Law (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • Sussex Law provides a truly international, stimulating and engaging learning environment, meaning you will have a rich base of knowledge and expertise to help you discover what interests you most.
  • Law at Sussex is renowned as a world-leading centre of research with some of today’s leading lawyers among our faculty.
  • You can be confident that Law at Sussex will provide you with the necessary skills and experience to secure employment or further studies with some of the world’s leading institutions.
Specialist facilities

The University Library is a European Documentation Centre, and Library holdings in the fields of European law and international law are particularly strong. The University is a subscriber to LEXIS, Lawtel and Westlaw, the online data retrieval systems for law, through which significant libraries of UK, European,
US and other international legal materials may be accessed.


  • PhD in Law Studies

Current and recent research topics of students within Law include evaluation of the introduction of referral orders into the youth justice process, use of shared residence arrangements in English and Swedish law, regulatory competence in the EU, political participation of women in Afghanistan, and regulation of cultural heritage in post-conflict societies.


Research supervision is available in a range of areas, reflecting the research interests of faculty members. We are keen to receive applications from students interested in any area of Sussex Law School faculty expertise. Practising lawyers interested in extending their academic knowledge by means of in-depth research are also encourged to apply.

Coursework and progression

You complete an outline of your research at the end of Year 1. A PhD workshop series runs in the autumn and spring terms, including Advanced Legal Research • Legal Research Methodologies • Qualitative Interviewing • Presentation Skills • Publishing in Law • Preparing for the Viva. You can also enrol on social research methods modules, which may be recommended by your supervisor.

Entry requirements

PhD in Law Studies

UK entrance requirements

Applicants must have a Masters degree (or equivalent work experience) and an undergraduate degree, preferably in law although other relevant subjects such as politics, economics or history will be considered. All applicants must submit a 2,000-word research proposal succinctly outlining their chosen topic of study

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

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Fees and funding


PhD in Law Studies fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

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2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Faculty interests

Law at Sussex has active research groups in its primary research fields, exploring legal conceptualisations of responsibility, and issues of citizenship and governance. These groups meet regularly for the presentation of work in progress, as reading groups, to host external speakers and to plan the organisation of research seminars, workshops and conferences. The Centre for Responsibilities, Rights and the Law, located within the Sussex Law School, brings together researchers from across the University to facilitate and develop doctrinal, theoretical and empirical research into responsibilities, rights and the law nationally, in the EU and internationally.

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Dr Stephanie Berry
Lecturer in Public Law

Research interests: Freedom of Religion, International human rights, Minority Rights, Public international law, The European convention on human rights

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Dr Kimberley Brayson
Lecturer in Law

Research interests: Critical Legal Theory, Feminist Legal Studies, Jurisprudence/Philosophy Of Law, The European convention on human rights

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Dr Philip Bremner
Lecturer in Tort Law

Research interests: Assisted Reproduction, Comparative Family Law, Comparative Law, Cross-border family law, EU Law, Family (especially child) law, Gender and Sexuality, legal theory, LGBTQ+ Legal Issues, Mental Health Law, Private international law, Research design and methodology, Same-Sex Parenting, Sexuality and the law, Socio Legal Studies, Surrogacy, Tort Law

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Prof Jo Bridgeman
Professor of Healthcare Law & Feminist Ethics

Research interests: critiques of rights, family and parental responsibility, feminist perspectives on law, Healthcare Law and Ethics, Legal regulation of children's health, Responsibilities to children

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Dr Qingxiu Bu
Senior Lecturer in Corporate/CommercialLaw

Research interests: Corporate Criminal Liability and Anti-Bribery Law, Corporate Finance Law, Extraterritoriality, Sovereignty and Global Crime, Financial Fraud Litigation, Foreign Investment and National Security, Global Antitrust Enforcement, International Business and Human Rights, Transnational Business Law

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Dr John Child
Senior Lecturer

Research interests: Criminal law, Criminal law theory

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Dr Alex Conte
Reader in Human Rights Law

Research interests: Counter-terrorism, detention, fair trial, global security, International human rights, international humanitarian law, Public international law

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Dr Elizabeth Craig
Senior Lecturer

Research interests: Bills of Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture, Identity, International human rights, Language rights, Minority Rights

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Dr Mark Davies
Senior Lecturer In Law

Research interests: Healthcare Law and Ethics, higher education, Professional regulation, Science and law

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Dr Kamala Dawar
Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law

Research interests: Competition and consumer law, Development law, International Financial Law, International political economy, International trade law, Investment Arbitration, Public procurement and subsidy regulation

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Mr Paul Eden
Senior Lecturer in Law

Research interests: Carriage by Air, Carriage of Goods by Sea, International Commercial Law, International Sales Law, Law of Treaties, Legal Interpretation, Plurilingualism, Statehood and Recognition, Terrorist Financing, The Crime of Apartheid

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Dr Lucy Finchett-Maddock
Lecturer in Law

Research interests: Aesthetics and Politics, Commons, Complexity and Law, Critical Legal Theory, Entropy, Environmental law, Geographies of Law, Law and Art, Law Relating To Property, Property law, Right to Housing, Right to Protest, Social Theory, Speculative Philosophy, Squatting, William S. Burroughs (disobedience)

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Dr Maria Frabboni
Lecturer in Law

Research interests: intellectual property law, Law and economics of intellectual property, Policy, Arts Management & Creative Industries

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Dr Tom Frost
Lecturer In Legal Theory

Research interests: Critical Legal Theory, Giorgio Agamben, Jurisprudence/Philosophy Of Law, Michel Foucault

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Dr Ahmad Ghouri
Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law

Research interests: Alternative Dispute Resolution, comparative corporate law and governance, international commercial arbitration, International Commercial Law, international dispute resolution, international investment law, investor-state arbitration, Islamic commercial law

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Dr Sabrina Gilani
Lecturer in Canadian Law

Research interests: aboriginal rights, Critical Legal Theory, digital embodiment, Digital Humanities, legal geography, legal pluralism, Minority Rights, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, posthumanism, Socio-legal theory, sociology of law, sociology of the body

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Dr Andres Guadamuz
Senior Lecturer In Intellectual PropertyLaw

Research interests: Comparative Law, Complexity and Law, Copyright Law, Cyberlaw, intellectual property law, Internet Law, Internet regulation, Law and economics of intellectual property, Software patents, Virtual worlds

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Dr Edward Guntrip
Lecturer In Law

Research interests: Foreign direct investment, global commons, international dispute resolution, international investment law, investor-state arbitration, Public international law

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Dr Sirko Harder
Reader in Law

Research interests: Civil remedies, Law of obligations, Private international law

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Dr Bonnie Holligan
Lecturer In Property Law

Research interests: Environmental law, Land law, Property law

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Dr Helena Howe
Lecturer In Law

Research interests: environmental education, Property law, Sustainable agriculture

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Dr Michael Kearney
Senior Lecturer

Research interests: accountability, anarchism, apartheid, capitalism, Colonialism, cover up, fact-finding missions, Human Rights, incitement, international criminal court, International Criminal Law, jurisdiction, lawfare, middle east, palestine, propaganda for war, Public international law, responsibility, statehood, Transitional justice, war crimes

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Prof Heather Keating
Professor of Criminal Law & Criminal Responsibility

Research interests: Family (especially child) law

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Dr Colin King
Senior Lecturer

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Dr Tarik Kochi
Senior Lecturer

Research interests: Critical Legal Theory, Critical Theory, Hegel, History and Theory of War, History of political economy, History of Political Thought, International Law, International Political Theory, Jurisprudence/Philosophy Of Law, Social and political theory

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Mr Laurence Koffman
Emeritus Reader

Research interests: Youth justice and diversion

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Dr Phoebe Li
Senior Lecturer

Research interests: 3D bioprinting, 3D printing, Access to health technologies, Compulsory licensing, International intellectual property, Patents, Regulation of science and technology

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Mr Craig Lind
Senior Lecturer in Law

Research interests: Child Law, Family Law, Gender and law, Sexuality and the law

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Dr Emily Lydgate
Lecturer In Environmental Law

Research interests: agriculture and conservation, biodiversity and climate change regulation, Economic integration, Environmental policy, Renewable Energy, Trade liberalization

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Prof Chris Marsden
Professor Of Media Law

Research interests: broadcasting law, Internet Law, Internet policy, Internet Science, Law and economics, Media law, Net Neutrality, Open Access to Law, Telecommunications Law

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Prof Donald Mcgillivray
Professor of Environmental Law

Research interests: access to land, Climate change, Environmental law, Land law, Land Use, Water Resources

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Prof Susan Millns
Professor of Law

Research interests: citizenship, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, European Union Law, Feminist Legal Studies, Human Rights

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Dr Maria Moscati
Lecturer in Family Law

Research interests: Access to justice, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Cause Lawyering, Children's rights, Comparative Family Law, Comparative Law, Family Law, Law in Context, Rights of LGBTI People, Sexuality and the law

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Dr Verona Ni Drisceoil
Lecturer in Law

Research interests: Culture and Identity Rights, FGM, Language Legislation, Language rights, law and culture, Minority Rights

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Dr Aisling O'Sullivan
Lecturer in Law

Research interests: Critical approaches to international criminal law, History of International Criminal Law, Immunity of State Officials in International Criminal law, Universal Jurisdiction in International Law

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Dr Emanuela Orlando
Lecturer in Environmental Law

Research interests: environmental crime, environmental liability, EU Law, International and EU environmental law

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Dr Tanya Palmer
Lecturer in Law

Research interests: Criminal law and criminal justice, Criminal law theory, Embodiment, feminist perspectives on law, Feminist theory, gender, Gender and Sexuality, gender-based violence, Research design and methodology, Sexual and gendered subjectivities, sexual violence, Socio Legal Studies

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Dr Amir Paz-Fuchs
Senior Lecturer

Research interests: Employment Law, legal theory, Privatisation and outsourcing, Social rights and social justice, Socio Legal Studies

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Dr Charlotte Skeet
Lecturer in Law

Research interests: Post-colonial legal theory

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Mrs Teresa Sutton
Lecturer in Law

Research interests: Ecclesiastical law, Land law, Land Use, Land Use Change, Law Relating To Property, Legal History, Property law

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Prof Erika Szyszczak
Research Professor

Research interests: EU Competition Law, EU Employment Law, EU Governance, EU State Aid Law and Policy, EU trade policy, New Models of Public Services, Post Brexit Trade Policy, Public Procurement, Services of General Economic Interest, Transformation of the state and markets

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Dr Kenneth Veitch
Senior Lecturer

Research interests: health care law, medical law, obligation, Social policy, Social Theory, Socio Legal Studies, sociology of law, Welfare state

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Prof Richard Vogler
Professor of Comparative Criminal Law &Criminal Justice

Research interests: Comparative Law, Criminal justice reform, Criminal law and criminal justice, Criminal Law And Criminology

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Dr Lara Walker
Senior Lecturer in Law

Research interests: Cross-border family law, Family (especially child) law, Private international law

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Dr Mark Walters
Reader in Criminal Law and CriminalJustice

Research interests: Criminal justice reform, Criminal law and criminal justice, Criminology, hate crime, Restorative justice, sexual violence

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Dr Joanna Wilson
Lecturer In Commercial Law

Research interests: bail in, bail out, bank regulation, banking, banking law, club governance, Common Law, Including Commercial Law, Corporate/commercial law, crisis management, lender of last resort

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