Postgraduate Research

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PhD students associated with the theme have close contact with academic staff in the group. As well as the usual supervision arrangements, candidates are invited to participate in reading groups and seminars in the area, encouraged to present conference papers and, wherever possible, given an opportunity to teach in the area. In every way, the theme aims to support candidates in a way that helps position them for their chosen career path on completion of their doctorate.

Postgraduate research proposals are welcomed in all areas of Public Policy-related law, including Medical, Family, and Employment law, Commercial law, Criminal law and Criminology/Criminal justice, and Public law. Information about current and past research students gives an indication of the range of topics supervised. Detailed information about postgraduate research and funding opportunities in Law can be found in the School's Postgraduate research pages. Prospective candidates who wish to discuss their research proposal should start by contacting the School's Director of Postgraduate Research.

For further information, see what our staff are currently involved in.

Current PhD projects


Nicholas Mills Nicholas Mills  

Nicholas Mills is an ESRC funded Doctoral Researcher in Law with a particular focus on corporate/white-collar crime, anti-bribery, anti-corruption and their regulation. His PhD thesis seeks to explore the efficacy of the UK approach towards corporate criminal activity and its regulation; intending to specifically examine the self-regulatory nature of anti-bribery and corruption provisions.

His research posits that despite legislative changes, systematic failures of regulatory development and practice - as well as cases of corporate criminality - illustrate that strong, effective and transparent regulation is fundamentally necessary to "police" this arena. Key to this debate is both a theoretical and practical assessment of whether such activity should be punished into eradication, persuaded toward obedience or mediated in between. This research intends to examine the critical view that the existing landscape aims to create and enforce a culture of self-regulation, but does so via an emphasis on loosely defined values and principles, rather than effective processes and practices. Although legal developments have taken place, laissez faire regulation mixed with ambiguity has questionably left regulatory powers unable to effectively challenge companies who decide to play fast and loose with the law. Given the impact of these crimes, this landscape necessitates research into where regulatory efforts can move in new directions.

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