UCL Judicial Institute


PhD Student Cohort

Our PhD cohort group bring students together to share their world-leading legal research projects

Sophia Schroeder
Sophia Schroeder

PhD Candidate October 2020 

Research in the Role of Domestic Courts in Consociational Systems of Power-Sharing.

Sophia joined the Judicial Institute as a PhD Candidate in October 2020 under the supervision of Professor Thomas. Her research focuses on the role of domestic courts in consociational systems of power-sharing and involves data collection through interviewing in Northern Ireland and Lebanon. Sophia’s research is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Prior to joining UCL, Sophia was a research fellow at Birzeit University in the Palestinian Territories and supported ‘Sama Women's Health’ NGO with research on compensation mechanisms in clinical trials.

Sophia also worked for the German federal civil service. Other professional experience includes internships with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin, the Legal Service of the German-Arab Chamber of Commerce in Cairo, and the European Parliament in Brussels.

Terry McGuinness
Terry McGuinness

PhD Candidate 2017 to present

Research in the Office of Coroner and its Role in the Administration of Justice.

Terry joined the Judicial Institute in September 2017 as a PhD Candidate. Under the supervision of Professor Cheryl Thomas he is researching the office of coroner and its role in the administration of justice. His research is supported by a UCL Faculty of Laws Research Scholarship.

Prior to starting his PhD Terry was in private practice as a barrister for six years. He is an associate member of Garden Court Chambers. In August 2015 Terry joined the House of Commons Library as a senior researcher.