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Staff Areas of Expertise

The School of Law is staffed by a faculty of world-leading experts from disciplines spanning every realm of law. Our academics pride themselves on their levels of research that puts them at the forefront of their fields.

areas of supervision

Name Research Interests Email
Dr Bolanle Adebola

Corporate Law, including corporate insolvency law, governance and finance, and comparative corporate law

Alternative Dispute Resolution


Dr Folashade Adeyemo

Company Law, particularly directors duties

Banking and Financial Regulation

Bank Insolvency

Whistleblower Protection

Professor Paul Almond

Criminal Law

Regulation and Enforcement

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Health and Safety Law

Dr Adrian Aronsson-Storrier

Intellectual Property Law

Information Law and Technology Law

Dr Marie Aronsson-Storrier

International Disaster Law, focusing on disaster risk reduction and development

Human Rights Law

International law-making

Professor David Bilchitz

Comparative Constitutional Law

Business and Human Rights

Socio-Economic Rights

Animal Rights

LGBTQ+ Rights

Dr Alison Bisset

Transitional Justice

International Human Rights Law

International Children's Rights

Professor Thérèse Callus

Biomedical Law and Ethics

Regulation of assisted conception, parenthood

Family Law and Policy

Dr Ana Cannilla

Legal theory

Feminist studies

Constitutional law

Dr Peter Coe

Media Law generally

Free speech/freedom of expression, media freedom and media regulation/media accountability

Privacy and reputation

Defamation and, in particular, corporate reputation

Professor James Devenney

Commercial Law, particularly International/Transnational Commercial Law and Sale of Goods Law

Contract Law, including Comparative Contract Law

Equity and Trusts


Consumer Law, particularly Consumer Credit Law

Europeanisation of Private Law

Professor Rosa Freedman

United Nations, particularly human rights bodies and accountability for human rights abuses committed by UN actors

International Human Rights Law

International Law and International Relations

Professor James Green

Public International Law, particularly the law on the use of force, issues related to the formation and nature of customary international law, nuclear non-proliferation law and cyber warfare
Dr Jorge Guira

Law and Finance

Oil and Gas Law

Energy Law

Securities Law and Regulation

International Mergers and Acquisitions

International Banking Law

International Arbitration

Dr Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne

Public International Law, particularly international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international human rights law, state responsibility and the law of treaties

Professor Chris Hilson

Environmental Law and Policy

Law and Climate Change

Energy Law

Law and Social Movements

EU Law

Dr Nora Honkala

Gender and Law

Feminist theory

International Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law and Public International Law

Ms Rachel Horton

Equality Law

Employment Law

Medical Law, particularly discrimination in access to health care

Disability Rights

Professor Grace James

Employment and Labour Law

EU Gender Equality Law

Discrimination Law

Dr Beatrice Krebs

Criminal Law, particularly complicity, homicide and offences against the person

Comparative Criminal Law

International Criminal Law

Dr Stuart Lakin

UK Constitutional and Administrative Law

Human Rights Law

Constitutional Theory

Legal Theory

Professor Gerard McMeel QC

Commercial Law

Contract Law

Banking Law and Financial Law and Regulation

Unjust Enrichment and Restitution

Professor Robert Merkin QC

Insurance, Reinsurance, Arbitration

Dr Andrea Miglionico

Banking regulation (NPLs, loan finance)

Financial Law

Financial Markets

Regulatory technology (AI, Open banking and Financial Inclusion)

Dr Annika Newnham

Family Law and Child Law

Law and Feminism

Dr Stephen Samuel

Public International Law

Comparative Law


Legal History

Legal Education

English Private Law

Professor Michael Schmitt

International humanitarian law

Use of force

International cyber law

Professor Schmitt also specialises in potential postgraduate research projects led by members of the UK and US Armed Forces

Dr Charlotte Smith

Legal History, particularly 19th century legal history and the ecclesiastical law of the Church of England

Constitutional Law

Law and Religion

Dr Anne Thies

EU Law, particularly EU external relations law

Comparative Foreign Relations Law

Foreign relations law and gender equality

International Trade Law

Public International Law, particularly international dispute settlement

Professor Alina Tryfonidou

EU Law

LGBTQ+ rights

Dr David Wilde

UK Tax Law

Equity and Trusts

Dr Mark Wilde

Tort Law

Environmental Law


Legal history; especially historical aspects of all of the above

Dr Matthew Windsor

Public International Law

International Trade and Investment Law

Sociological Approaches to International Law

Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Law and Literature

Professor Aleardo Zanghellini

Law, Gender and Sexuality, particularly LGBTQ+ rights


Law & Philosophy, particularly moral and political philosophy

Law & Literature

Queer Legal Theory

Dr Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler

International Refugee Law

Electoral Rights and Citizenship

Human Rights Law

Comparative Constitutional Law

International Humanitarian Law


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