UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Laws PhD students' successes

24 May 2018

Four PhD students from the UCL Faculty of Laws have been successful in achieving academic positions in the UK and overseas

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Headshot of Joe Atkinson, current UCL Laws PhD student
 Mr Joe Atkinson has been appointed Lecturer in Law at the University of Sheffield, starting in January 2019. Mr Atkinson is in the third year of his PhD. His thesis covers philosophical and  legal aspects of the relationship between human rights and labour law; examining the legitimacy of justifying labour law through human rights based arguments, and the implications of adopting a human rights perspective on labour law. He is supervised by Professor Virginia Mantouvalou and Professor George Letsas

Headshot of Dr Frantziou, former UCL Laws PhD student
 Dr Eleni Frantziou has been appointed Assistant Professor in Public Law and Human Rights at Durham Law School as of 1st August, having previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Westminster, a post that she got before completing her PhD. Her thesis was about the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights to disputes between private parties. Her first book, entitled The Horizontal Effect of Fundamental Rights in the European Union: A Constitutional Analysis is forthcoming publication with OUP in 2019. Dr Frantziou was supervised by Professor Piet Eeckhout and Professor Virginia Mantouvalou.

Headshot of Dr Raible, former UCL Laws PhD student
 Dr Lea Raible has been appointed Assistant Professor in International Law at the University of Maastricht from August 2018. Her PhD developed a theory of extraterritoriality in the area of international human rights law. An article based on these ideas  was recently published in the Leiden Journal of International Law as 'Title to Territory and Jurisdiction in International Human Rights Law: Three Models for a Fraught Relationship'. Currently an Early Career Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Dr Raible will be joining Maastricht’s Department of International and European Law, where she will teach and research in international law and human rights. Her thesis was supervised by Professor Colm O’Cinneide and Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia.

Headshot of Eugenio Arguelles, current UCL Laws PhD student
 Mr Eugenio Velasco Ibarra Arguelles has been appointed full-time visiting professor at the Law Department of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México from January 2019. He is in the third year of his PhD, which is about the adjudication of beliefs appearing in claims concerning the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. His supervisors are Dr Ronan McCrea and Professor George Letsas.

Professor Virginia Mantouvalou, Director of the PhD programme in the UCL Faculty of Laws, said: 'We are delighted with the recent successes of our PhD students. The UCL Laws PhD programme has outstanding students, and it is wonderful for us to see them getting academic jobs in leading institutions in the UK, in continental Europe, and overseas’.

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