Doctoral research supervision is available in the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in the following broad areas:

Public Law and Regulation

  • Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights
  • Labour and Equality Law
  • Law and Development
  • Law and Language
  • Legislative Studies and Legislative Drafting

European and Comparative Law

  • Comparative Law
  • European Union Law
  • European Financial Law

International Law

  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Public International Law
  • Private International Law 

International Economic Law

  • International Economic Law and the WTO
  • Bilateral Investment Treaties
  • Digital Evidence and E-commerce

Private and Commercial Law

  • Banking and Securities Law
  • Company and Commercial Law
  • Economic Crime
  • Tax Law

Law, Legal Profession and Access to Justice

  • Legal Education
  • Legal Profession
  • Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution

To enquire about making an application for a research degree within IALS, please email Dr Ivan Leonidov, SAS Programmes Officer (IALS), in the first instance. Your particular research interest may be able to be supported even though it is not listed.

Research degrees can be completed on a full-time basis (up to four years) or on a part-time basis (up to seven years).

Before agreeing to accept you as a student, the Institute will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application. 

Once you have been in contact with the Institute, you will be put in touch with a potential supervisor. It is important that you discuss your draft research proposal with him or her, and that you feel you can work together. Your supervisor will discuss any further development or re-focusing of your proposal before the formal application is taken to the Institute Research Degrees Committee for approval.