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Current research students

We currently have around 100 PhD students studying with us with topics covering an extensive range of legal and criminological subjects.

Student studying in the library

You can view our current research students' PhD topics by visiting their University of Edinburgh profile pages.


Desmond Agyekumhene  'Is online music streaming akin to radio, digital download or a derived hybrid? An evaluation of musicians' rights in a changing digital music consumption landscape'

Jackson Allen  'Rethinking Reverse Burdens: Developing A New Approach'

Ayça Atabey  'Fairness, vulnerability and AI-driven technologies'


Grayson Bartels 'Is substance use disorder recovery possible in prison? A study of autonomy'

Colin Bathgate 'Exclusionary Rights in Scots Law'

Francisco Blancarte Jaber  'Toward a Multidimensional Study of Addiction'

Thomas Broderick  'Examining the need for legal regulation of data-driven and digital journalism'


Pablo Carvacho 'Penitentiary system evolving logics in Chile’

Martina CernaLiability for Failures in Blockchain Transaction under Private Law: Comparative Analysis’

Zekun Chang (Eric) '(Working title) Hedge fund activism in corporate governance reality'

Jing-Han Chen  'The Stateless in Taiwan: The Problem of Producing Stateless People under the Immigration Act and Nationality Act of Taiwan'

Pedro Cisterna Gaete Environmental justice and urban adaptation to climate change: the case of slum communities

Matthew Cleary Canon-Common Law Jurisdictional Relations; Royal Authority, Sanctuary and Conservative Clergymen, 1485-1540

Leonardo Andres Cofre Perez  'The structure of participatory democracy for local governance in unitary states: the case of Chile'

Neophytos Christodoulides The Concept of  ius possidendi in German Pandectism


Ylli Dautaj  'Sovereign Immunity and Execution of International Arbitral Awards in the 21st Century'

Kajsa Dinesson 'Defining the law: on police and prosecutorial decision-making under broad and vague terrorism offences'


Tahir Erdogan  Penalty Clauses in Civil Law and Common Law: A Comparative Analysis with Special reference to harmonisation


Chrystala Fakonti  'Legalisation of assisted suicide or a deference of mercy killing: the way forward'

Juan Pablo (JP) Fassnidge  'Moral Scepticism and Criminal Law: a Theory of Criminalisation'

Gulay Firatli  'The rights and obligations of coastal States in undelimited/contested maritime areas.'


Alvaro Garcia Martinez  'Provisional measures in cross border commercial disputes: a comparative analysis of the arbitration and litigation legal regimes'

Mirjana Gavrilović Nilsson  'From State Ideology to Individual Criminal Action: Testimony and Evidence from the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda'

Lamprini Georgiou  'The impact of blockchain technology and machine contracting on investor protection and bank integrity laws.'

Josephine Greenbrook  'The Embodiment and Intrusion of Law in Everyday Medical Practice: Physicians' Legal Consciousness in Assessments and Decision-Making in Healthcare Encounters Involving Undocumented Migrants'


Zahra Haji Jaffer  'Public interest : a diluted justification?'

Robert Holland 'Intersections of Security: Rhythms of Security and Governance in a Major City Transport Hub'

Cara Hunter 'The dynamics of penal change in Scotland since 1990'

Clodagh Hunt-Sheridan 'Using deliberative democratic mechanisms to reduce the gap between the EU and its citizens'


Fransiska Ari Indrawati 'Legal Aspect of Central Bank Digital Currency (Indonesia and other Relevant Countries)'

Maria Ithurria  'Historical - dogmatic study of the responsibility for redhibitory vices.'


Matthew Jewell  'Dissent in the smart city: Contesting cyber-physical architectures'

Kholyn Ruran Jonathan 'Federal and state relationship under Malaysia Agreement 1963 : A case study of Putrajaya & Sarawak'

Christian Paul Jones  'Fundamental political freedoms, privacy, free speech and election regulation: The legal challenges of political marketing in the modern era'


Ahmedul Kabir Police Reform in Democracies: Readiness for Safeguarding Human Rights

Lynn Kennedy  'Medical Futility and Experimental Treatment'

Gokce Kolukisa 'Genome Editing in International Law'

Leo Kritikos 'Carving out space for queer* subjectivities beyond the fear/safety binary'

Alice Krzanich  'Female servants in early 19th century Scotland: legal principles of the master-servant relationship as they applied to women in the period 1800-1850'


Richard Latta  'The relationship between International Law and Municipal Legal Systems : a positivistic account'


Daniela Mardones Bravo  'The Elderly Population within the prison system in Chile: Characteristics and Challenges.'

Ismael Martinez Torres  'A New Semantics for the Concept of Law: Making Sense of Theoretical Disagreement from a Positivist Standpoint'

Clare McDairmant  'In the Workplace in Great Britain : Do the religious exceptions contained in schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010 go far enough, are they too wide or should they not exist at all?'

Andreea Mihut ‘Stealing Stories’?: Investigating Language, Narrative, and Power in the Contemporary Scottish Criminal Courts

Bethan Morgan 'Examining the Use and Impact of Progress Reviews which Operate Externally to Specific Problem-Solving Courts in Scotland'

Houman Mortazavi 'The reception of the Romano-Canonical rules on “strict liability” and the creation of the law of “delict” in Scots Law: from the European ius commune to the contemporary era'

Ke Mu An Examination of Evidence Gathering in English Commercial Arbitration and Lessons for China

Hashim Mude  'Critical reporting or fanning the flames of intolerance? The media's coverage and framing of the 'refugee crisis' in Europe: A comparative study of the reporting in Germany, Greece and Hungary.'


Sofia Nakou  'Developing the understanding and practice of human rights law in refugee camps through the creation of a sustainable theatre community'


Kyle Leif Oakes  'Explaining post-human era warfare in the legal nomrs of human era warfare'

Aziz Ozturk Application of the Business Judgement Rule: From US Law, Throughout European Jurisdictions, to Turkish Law


Jergus Pella The Question of the Adequacy of the Temporal Framework of the Right to Self-Defence in Relation to Cyber Attacks

Pravar Petkar 'Transcending British Parliamentary Sovereignty: Constituent Power, Referendums and Normative Political Realism'

Andre Prado Fernandes  'MARICAS SUDACAS1 AND THE PROMISE OF HUMAN RIGHTS: can we not want them?'


Ruby Reed-Berendt

Luis Alberto Reyes Figueroa  'Collective efficacy and crime in Nuevo Leon: the role of neighbourhood perceptions of the police'

Rebecca Richards 'Global Health Emergencies, the shortage of healthcare professionals in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, and global justice: analysing the duties of high-income countries'

Valentina Rioseco Vallejos  'Human Rights Law in Chilean domestic courts: Situating Migration and Refugee Issues.'

Michael Russ  'Is it conceptually desirable and practically feasible to regulate social media and user-generated information providers?'

Deborah Russo Segregation in Scottish Prisons in Comparative Context


Alison Seaman Does the United Kingdom, comprising as it does of the three jurisdictions of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, need a specialised human rights court in order to afford effective protection of human rights, in particular the fundamental right to life, freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment, and the right to liberty?

Nidhi Sahay Children of a Lesser God: Protecting the best interests of children on the move by building a bridge between international refugee law and international law on the rights of the child

Robbie Scarff 'Regulating emotional artificial intelligence: exploring expert and citizen perspectives using design fictions'

Nadia Isabel Silhi Chahin

Aiste Slezeviciute  'Access to Documents in Competition Cases - An International Perspective'

Ke Song  'The future of the compulsory procedures under UNCLOS : Understanding its preconditions, limitations and exceptions'

Annie Sorbie  'Are the public interested? : A study of the impact of the concept of the public interest in health sector regulation on public engagement exercises in health research regulation'

Kongsatja Suwanapech 'The Legacies of the Codification of Thai Criminal Law: A study of History and Transculturalisation of the Penal Code of Siam'

Pakatida Suwonnawong Regulatory Effectiveness: The Analysis of National Legal Frameworks on Maritime Safety and Marine Pollution in Thailand


Kim Taehyeon 'A Propitious Time for Establishing the Asian Court of Human Rights: Feasibility Analysis of Institutionalising Regional Human Rights Mechanism Within ASEAN Plus Three'

Ammar Tanhan 'Investing in Investment Claims: A Critical Analysis of Third-Party Funding in Context of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement System'

Tsampika Taralli 'Justification and Explanation in Theories of Law'

Richard Tepper  'The relevant market in the access-based economy'


Maria Diaz Vidal

Giorgos Demetris Vrakas 'A norms based copyright systems in the realm of music'


Shona Warwick 'The Lease and the Licence in Scots law: A historical-doctrinal analysis'



Chenghuai Xu 'Utilising regulatory technology in the supervision of climate finance'


Yunchong Zhou 'Comparison of Merger Control between China and European Union - Using Internet Firms as Examples'


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