Summary of Staff Research Interests
Research interests cover a range of transnational commercial law issues, including:
- Sustainable financing of companies and the impacts of company-security law on financing structures and corporate insolvency outcomes;
- Creation of effective secured transactions and coroporate insolvency regimes;
- Utilisation of proprietary interests in commercial transactions;
- Regulation of corporate behaviour through corporate control and corporate governance structures; and
- Resolution of commercial disputes through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, particularly international arbitration.
Charlotte's research falls within the remit of of feminist criminology and she is particularly interested in the ways in which gender and intersecting inequalities influence pathways into crime, offending behaviour, experiences of violence and abuse and interactions with the criminal justice system. Her recent and ongoing research projects include police officer responses to coercive control, media and legal representations of female co-offenders and a qualitative exploration of co-offending women's pathways into crime and experiences of coercion and agency. Her broad research intersts include violence against women and girls, police responses to domestic abuse, female (co) offending and media representations of gender, crime and deviance.
Megan's research centres on intellectual property law, intangible cultural heritage, and digitisation, through an interdisciplinary lens. She received her JD, cum laude, from University of California, Hastings College of the Law (Intellectual Property); LLM, merit, from University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (Law, Development, and Governance); and ALB, cum laude, from Harvard University (Extension Studies: Psychology and Legal Studies). She has submitted her PhD to University of Glasgow on Intellectual Property and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Celtic-Derived Countries, which was conducted under an AHRC fully funded scholarship. Megan’s previous professional legal training includes positions with NBC-Universal in Partnerships, Licensing & Digital as well as at the USC Institute for Innovation in Research Dev. & Technology Transfer.
Dr Bryan's research interests centre on the following: Administration of Criminal Justice; Laws of Evidence; Criminal Law; Culpability; Criminalisation; Procedural Justice; Legal History; Freedom of Expression; Civil Liberties; Domestic, Regional and International Human Rights; Law and Religion; Legal Theory.
Dr Cahill-Ripley's is a specialist in international human rights law. Her particular expertise lies in economic, social and cultural rights including the right to an adequate standard of living; economic and social rights and and peacebuilding (including during conflict and transitional justice); economic, social and cultural rights and sustainable development (including the SDGs) and the rights of women. Dr Cahill-Ripley is also interested in human rights, civil liberties and public law in the UK and Ireland and methods of human rights research. She is currently working on her second monograph to be published with CUP entitled 'Peacebuilding and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights'.
Dr Cusworth's research interests focus on child well-being, improving child outcomes for vulnerable children and young people, child protection, looked after children, care leavers, and permenance pathways for children unable to live with their birth parents. She is interested in the secondary analysis of administrative data, cohort data, and data linkage, and experienced in (online) survey design, administration and analysis.
My main research interest is in transitional criminal justice. I am especially interested in the judge and judicial independence in communist and post-communist Europe. My publications in these areas include the co-edited volume Transitional Criminal Justice in Post-Dictatorial and Post-Conflict Societies (see the review in Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network); retrospective justice and legal culture; and the maladministration of justice. I am a member of the AHRC-funded network Culture and Its Uses as Testimony.
As Neil MacCormick Visiting Fellow at Edinburgh Law School, I advanced work on my current project about visual law, The Power of Images, where I consider how we experience the law when viewing images. In this project I consider photographs of trials from the period 1944-1957 in Albania, Germany and Poland. The research resulted in an exhibition on the Albanian writer/political dissident Musine Kokalari at the National Science and Media Museum. As well as curating the display, I produced a short, 'arty' film to accompany it, entitled An Unsung Hero: Musine Kokalari (2017).
Georgina Firth's research interests include criminal justice, human rights, gender perspectives and immigration and asylum law. In particular, she concentrates on effective reform of (1) the legal processes surrounding the law of rape and (2) the asylum process, particularly with regard to the treatment of women and children. Her aim is to draw on her professional experience of working in the legal system to attempt to build bridges between academia and practice in these areas.
Dr Follis' research interests lie at the intersection of socio-legal studies, political and social theory. He is interested in how democratic orders rationalize, legitimate and explicate punitive choices. His work focus on the areas of democratic and critical theory; political economy, justice and crime; jurisprudence of the carceral; power and the state; comparative criminal justice; historiography of the prison.
My research interests lie within the broad fields of health care law and ethics, and family law. I've published on matters relating to developing/emerging biotechnologies (including xenotransplantation), reproduction, consent and capacity, and risk and regulation. I'm interested in decision-making processes and practices with regard to the 'vulnerable', including best interests assessments for pregnant women under the MHA, and in how ad from whom consent is obtained when the patient and her parents are under 18. I'm currently working on a number of projects relating to claims of conscience in health care practice, including a British Academy funded project (with Mary Neal frm the university of Strathclyde) exploring pharmacists' perceptions od ethical conflict and professional guidance.
Professor Gillespie’s main research interests relate to cybercrime, particularly in respect of child sexual exploitation. Much of his work relates to child pornography, child grooming and child solicitation but also includes broader forms of cybercrime. Professor Gillespie also has research interests in legal systems and evidence, particularly covert surveillance. Professor Gillespie has been called to act as an expert advisor to the UN, Council of Europe, EU and prosecutors & the judiciary from around the world. He has also advised the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Sentencing Council.
Cerian’s research interests lie in all aspects of criminal prosecutions from summary to appellant courts, including evidence and trial procedure from the eighteenth century to the modern day. Cerian is particularly interested in the prosecution of financial crime, both historically and regarding more modern offences such as the prosecution of criminal cartels and insider dealing.
Cerian has published in the field of legal history on topics including the introduction of counsel to criminal trials and the legal profession. Cerian has presented widely on the prosecution of fraud in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Mary’s research focuses on healthcare reform, and her PhD examined specifically the development of competition and regulation in Dutch and English healthcare. She also has a strong interest in the wider public law implications of changing governance and comparative legal research.
My research interests span a diverse and multi-disciplinary academic base including literacy, speaking and listening skills, socio-emotional functioning and wellbeing, and arts education, specifically in relation to collaborative learning and oral storytelling. I have recently been involved in a comparative research project with Dr Jo Warin at Lancaster University, examining the use and effectiveness of nurture groups in primary education for children with socio-emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. I am hoping to extend my PhD findings in relation to the association between expressive language difficulties and behavioural problems that were observed in some children, through post-doctoral research that examines the impact of language intervention on the behaviour and spoken ability of young people at risk of exclusion in school. My theoretical perspective is broadly informed by Critical Theory, Socio-cultural Theories of Learning, and Social Constructivism.
Dr Kingston's research focuses on sexuality, sex work, prostitution policy and law, sex worker, client, and community experiences and policing. She is interested in the broad and diverse nature of the international sex industry and the experiences of those who work in the industry, access services as a client, as well as those of residential and business communities. She is also interested in exploring sexual rights, freedoms and the constraints placed on them, as well as the policing and regulation of the sex industry. Dr Kingston has provided expert evidence to a range of parliamentary committees and independent inquiries, such as The Home Office, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution, the Liberal Democratic party work group on sex work, Westminster City Council. Her research has featured in intenational magazine and newspaper articles and she has been interviewed for numerous national and international television and radio shows. Dr Kingston regularly acts as an expert reviewer for funding bodies such as the ESRC and the Israel Science Foundation.
Phil's areas of interest are Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Equity and Trusts. He is particularly interested in aspects of culture and corporations, comparative and transplantation issues in corporate law and governance. The legal dimensions of modelling the life cycles of family firms and the governance aspects of small to medium sized enterprises.
My primary research interests are in land and property law, with a particular interest in environmental law, law and politics and legal history. Much of my research concerns the influence of pressure groups and commercial lobbies on the emergence of public policy.
Tricia McQuarrie, Research Associate, Centre for Child and Family Justice (CCFJ), Lancaster University BSc (Hons) Psychology MSc Addiction Studies KCL (Distinction)
Tricia joined CCFJ in June 2016 transferring from the social sciences department at Brunel University. Her research career at Brunel University was spent evaluating an innovative service; the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC). This involved analysing case file data from various London local authorities. She has also contributed to research at Lancaster University on vulnerable mothers and recurrent care proceedings where she assisted with a similar case file analysis in various family courts. She is currently working on the first national study of supervision orders and special guardianship using a mixed methods approach. She has extensive experience with designing and maintaining data collection tools and analysing family files from various local authorities and family courts. She has experience managing multiple responsibilities such as project administration, data collection and analysis, and liaison with key stake holders. Tricia is soon to be conducting qualitative research with vulnerable families and frontline staff in children services.
Professor Milman has wide interests in the area of international business law. He is an expert on Corporate Law and on Insolvency Law. Within Corporate Law, he specialises in the law relating to private companies. Within Insolvency Law, his interests extend to both Corporate Insolvency and Personal Insolvency. Generally, he undertakes research within the broad area of Business Organisations, specialising in the Law of Parternship and Limited Liability Partnerships. He researches in Comparative Law in relation to the above subject areas and is currently committed to examining Sharia Law aspects.
Dr Ó Cuinn's research focuses on public international law, human rights and public health governance. He also has a strong interest in the sociology of human rights law and practice. Gearóid's received his doctorate from University of Nottingham where examined the governance of pandemic influenza with support from the Wellcome Trust. He has active links with the legal profession and is interested clinical legal education and the use of technologies in pro-bono legal work. Gearóid is director of GLAN (Global Legal Action Network) a non-profit organisation that pursues collaborative legal actions to protect and promote human rights internationally.
Professor Ost's main research interests are the legal and societal responses to child pornography, the sexual grooming of children and child sexual exploitation more broadly, health care/medical law and bioethics (particularly breaches of the sexual boundaries between doctors and patients and the impact of criminal law on bioethics and health care practice) and law and literature. Professor Ost is interested in exploring the concept of exploitation philosophically, ethically and legally.
Dr Potter's primary research interests are in the fields of illegal drugs (drug use, drug markets, social supply of drugs, cannabis cultivation, links between drugs and crime) and green criminology (illegal wildlife trade, environmental harm as crime, environmental harm as a cause of crime, environmental protest).
Professor Skogly's main research interest lie in International Law, International Human Rights Law - in particular human rights obligations and economic, social and cultural rights, Law of International Institutions. I recent years she has focused her research on states' extraterritorial human rights obligations.
Dr Summers' research interests lie generally in international law and its construction. He has particular interests in the field of peoples' rights, self-determination and statehood and the related cross-disciplinary topic of nationalism. Dr Summers also have interests in the use of force and the laws of war, in international organisations and international environmental law
Prof. James A. Sweeney’s research is about the after-effects of conflict: principally human rights in transitional democracies, and the rights of refugees. His monograph, 'The European Court of Human Rights in the post-Cold War Era: Universality in Transition' was published in hardback by Routledge in November 2012, and in paperback in 2014. His work on the human rights of failed asylum seekers was cited by the House of Lords in the case of R (on the application of M) v Slough BC  UKHL 52, by the Court of Appeal in R. (on the application of SL) v Westminster City Council  EWCA Civ 954, and most recently in R. (on the application of Refugee Action) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 1033 (Admin). In the latter case Home Secretary Theresa May was found to have acted irrationally by freezing the level of cash support to be provided to asylum seekers to meet their essential living needs, for the financial year 2013/14, at the rates which had applied since 2011.
Prof. Sweeney has acted as an expert advisor to the Council of Europe in relation to freedom of assembly projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan (with the Venice Commission), Georgia, and Kosovo. In March 2011 he delivered human rights legal training to judges of the Ukrainian Supreme Court as part of a UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office project. Likewise in 2013 and 2014 he convened a series of workshops on human rights and judicial interpretation for the Constitutional and Supreme Courts of Kosovo, on behalf of the FCO. Throughout 2009 he acted as an expert advisor to the EU's Committee of the Regions as it prepared its Opinion on reforms to the Common European Asylum System.
Prof. Sweeney joined Lancaster University Law School in 2013. Prior to that, he has worked at Durham, Newcastle and Hull. From 2011-2013 he was Deputy Director of Durham Global Security Institute.
Dr Weare's research interests are focused in the areas of criminal law and criminal justice. She is currently exploring the socio-legal responses to women who commit serious offences, including homicide and sexual violence. More generally, Dr Weare is also interested in violence against women, domestic violence, sexual offences, and criminal legal and gender theory.
Tom is interested in administrative justice in the tribunals system, particularly as regards immigration and mental health tribunals, and Associate Manager Panels.
Tom is also conducting research into public law, particularly the theory of constitutionalism, and the use of complexity theory (a systems theory) as a critical device in law. In addition to this Dr Webb has also written on the theory of autopoiesis.
I am presently looking at the issue of human rights, with a particular focus on the insights that might be gained about the extant human rights system(s) through the lens of complexity theory. I retain an interest in the idea of democratic authority within and beyond the state and the idea of authority when applied to other minority communities, including ethno-cultural groups and indigenous peoples.
Dr Xu's main research interests are in English land law, Scottish property law, comparative property law, and apartment ownership law. He is particularly interested in land registration and subsidiary interests in land, such as easements, servitudes, covenants, land obligations and real burdens.