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City Law School doctoral students excel in presentations

Isabella Mancini and Alex Powell emerge from The City Law School's 2019 Postgraduate Research Forum with prizes for outstanding presentations.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

The City Law School held its 2019 Postgraduate Research Forum on May 10th.

Held in C315 (Tait Building) and chaired by Professor Panos Koutrakos, Professor Ian Loveland, Dr Andriani Kalintiri and Dr Jed Odermatt, the event provided a forum for doctoral candidates to present their work before peers and academics.

The presentations of Isabella Mancini (The Place of Fundamental Rights in the New Generation of EU Trade Agreements with other Developed Economies) and Alex Powell (Queering Refugee Law: Credibility, Authenticity, and the Lived Experiences of Sexual and Gender Minority Asylum Seekers) were selected as the most outstanding during the Research Forum. They were awarded £250 each for their efforts.

Data protection and privacy rights

Isabella joined City, University of London, in 2017, as a PhD candidate and as an Early Stage Researcher under the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network on EU Trade and Investment Policy (EUTIP), under the supervision of Professor Elaine Fahey and Dr Tawhida Ahmed.

Her research poses the question: “How ‘deep’ are fundamental rights in the new generation of EU trade agreements with other developed economies?”.

The question is motivated by the lack of academic research of the depth of the so-called “new generation of EU deep trade agreements” in terms of fundamental rights. ‘Deep’ is understood in two ways: as indicative of the dimension of trade law-making to be analysed and as embodying the normative benchmark, the broader normative stance being one of democratisation of global governance and law-making beyond the state. The focus is on two sets of fundamental rights, namely labour rights and data protection and privacy rights; and on the latest trade initiatives between the EU and other developed economies in North America and Asia: Canada, the US, Singapore and Japan.

Alex’s research focuses on the ability of asylum guidance and practice relating to sexual and gender minority claims to reflect the lived experiences of sexual and gender minority asylum seekers.

Using a series of semi-structured interviews, Alex will interrogate whether there is a mismatch between the ways in which sexual and gender minority claimants experience their identities and the knowledges decision-makers employ when assessing the credibility of a proclaimed identity. He is supervised by
Dr Tawhida Ahmed and Dr Nora Honkala.

Other presentations during the 2019 Postgraduate Research Forum included Diana Filatova's International Arbitration as a method to resolve intellectual property Disputes, and Maja Zarcovic's Asylum Seekers Accused of Serious Criminality: The Political Implications of Article 1F.

Professor Koutrakos chaired a session titled, How to publish your PhD thesis, featuring guest speaker Sinead Moloney, the Editorial Director and General Manager of Hart Publishing.

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