Research

  1. Centre for Child and Family Law Reform
  2. Centre for Crime and Justice Research
  3. Centre for Law, Justice & Journalism
  4. Centre for the Study of Legal Professional Practice
  5. The Critical Corporation Project
  6. ILAG
  7. ISEL
  8. Jean Monnet Chair in European Law
  9. LUMLP
  10. External Research Seminars
  11. Research Students
  12. Research Degrees
  13. Academic Visitor Programme
  14. Support
  15. Ethics and Integrity
  16. Working Papers Series
    1. Centre for Child and Family Law Reform
    2. Centre for Crime and Justice Research
    3. Centre for Law, Justice & Journalism
    4. Centre for the Study of Legal Professional Practice
    5. The Critical Corporation Project
    6. ILAG
    7. ISEL
    8. Jean Monnet Chair in European Law
    9. LUMLP
    10. External Research Seminars
    11. Research Students
    12. Research Degrees
    13. Academic Visitor Programme
    14. Support
    15. Ethics and Integrity
    16. Working Papers Series

Research

The City Law School's research ranges from doctrinal to socio-legal, across a broad subject matter. Our Research Centres, Institutes and Groups promote cutting-edge research with a view to advancing knowledge and bringing value to society.

Our research centres and groups, their associated academic experts and research students are grouped under the following areas of expertise:

Commercial and Corporate Law

Our expertise in international commercial law and regulation includes arbitration and dispute resolution, international trade, Intellectual Property, insurance, shipping law, competition law, financial law, WTO law, energy law and EU business regulation.

We aim to:

  • Provide intellectual leadership in international commercial law and regulation.
  • Conduct innovative research in corporate governance. For example, our ESRC-funded Critical Corporation project brings together experts in law, management, economics and social sciences to provide a collaborative critical analysis of the corporation.
  • Offer PhD supervision in a variety of fields of international commercial law and regulation.
  • Host regular events on commercial and corporate law for academics and practitioners.

The development of regular synergies between the School and the profession provide clearer focus to the study of, and research on, commercial law, raise the profile of commercial law within the University and promote discussion, reflection and knowledge about regulation. We aim to bring together legal scholars, practitioners and decision-makers for expert discussion of current developments. In addition, we are ideally placed to raise awareness about commercial law to a wider audience of non-academics and specialists.

Associated research projects

Associated academic experts

Associated research students

Current PhD students and theses:

  • Nikola Georgiev: Establishing a corporate governance structure for the emerging sukuk market in the Middle East - challenges of implementation and compliance in closing the regulatory gap.
  • Dogan Gultutan: Awarding of Damages in International Investment Arbitrations
  • Simge Haznedaroglu: Corporate Governance of Banks: A critical analysis of the corporate governance failures exposed by the recent financial crisis through the comparison of the comply-or-explain approach with the compulsory principles brought by the new Turkish regulations.
  • Nataliya Hitsevich: Intellectual Property Infringement on the Internet: An Analysis of the Private International Law Implications.
  • Petya Ilieva: Judicialization of International Commercial Arbitration.
  • Neshat Safari: A Comparative study of derivative suits in the United States and United Kingdom: two different approaches toward the role of derivative suits.
  • Gauri Sinha: Anti-Money Laundering Compliance in Banks: A Critical Analysis of UK Law and Regulation

Completed PhD students

  • Jose Maria Lezcano Navarro (completed his PhD in 2014): Piercing the Corporate Veil in Panama: An Anglo-American Doctrine in the Civil Law Context

Criminal Law & Criminal Justice

The Centre for Law Justice and Journalism (CLJJ) is the first major interdisciplinary centre in the UK to explore the interface of law, justice and journalism in society through the disciplines of Law, Criminology and Journalism at City University London.

Our experts bring together a wealth of specialist knowledge of criminal justice, criminology and criminal law. We promote and advance national and comparative research and scholarship in the following areas: criminal law and criminal justice; legal cultures; media, crime and criminal justice; punishment; policing; sociology of law and victimology.

Our mission is to conduct research and analysis that informs public understanding of crime, criminal justice and socio-legal transformations, policy formation and scholarly development.

We do so through the organisation of seminars, workshops and public lectures. Centre members also run specialist courses in criminology, criminal justice, and socio-legal studies and supervise doctoral students.

We are at the forefront of research innovation using multi-disciplinary approaches. The Centre for Crime and Justice Research serves as a focal point for criminal justice and criminological research at City University London. Reflecting its interdisciplinary approach, the CCJR includes members from The City Law School and the Department of Sociology.

Associated research centres

Associated academic experts

Associated research students and theses

  • Sam McIntosh: Open Justice and Investigations into Deaths at the Hands of the State.
  • Oliver O'Callaghan: An Examination of the Legal Restrictions on Press Freedom in England: To What Extent is Freedom of Speech among Journalists Protected or Restricted by the English Law including Defamation and Privacy?

European Law

Our expertise is wide and covers EU constitutional law, EU international relations, internal market law, human rights, competition, and European immigration law.

As an international centre of excellence in European law, we

  • Have a team of internationally renowned scholars
  • Participate actively in shaping cutting-edge research in EU law (for instance, Panos Koutrakos is the joint editor of European Law Review and Alan Dashwood is President of the UK Association for European Law)
  • Work closely with other scholars beyond City Law School whose research has a European dimension
  • Offer PhD supervision in a variety of fields in EU law
  • Host conferences, workshops, and seminars regularly with high profile scholars, practitioners and policy-makers across Europe

The development of regular synergies between the City Law School and the legal professions will give clearer focus to the study of, and research on, EU law. It will raise the profile of EU studies within the University and promote discussion, reflection and knowledge about the EU integration process.

We aim to bring together legal scholars, practitioners and decision-makers for expert discussion of current developments. In addition, we are ideally placed to raise awareness about EU current affairs to a wider audience of non-academics and specialists.

Associated research centres

Associated acedemic experts

Associated research students and theses

  • Anna Labedzka : The European Union and shaping of its neighbourhood: in pursuit of stability, security and prosperity.

Legal Professions & Professional Practice

Maritime Law and Transport

Our expertise covers issues of jurisdiction, maritime law and practice, risk management, litigation and arbitration law.

We host The London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group (LUMLP), a non-profit making collaborative network of London academic institutions with research interests in Maritime Law and Policy. We discuss, disseminate and develop research in Maritime Law and Policy. The networks is drawn from a wide range of academic and research institutions, professional groups, commercial organisations and individuals sharing a common interest in maritime law and policy.

We seeks to contribute to the maintenance of a vibrant international community of legal scholars and recognises in particular the importance of international collaborations to staff undertaking research with an international or multi-jurisdictional dimension.

Associated research group

Associated academic experts

Associated research students

Current research students and theses

  • Aniekan Akpan: Maritime Cabotage Law: Its Ramifications in World Trade and Services.
  • Dimitrios Arvanitis: Marine pollution originating from offshore oil and gas installations: International and comparative perspectives on the role of liability in addressing and remedying oil spill accidents.
  • Julia Constantino Chagas Lessa: What lies underneath the term 'abandoned seafarer'?
  • Carlo Corcione: Third parties protection in carriage of goods by sea.
  • Dogan Gultutan: Awarding of Damages in International Investment Arbitrations
  • Shengnan Jia: “Property” Remedy Clauses in Charterparties.
  • Faizah Nazri Abd Rahman: Shipper Liability for Cargo
  • Minli Tang: Enhancing financing arrangement in the global upstream offshore oil and gas industry, from a private commercial law perspective

Completed research students and theses

  • Shahnaz Sulaiman: General Aviation - The Application of Stakeholder Theory to the Regulatory Framework.
  • Jose Maria Lezcano: The Doctrine of Piercing the Corporate Veil in Panama: An Anglo-American Doctrine in the Civil Law Context

Public International Law

International law is one of the fastest growing legal fields. Our academics seek to advance understanding about the rules that govern an increasingly global society. To do so, we offer expert research and teaching in international law of the sea, law of treaties, international human rights in law and practice, minorities and indigenous peoples in international law, international dispute settlement, international responsibility of states and international organisations, international law and the global economy, international criminal law, and the law of armed conflict.

Our interdisciplinary International Law and Affairs Group (ILAG) provides a forum for research that combines insights from both international law and international relations scholarship.

Associated research group

Associated academic experts

Associated research students

Current research students and theses

  • Annabel Beales: The suitability of interests-based and values-based approaches to FPIC consultation.
  • Pinar Canga: The detention of undocumented children in the UK and Turkey as an immigration policy: Problems and Alternatives.
  • Julie Crutchley: The Role of Victim Participation and Reparations in International Criminal Law to Align the Goals of Peace and Justice.
  • Anna Evangelidi: Is the law of armed conflict (LOAC) out of step with unmanned weapons technologies?

Completed research students and theses

  • Chiara Berneri: The Movement and Residence Rights of Third Country National Family Members of EU Citizens: A Historical and Jurisprudential Approach
  • Mohammed Barakat: The legality of the use of force against Iraq in 2003

Public Law

Our academics consider questions of local government, constitutional law and housing law.

Associated academic experts

Socio-legal Studies

Trade and Competition Law

We bring together a team of leading legal scholars and specialist researchers, as well as building on an extensive record of teaching at the cutting edge of competition and trade law.

Our expertise include WTO rules, issues in copyright, patent, and trademark law, cybercrime, e-commerce, information privacy law, Internet law and aviation law.

The stimulating environment generated by these links is further enhanced by a network of distinguished visitors offering occasional lectures and seminars on current issues and debates in theory and policy.

Associated academic experts

Associated research students

Current research students and theses

  • Mariem Ben Slimane: Arab countries in the World Trade Organization: an emerging Arab presence within the WTOs decision-making and dispute-settlement process?
  • Chijioke Chijioke-Oforji: The Legal Aspects of Sovereign Wealth Fund Investments
  • Dogan Gultutan: Awarding of Damages in International Investment Arbitrations
  • Nataliya Hitsevich: Intellectual Property Infringement on the Internet: An Analysis of the Private International Law Implications.

Completed research students and theses

  • Georgia Parpa: Establishing the Rule of Law in EU Merger Procedures