Research projects

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