Present Status: MPhil Candidate
Working title of thesis: Constitutional Politics and Anticipated Transition in Non-Democracies: Case Studies in Russia, Armenia and Belarus
Research: Paul’s research focusses upon why leaders in non-democratic regimes use constitutional amendment to address threats to the longevity of their leadership. As a practising lawyer, Paul seeks to blend an expertise in jurisprudence, political science and area studies in order to answer this question by reference to three key case studies in the post-Soviet space: Russia, Belarus and Armenia. Paul is grateful to be funded by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentship commencing on 1 October 2021, offered through the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London ("UBEL") ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership.