Research projects

Current research projects

Dr Edward Guntrip is writing a journal article on the content of the ‘right to regulate’ in international investment law on the origins of the modern investment law regime and the New International Economic Order.

Dr Mark Walters’s monograph, Hate Crime and Restorative Justice: exploring cases, repairing harms has recently been published by Oxford University Press: 

Dr John Child is currently co-writing a Criminal Law textbook with Professor David Ormerod. Smith and Hogan’s Criminal Law: The Essentials will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Dr Jingchen Zhao is (with Professor Andrew Keay, University of Leeds) investigating the accountability of boards of directors of Chinese companies. He is also undertaking projects looking at information disclosure requirements for social and environmental issues in Chinese company law, and at how emerging markets can promote a more efficient corporate governance model through corporate law.

Dr Phoebe Li’s monograph, Health Technologies and international intellectual property law: a precautionary approach, has recently been published by Routledge as part of the Routledge research in intellectual property book series. Dr Li has also had an article accepted for publication by the Intellectual Property Quarterly journal: ‘A precautionary approach to compulsory licensing: Tempering the data exclusivity obstacle for access to medicines’ (2014) 3 Intellectual Property Quarterly (with Pheh Hoon Lim).

Dr Lucy Finchett-Maddock is completing her first monograph entitled “Protest, Property and the Commons: Performances of Law and Resistance” (Social Justice Books Series, Routledge, 2015). 

Drawing on the phenomena of social centres, as radical political communities that use the space of squatted, rented, or owned property, the book considers how such communities offer an alternative form of law to that of the state.The book re-examines the focus of her thesis,  the occupation of space as a mode of resistance, in light of Occupy and the Year of the Protestor.

Professor Erika Szyszczak’s research area examines the transformation of the market and the state. Her research examines the acceptable forms and limits of state intervention in competitive markets and the effects of liberalisation and privatisation in goods and services previously supplied in markets closed to competition.

One aspect of her research project is examining the effect of the economic and fiscal crisis on public expenditure in the EU and the effects this may have on public and social services.  She presented a paper entitled: "Modernising Social Services in the Single Market: Putting the Market into the Social" with Dr Albert Sanchez Graells at the conference 'Fostering Growth: Reinforcing the Internal Market.'

The paper:"Introducing Competition Principles Into Health Care Through EU Law And Policy: A Case Study of the Netherlands" has been published in a Special Issue of the Medical Law Review and a commentary on the new European Commission Guidelines on State Aid for Energy and Environmental projects will be published by the Journal of European Competition Law and Policy: “Time For Renewables to Join the Market”. A shorter version New Guidelines on aid for environmental protection and energy was published on the UKSAL Blog.

Other publications include a commentary of Article 36 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights entitled: “Article 36: access to services of general economic interest". She is writing a chapter on "The Notion of State Aid" in response to the European Commission consultation and in March 2014 she presented a paper on the research in Luxembourg and this will be published in H. Hoffman and C. Micheau, EU State Aid Law and Policy.

She is now undertaking a new project which is an analysis of whether there is sufficient competition in the Pay Day Loans sector and whether Competition Law is a useful tool to remedy consumer issues in this sector. This is in response to the recent CMA findings in the market investigation.She is also commissioned to write the Chapter on EU State Aid Law for Vaughan and Roberstson EU Law, OUP.

Law research funding successes

Dr Lara Walker was awarded funding from the Nuffield Foundation totalling £88,841 for a project titled “Conflicts on Child Abduction”. The project will be run with Professor Paul Beaumont of the University of Aberdeen.The project began on 1 April 2014 and will end on 30 November 2015. 

Dr Tarik Kochi has been successfully awarded a one-year fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for the 2014/2015 academic year. Dr Kochi will conduct research on ‘Law’s material contribution: reconceptualising the global legal order’.

Professor Chris Marsden and Dr Andres Guadamuz were awarded €105,640 for the project “” from the Directorate-General for Justice of the European Commission. The two-year project started in April 2014.

Dr Phoebe Li has received £496 funding through the Sussex Researching Network Workshop. The workshop, ‘Information Governance at Sussex’, will be run with Professor Chris Marsden, Dr Andres Guadamuz and Dr Maria Mercedes Frabboni.

Professor Chris Marsden is the Principal Investigator for Sussex in the €5m FP7 European Internet Science project which runs from 2011-2015.

He leads two of the eight Joint Research Activities on Regulation & Governance (JRA4), and Virtual Communities (JRA6), and hosted the official workshops for each. For JRA4, he chaired the workshop at the United Nations 8th Internet Governance Forum in October 2013. For JRA6, he keynoted the workshop at the 26th Human Behaviour and the Evolution of Society conference in July 2014. Marsden co-chaired the first ever International Conference on Internet Science in Brussels in April 2013.

Marsden will keynote the 2nd European Conference on the Future Internet in Munich in September 2014, together with European Commission Vice President Kroes. The project outputs include over 100 formal written reports, over 500 peer-reviewed conference papers, over 1000 presentations and over 50 joint workshops.

Dr. John Jupp is the Principal Investigator for Sussex in a collaborative project with UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch which has secured £18,000 from the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund IAA. The project (‘Strengthening legal protections and support for victims of terrorism during criminal proceedings in Afghanistan’), involves: a review of international and Afghan legislative frameworks and good practice guidelines; convening a 2-day conference at UN HQ in Vienna; and drafting a Good Practices report with recommendations.

The Sussex Hate Crime Project

This three-year project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and is led by Professor Rupert Brown and Dr Mark Walters. During the study we will work with individuals and organisations from two commonly targeted groups, Muslim people and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people, in an attempt to understand how indirect experiences of hate crimes impact on individuals, communities, and society in general.

Find out more about this project