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Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowships

The Leverhulme Trust awards funding to talented individuals across academic disciplines, and the Major Research Fellowships enable distinguished researchers in the humanities and social sciences to devote themselves to projects of outstanding originality and significance.

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Edinburgh Law School has a distinguished record of Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowships. Current award holders include Professor Niamh Nic Shuibhne, Professor Jo Shaw and Professor Neil Walker.

Professor Niamh Nic Shuibhne - (Con)Founding the Union: Equal Treatment in an Unequal Europe

This project evaluates the legal framework guaranteeing equal treatment for EU citizens. It assesses whether the deceptively minimalist legal concepts that are currently applied are adequate to cope with the diverse problems that citizens who exercise free movement rights face in realitly. Fundamentally, the project explores whether a move away from insistence upon the uniform application of EU law might, counter-intuitively, advance the level of equal protection actually enjoyed by EU citizens.

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Professor Jo Shaw - Building Citizenship Regimes: a global perspective

Building Citizenship Regimes is an ambitious attempt to explore on a global scale what policy-makers (including legislatures, the framers of constitutions and the judiciary) aim at when they frame the legal and constitutional aspects of citizenship regimes. It breaks citizenship regimes down using a new taxonomy of seven dimensions: (i) inter-state; (ii) relational; (iii) bio-political and bio-territorial; (iv) protective; (v) securitizing; (vi) distributive; and (vii) active/activist. The main objective of this project is concept-building through the exploration of these seven dimensions, with a view to establishing a new global approach to thinking about law and citizenship in combination.

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Professor Neil Walker - Law, Community and Utopia

Law and Utopia are often in tension. Defenders of the Rule of Law view utopian dismissal of legal constraints upon the pursuit of social perfection as threatening tyranny or anarchy. Yet in practice utopian projects have also relied on law as an implementation tool. This 'instrumental' use of law is increasingly evident today in contrasting but linked developments; in transnational visions of the Good Life, and in national 'populist' projects reacting against these 'distant' visions. The project examines the roots of these developments, and asks whether law's vital (and prior) power-constraining function is jeopardised by the turn to utopian legal instrumentalism.

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