, preferably the UK and France. Possible areas of research include parental responsibility, step families, motherhood, sex and marriage, polygamy, repudiation, surrogacy, access to reproductive technologies, and civil partnerships.

Law and religion
Religious freedom and its interaction with national identity, multiculturalism, and secularism. Possible areas of research include religion and its interaction with family law, the issue of parallel court systems, and religious symbols..

No
TBC

The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob

 
Yes
TBC
Dr Jeff King
Public Law and Comparative Public Law (especially UK, Canada, USA, Germany, and France); Judicial Review; Human Rights; Constitutional Theory; Jurisprudence; Administrative Justice and Access to Justice; Cause Lawyering
Any topic within these broad categories, especially the role of proportionality in the law of judicial review; judicial protection of social rights; the nature and desirability of judicial deference and restraint; the democratic nature of judicial review; the parliamentary protection of human rights; procedural rights in the welfare state (Article 6 of the ECHR in particular); the function of constitutions; the use of social science evidence; judicial collegiality; the impact of judicial review (UK and US literature); theories of rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
No
TBC
Ms Jacqueline Kinghan
Access to Justice
How we come to use legal services, the provision of legal aid, and reasons for exclusion from the legal process; the interplay between theoretical issues and how they relate to legal practice, such as aspects of professionalism and ethics of practice.
No
TBC
Professor Maria Lee
Tort and Environmental Law
Yes
TBC
Dr George Letsas
Jurisprudence; Human Rights
Any area of jurisprudence or human rights, including topics regarding the case-law under the ECHR and the HRA 1998 as well as the theory of human rights in general. Students interested in writing on mainstream Anglo-American Jurisprudence (utilitarianism, legal positivism, objectivity, etc.) are also welcome.
Yes
TBC
Dr Ioannis Lianos
Competition Law; Law and Economics;
Comparative Regulatory/Administrative Law
No
TBC
Dr Ying Khai Liew  
Yes
TBC
Peter MacDonald Eggers QC All aspects of Marine Insurance Law
Yes
TBC
Professor Richard Macrory
Environmental regulation, with a focus on EU and UK national law. Environmental courts and tribunals. Access to environmental justice. Regulatory sanctions (criminal, civil penalties etc.)
No
TBC
Jelena Madir

International Finance Law and Regulation.

Project finance, the role of multilateral development banks, bond issuances, derivatives, equity investments, venture capital investments and financial services compliance.

Yes
TBC
Dr Virginia Mantouvalou

Human Rights
Domestic, European, and international human rights law; social and labour rights.

Labour Law
Interplay with human rights law (issues such as human trafficking, modern slavery, domestic labour, workers’ privacy); law on unfair dismissal; international labour law.

EU Law
Human rights and labour rights in the EU; EU citizenship and human rights.

Yes
TBC
Dr Ronan McCrea
European Law; Human Rights Law; Religion and Law; Constitutional Law
European Union constitutional and institutional law (other than competition law); the European Convention on Human Rights; the protection of human rights within national legal orders; comparative constitutional law (particularly Irish, French, American and British constitutional law as well as other jurisdictions depending on the subject area); religion and law (including secularism, multiculturalism and equal treatment).
No
TBC
Professor Ben McFarlane
Property, Trusts, Estoppel; Unjust Enrichment
The intersection between the law of obligations and the law of property; the nature of equitable interests; the events giving rise to trusts; the nature and operation of equitable estoppel; and the theory and scope of unjust enrichment.
Yes
TBC
Dr Lucinda Miller
Contract, EU Private Law and EU Consumer Law
English contract law as well as comparative contract law (esp French/English); EU private law; EU consumer law; I am also happy to discuss advising upon the broad category of ‘globalisation and law’ if the research focus is on an aspect of private law.

No
TBC
Dr Alex Mills

Private International Law; Public International Law

Yes
TBC
Professor Charles Mitchell
Contract; Tort; Unjust Enrichment; Equity and Trusts; Property; Charity Law
My particular areas of expertise are trusts law and the law of unjust enrichment, but I am also able to support essays on other aspects of the law of obligations and property law, and on voluntary sector law and policy.
Yes
TBC
Professor Paul Mitchell
Tort; Modern Legal History; Roman Law
Any aspect of tort law (including torts committed by the media, such as defamation and invasion of privacy), legal history from 1750 to the present day, or Roman law.
Yes
TBC
Professor Riz Mokal
Any topic in jurisprudence, legal philosophy, and the theory of commercial law, broadly understood.
Yes
TBC
Pofessor Jonathan Montgomery
Health, health care and medical law. I could also do some aspects of family law and some relating to the intersections between religion and the law.
Yes
TBC
Professor Richard Moorhead
Any aspect of the legal profession, the regulation of lawyers, professional ethics, access to justice and legal services.
Yes
TBC
Dr Marica Moscati

ADR; Access to Justice; Comparative Legal Studies; Comparative Family Law; Human Rights (especially children and LGBT people).
Any topic within these broad categories will be welcome, especially considering socio-legal issues and a comparative approach.

Yes
TBC
Mr Colm O'Cinneide
Human Rights
Topics could include the impact and functioning of the HRA, equality rights, counter-terrorism measures, human dignity and degrading treatment, privacy, conceptual approaches to rights and democracy, socio-economic rights, multiculturalism and difference, and everything within the range of these topics. I am also happy to discuss titles that fall outside these subject areas, but within the general realm of Human Rights, Constitutional and Public Law. These topics are of considerable contemporary relevance, and students embarked on them will have to be careful to avoid ‘journalism’, i.e. the substitution of political commentary for sustained legal analysis, although of course law and politics in these areas are closely entwined.
Yes
TBC
Professor Hiroshi Oda
Russian Law; Japanese Law
Yes
TBC
Dr Roger O'Keefe  
Yes
TBC
Professor Dawn Oliver
Constitutional Law; Human Rights; Fundamental Constitutional Principles; Comparative Constitutional Law
Including reform of the House of Lords; the political constitution; constitutional fundamentals; House of Commons procedure; the legislative process; the horizontal effect of human rights; the public law/private law divide; comparative constitutional law.
Yes
TBC
Dr Melis Özdel
Carriage of goods by sea; multimodal transport; international trade; international commercial arbitration; conflict of laws and jurisdiction in the areas of shipping and international trade.
Yes
TBC
Dr Martins Paparinskis
Public International Law
Most areas of public international law, especially investment protection law, international dispute settlement, State responsibility, and law of treaties
Yes
TBC
Professor Graham Penn
International Finance and Banking Law
Including any international debt raising instruments that are used in the international capital markets such as bi-lateral and syndicated loans; bond issues; loan transfers; securitisation; project finance and derivatives.
Yes
TBC
Dr Martin Petrin
Company law; corporate governance
Any of the above areas, in particular (but not limited to) corporate liability; the intersection of corporate and tort law; and comparative aspects.
Yes
TBC
Professor Pascoe Pleasence
Empirical legal Studies; Access to Justice; Public Understanding of Law
Research that includes significant reference to empirical (i.e. social science) studies or involve the conduct of original empirical work. In particular, work in the access to justice field or around the concept of legal consciousness or the public understanding of law (including public legal education).
Yes
TBC
Mr David Pope
No
TBC
Professor Richard Rawlings
Administrative Law; EU Administrative Law; Devolution in the UK
Yes
TBC
Dr Arad Reisberg
Company Law; Corporate Governance
Yes
TBC
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 are 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, the discrepancies between appeals from the magistrates’ courts and the Crown Courts, ‘double jeopardy’ appeals by the prosecution in serious cases, the relationship between ‘safe’ convictions and fair trials under Art 6 ECHR, 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.

3. Use of force in self-defence or 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: 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? Does the Human Rights Act affect both tortious and criminal actions similarly? Should there be different rules depending upon whether an ordinary citizen or a police officer/other agent of the state is using the force?

Yes
TBC
Professor Philippe Sands
Public International Law; Environmental and Natural Resources Law;
International Courts and Tribunals
Yes
TBC
Dr Prince Saprai
Contract Law; Contract Theory; Private Law Theory; Jurisprudence
I am willing to offer guidance on topics on any area in the general law of contract including, for example, consideration, duress, undue influence, illegality, frustration, remedies, etc. I would also welcome dissertations on the philosophical foundations of contract law and private law theory more generally, topics might include: the source of contractual obligations, causation, strict liability, market inalienability, moral luck, etc.
Yes
TBC
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 can supervise on any aspect of Bentham’s life, thought and contemporary relevance.
Yes
TBC
Professor Joanne Scott
EU Law and Environmental Law
Constitutional aspects of EU; substantive EU law; environmental law.
Yes
TBC
Dr Ilanah Simon Fhima
Intellectual Property
Any aspect of intellectual property law (e.g., trade marks, copyright, patents, geographical indications).
Yes
TBC
Dr John Sorabji  
Yes
TBC
Dr Christopher Stothers
Intellectual Property Law
Especially patents and trade marks) and its interface with competition and EC law. I have a particular interest in parallel trade, the pharmaceutical sector, and the essential facilities doctrine.
Yes
TBC
Professor Cheryl Thomas
Judicial Studies
Any topics in the area of judicial studies, including the broad areas of judicial decision-making, the constitutional and democratic role of the judiciary, trial by jury, and the role of the media in the judicial process. Specific areas could include any aspect of trial by jury, jury selection, or jury decision-making; judges and judicial decision-making; the judicial appointments system; effect of media on court proceedings.
Yes
TBC
Edmund Townsend All aspects of Insurance Law, excluding Marine Insurance (see Peter MacDonald Eggers QC)
Yes
TBC
Dr Kimberley Trapp

Public International Law
Public international law with a particular interest in State responsibility, judicial settlement of disputes and immunities. Law on the use of force, international humanitarian law, international human rights law. All of the above subject matters as applied in / relevant to the terrorism context.

Yes
TBC
Dr Florian Wagner-von Papp

Competition Law
All topics in the area of EU, UK, German, or US Competition/Antitrust Law. Possible topics include aspects of: private enforcement of competition law; criminal or other individual 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; unilateral conduct; merger control; extraterritorial enforcement and international harmonization.

Law and 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 regulation.

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
Including the influence of European Union law on contract law (e.g. anti-discrimination directives, directive on the sale of consumer goods) or the efforts to harmonise European Contract Law more generally (DCFR, feasibility study, proposal for a regulation).

Convention on the International Sales of Goods (CISG)

Yes
TBC
Dr Ralph Wilde
Public International Law; International Human Rights Law; the Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Law
No
No
Andrew Wilkinson
Interested in all aspects of corporate finance and company law, with a specialisation in corporate and financial restructuring in Europe.
Yes
TBC
Dr Ian Williams
Legal History
English legal history, especially in the early-modern period (c.1500-c.1700) and principally in England. My personal research interests are in the history of legal thought, legal literature and education, and related substantive developments in private and public law.
Yes
TBC

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