Area of Interest Academic Staff 

Animal Welfare Law

Gareth Spark

Business and Human Rights

Youseph Farah (postmodern governance strategies)

Charities Law

Lucy Barnes

Tola Amodu

Gareth Spark

Clinical Legal Education

Gareth Thomas (including access to justice)

Polly Morgan

Company Law

Rob Heywood (company directors)
Viviana Mollica (corporate governance and comparative company law)

David Gibbs-Kneller (director duties and corporate governance)

Commercial Law – see, separately:

  • Harmonisation of International Commercial Law
  • International Commercial Dispute Resolution (including Arbitration)
  • International Commercial Litigation
  • International Trade Law
  • International Sales Law
  • Investment Law
  • Maritime Law and Law of the Sea


Comparative Law


Stathis Banakas (European and Global Private Law; French, German and Greek Civil law)

Nikos Skoutaris (comparative constitutional law and comparative federalism)

Competition Law (CCP) 


Elias Deutscher (the intersection of competition law and intellectual property rights)

Michael Harker (especially the interaction between competition law and regulation)

Morten Hviid (particularly, private enforcement of competition law; practices which facilitate collusive behaviour)

Andreas Stephan (especially cartel enforcement and agreements between firms; leniency and systems of whistleblowing and direct settlement)

Sabine Jacques (Interaction between Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law) 

Sebastian Peyer (private law enforcement)

Contract Law


Morten Hviid (economic approaches to contract law)

Gareth Spark

David Gibbs-Kneller

Sabine Jacques (Interaction between Intellectual Property Law and Contract Law, especially copyright exceptions overridability)

Youseph Farah 

 Constitutional Reform

Eloise Ellis

Criminal Law and Criminal Justice


Ian Edwards (sentencing law and sentencing guidelines in England and Wales; the role of victims in criminal procedure and criminal evidence processes and victim-centered substantive criminal laws; the jury system; criminal defences, causation in criminal law)

Rob Heywood (corporate manslaughter)

Andreas Stephan (White Collar Crime and the use of criminal sanctions to control corporate misbehaviour)

Joe Purshouse (Criminal procedure; rights of suspects and defendants especially under article 8 of ECHR; criminology; surveillance and social control)

Critical Legal Studies


Lucy Barnes (postmodern governance strategies)

Data Protection and Privacy

Paul Bernal

Karen Mc Cullagh (privacy, media law and data protection)

Joe Purshouse (Article 8 of ECHR and Criminal Justice)

Discrimination Law

Gareth Thomas (the Equality Act 2010, and also genetic discrimination, appearance discrimination and socio-economic discrimination)

Empirical Legal Studies


Rob Heywood

Morten Hviid (quantitative methods, especially applied to civil litigation)

Karen McCullagh

Andreas Stephan

Kirsten McConnachie

Employment Law


Deborah Ives (particularly, TUPE Regulations and collective consultation requirements under the Trade Union and Labour Relations legislation)

Gareth Thomas (particularly discrimination in employment; work-life balance; whistleblowing; trade union law and industrial relations law)

Gemma Mitchell (work-life balance, gender discrimination and precarious workers) 

Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

Avidan Kent

Tarcisio Gazzini

EU Law


Claudina Richards

Nikos Skoutaris (including EU Constitutional law; EU External Relations law; European Neighbourhood Policy; Brexit)

Eloise Ellis ( EU constitutional law)

Viviana Mollica (EU Company Law)

Avidan Kent (EU Environmental Law)

David Mead (EU Charter of Rights)

Sabine Jacques (EU Copyright Law and E-Commerce) 

Family Law                                     

Polly Morgan (particularly the regulation of adult relationships and the financial consequences of family breakdown; child law and inappropriate sexual behaviour by a parent)

Freedom of Speech

Paul Bernal (freedom of speech on the internet, relationship between freedom of speech and privacy)

Michael Hamilton (US & Strasbourg free speech jurisprudence; freedom of expression in the context of political transition)

David Mead (including UK and Strasbourg free speech jurisprudence; hate speech regulation; privacy theory;inciting terroism)

Gareth Thomas (whistleblowing; freedom of expression in the workplace)

Sabine Jacques (balancing copyright and free speech) 

French Law

Claudina Richards

Gender and Sexuality


Polly Morgan (particularly, issues surrounding the legal regulation of sexuality and gender identity)

Gareth Thomas (particularly sex, sexual orientation and gender reassignment discrimination, and the law on equal pay)

Gemma Mitchell (Conceptions of Family in Law; Gender Pay Gap; Pregnancy and Caring Labour in the Work Place)

Harmonisation of International Commercial Law

Jacqui Longman

Heritage Law

Ian Edwards

Sabine Jacques (cultural heritage and media law)

Human Rights Law and Civil Liberties


Paul Bernal (privacy)

Gillian Daly

Michael Hamilton (freedom of speech; protest and public order; peaceful assembly; transitional justice)

Karen McCullagh (privacy)

David Mead (British/UK human rights; the Human Rights Act 1998; media representations of human rights; terrorism and human rights; direct action; protest and public order; peaceful assembly; freedom of speech/hate speech; privacy)

Angelika Reichstein (Right to Life; Prisoners' Rights)

Joe Purshouse (Privacy, Human Rights and Criminal Procedure)

Sabine Jacques (Balancing Intellectual Property and Human Rights) 

Intellectual Property Law


Paul Bernal (relationship between privacy and IP, the role of surveillance in enforcing IP rights)

Elias Deutscher (enforcement of intellectual property rights and their impact on competition)

Michael Harker

Morten Hviid (interaction between IP law and Competition Law)

Nick Scharf

Sabine Jacques 

Insurance and Reinsurance Law

Keren Wu

International Criminal Law

Nada Ali

International Commercial Dispute Resolution (including Arbitration)

Avidan Kent

Jacqui Longman (specifically international commercial arbitration)

Hakeem Seriki (all aspects of International Commercial Arbitration including injunctive relief and arbitration)

Youseph Farah 

International Commercial Litigation

Hakeem Seriki (in particular jurisdictional and enforcement issues)

Youseph Farah 

International Trade Law (widely defined)

David Gibbs-Kneller 

Jacqui Longman (particularly, international trade finance (documentary credits), security and banking law)

Avidan Kent (WTO)

Keren Wu

International Sales Law

David Gibbs-Kneller 

Investment Law

Tarcisio Gazzini

Avidan Kent

Hakeem Seriki (in particular the legal protection of Foreign Direct Investment in emerging economies)

Youseph Farah 

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory


Stathis Banakas (including, Global Justice and Private Law)

Lucy Barnes (continental thinkers, especially the work of Lyotard, Foucault and Deleuze)

Law and Economics

Nada Ali

Morten Hviid (in particular, using game theory to analyse strategic situations where relevant actors are aware of their effects on each other)

Andreas Stephan (especially in relation to sanctions)

Sebastian Peyer 

Law and Geography

Lucy Barnes (strategies that encourage or discourage particular behavious and uses of space)

David Mead (use of place and space for political activity)

Kirsten McConnachie (space and spatiality in refugee governance)

Law and Literature


Lucy Barnes (especially, dystopia and the absence of classic juridical notions of 'law' in the work of JG Ballard)

Paul Bernal (privacy as portrayed in fiction)

Gillian Daly

Law and Regulation

Tola Amodu (Regulatory Theory, including compliance by SME's; food and environmental regulation)

Lucy Barnes

Morten Hviid (Utilities Regulation; Regulation of the Professions) 

Michael Harker (Media Regulation) 

Legal Anthropology Kirsten McConnachie

Legal History

Polly Morgan (Adult Relationships Regulation) 

Maritime Law, Law of the Sea, and Carriage of Goods

Keren Wu

Media Law and Policy


Paul Bernal (privacy, surveillance, and freedom of expression; the role of social networks such as Twitter and Facebook; how the law deals with our interactions with each other, with businesses and with authorities)

Michael Harker (especially the regulation of media markets, and media pluralism)

Morten Hviid (Digital markets and Competition Regulation)

Karen Mc Cullagh (new technologies including social media, cloud computing and surveillance)

David Mead (Communications Theory; Media Portrayal of Human Rights; Privacy) 

Medical Law

Rob Heywood (assisted suicide; clinical negligence; consent; advance and end-of-life decision making; information disclosure; mental capacity; mental health; organ transplantation)

Angelika Reichstein (Assisted Dying; Abortion; Bioethics) 

Planning Law

Tola Amodu 

Policing and Police Powers

Ian Edwards

Paul Bernal (police use of surveillance; policing the internet)

Michael Hamilton (‘policing’ and the role of ‘the police’; public order and the use of force)

David Mead (public order law; police powers and counter-terrorism; consensual police powers)

Joe Purshouse (Proportionality, Privacy and Policy; surveillance) 

Private Law (including contract, tort and unjust enrichment)


Stathis Banakas (Private law, Law of Negligence)

Morten Hviid (Economic approaches to contract law or tort law, civil litigation, procedural law)

David Mead (the regulation of public protest through private law remedies)

Sebastian Peyer (Tort)

Gareth Spark

Keren Wu (Contract)

Property Law, Equity, Trusts


Lucy Barnes (the effects of law on the communities in which it operates, particularly vulnerable populations; social housing; anti-social behaviour; graffiti; cohabitation; landlord/tenant relationships)

David Gibbs-Kneller (fiduciaries duties)

Gareth Spark

Gemma Mitchell

Tola Amodu

Public Law

Eloise Ellis (especially constitutional reform)

David Mead (UK public law)

Nikos Skoutaris (constitutional accommodation of conflicts; federalism; UK devolution and EU; Brexit)

Gareth Thomas (access to justice)

Tola Amodu (local government and administrative law) 

Public International Law


Nada Ali (international criminal law)

Tarcisio Gazzini

Michael Hamilton (transitional justice)

Avidan Kent (Public International Law; International Sustainable Development Law; International Investment Law; WTO Law; International Environmental Law; International Dispute Settlement)

Hakeem Seriki (Investment Law)

Nikos Skoutaris (including the relation of EU law and international law; self-determination)

Public Protest Law 

Michael Hamilton (particularly, the facilitation and legal regulation of protest; international standards governing the regulation of freedom of peaceful assembly; the intersection of law and social movement theory)

David Mead (including, Strasbourg freedom of assembly jurisprudence; the right to protest under the Human Rights Act 1998; protest as a form of democratic participation; the regulation of protest through private law)

Refugee Law Kirsten McConnachie (with a particular interest in southeast Asia and in socio-legal approaches to refugee law)
Sentencing Ian Edwards

Socio-Legal Approaches to Law 

David Mead

Tola Amodu

Michael Hamilton

Lucy Barnes

Karen McCullagh

Kirsten McConnachie


Transitional Justice

Michael Hamilton

Kirsten McConnachie


Ian Edwards

Kirsten McConnachie