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 interests 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 is an expert in international human rights law, with a specialism in economic, social and cultural rights. Her current research explores the intersections between economic and social rights and peacebuilding (including transitional justice) , sustainable development (including the SDGs), poverty and social justice and human security. Dr Cahill-Ripley is also interested in the rights of women; human rights 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: Enhancing Human Security'.
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 interests are in transitional criminal justice, visual law and war crimes. My work takes an interdisciplinary approach, and focuses on the (mal)administration of justice in former communist states, in particular in the immediate post-WW2 period. I have published extensively in this area, including the co-edited volume Transitional Criminal Justice in Post-Dictatorial and Post-Conflict Societies (Intersentia 2015, reviewed in Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network). I am currently working on a monograph on visual law, which considers photographs of trials from the period 1944-1957 in Albania, Germany and Poland and the way that these photographs 'speak legally'. The powerful image of the Albanian writer and political dissident Musine Kokalari resulted in an exhibition at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford that also included a short, 'arty' film An Unsung Hero: Musine Kokalari (2017). A Socio-Legal Studies Association Grant Scheme Award funded archival research in 2018 on the group of lesser-known Polish lawyers behind the domestic war crimes trials of 1946-1948.
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.
I am a political sociologist and Lecturer in Criminology in the Law Department. My work explores the intersection of law, state power and resistance.
My past research focused on how democratic orders rationalize and legitimate their (often dehumanizing) incarceration regimes and the sort of normative contradictions and legal confrontations that are staged when prisoners actively challenge these representations. My current research tracks emergent transformations in the UK carceral landscape as well as the impact of networked technology on the articulation and exercise of state power.
Ongoing projects include: technology in prisons, digital exclusion and societal acceleration; the financialization of parole and probation structures in the US and UK; and the eclipse of hacktivism and the rise of state hacking.
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 how and 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 of ethical conflict and professional guidance, and a Royal Society of Edinburgh funded project (with Mary Neal (University of Strathclyde) and Stephen Smith (Cardiff University)) in which we have established the Accommodating Conscience Research Network (ACoRN). I'm also exploring how parental requests for experimental treatment should be regulated, post-Gard.
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 focus on sex crimes, sexuality, sexual rights and the restrictions placed on sexual freedoms. In particular, my research has primarily focused on prostitution policy, female clients of commercial sex, the policing of prostitution and community attitudes and responses to prostitution.
I have been awarded external funding as PI and Co-PI for five research projects from The British Academy, The Leverhulme Trust, The Economic and Social Research Council, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Higher Education Funding Council for England, The Sir Halley Stewart Trust, and The Wates Foundation.
I have published three monographs (one forthcoming), one edited book, several book chapters and journals articles in leading journals such as Policing and Society and Sexualities, commissioned reports, and practitioner publications.
I have 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, and Westminster City Council. I have also provided expert evidence to a number of legal proceedings that have involved alleged trafficking and brothel keeping offences.
My research has featured in over 100 international magazine and newspaper articles, such as The Times, The Independent, Daily Telegraph Australia, Malaysia Chronicle, Nigeria Daily News and Cosmopolitan Magazine . I have been interviewed for numerous national and international television and radio shows, such BBC Radio Thinking Aloud with Laurie Taylor, France 24 News and ITV News.
I have been invited speaker and keynote at a range of academic and non-academic events such as the launch of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education, Leeds University; Academia Film Olomouc, International Festival of Science Documentary Films, The Czech Republic; Margins and Dialogue: Local, National and Transnational Contexts Conference, University of Pune, India.
I regularly act as an expert reviewer for funding bodies such as the ESRC, the Marsden Fund Council, New Zealand and the Israel Science Foundation. I regularly review articles for leading journals and book publishers. I have been invited to examine PhD’s in the UK and Australia.
I am Director for the Centre of Crime, Law and Justice and Head of Mentoring within The Law School. I have previously acted as Lancaster Lead for the Socio-Legal pathway of the North West Doctoral Training Centre and as Lead for the Training and Learning strand of the N8 Policing Partnership funded by Hefce.
I established and led the development of three new Master’s degree programmes (with Gary Potter) and one undergraduate degree programme in Criminology at Lancaster. I am an elected member of the Law School’s Policy and Research committees. I coordinated the QAA Review of Criminology at Lancaster in 2015. I review internal grant applications, journal articles, and PhD funding applications.
Prior to coming to Lancaster I held the position of Course leader and Senior lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University. Before that I was employed as a Research Fellow on the ESRC/AHRC Youth on Religion project.
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.
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.
My 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. I am currently exploring the concept of exploitation philosophically, ethically and legally, for a co-authored book on exploitation in the doctor-patient relationship.
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 latest article is a comparative study of the 'right to truth' in international human rights law. 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 founding 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 issue of 'forced-to-penetrate' cases, including the experiences of male victims, and the legal, criminal justice, and societal responses to this form of sexual offending. Siobhan is also interested in the socio-legal responses to women who commit serious offences more broadly, including homicide and sexual violence. More generally, Dr Weare is also interested in violence and gender, 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.
Steven Wheatley is Professor of International Law at the University of Lancaster. His recent work has focused on the implications of complexity theory for the study of international law, and he has just published The Idea of Human Rightswith Oxford University Press (2019), which examines the subject through the lens of complexity theory. Steven retains a long-standing interest in the relationship between international law and the theory and practice of democracy, including Democracy, Minorities and International Law(2005) and The Democratic Legitimacy of International Law(2010). He is presently examining the ways that international law regulates the place of outsiders in democratic politics, including the legality of outside states looking to influence the outcome of elections.
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.