Studying for a PhD at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

The School of Advanced Study is the UK's national research hub in the humanities and offers a world-class research environment to our research students. We run a range of research training programmes, open to all postgraduate students, as well as an active public engagement calendar. The School is part of the AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), through which we are able to offer a number of studentships in humanities disciplines. Our institutes also offer a range of bursaries and studentships for applicants on our programmes.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is a unique institution, which has as its mission the promotion and support of legal research in its widest sense. At the heart of the Institute is the IALS Library – the national research library for law and one of the largest law research libraries in Europe. Doctoral researchers will therefore benefit from a rich collection of materials on the law of the UK, Commonwealth and European countries, the USA and EU, as well as other national jurisdictions, international and comparative law. The IALS Library also manages several legal archive collections, and is at the forefront of providing digital resources and online legal research tools.

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How to Apply

Before agreeing to accept you, the School will require you to submit a research proposal, so it is worthwhile having this drafted ahead of a formal application. Guidelines on drafting your research proposal.

Once you have contacted the School, you will be put in touch with a potential supervisor. It is important that you discuss your outline research proposal with them, 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 relevant Research Degrees Committee for approval.

Please apply by clicking the links to the appropriate online application form for the September 2018 session. 

Location Mode Duration Apply
London Full Time 3 years Apply
London Part Time 6 years Apply
Distance Learning Full Time 3 years Apply
Distance Learning Part Time 6 years Apply

 

Distance Learning

From autumn 2017, the School of Advanced Study will offer students with an appropriate topic and level of local resource the opportunity to undertake a PhD by distance learning. These students are required to attend our London campus at set intervals to complete an intensive research training module, for upgrade, and for the viva but will otherwise study at their own location. This option is available to UK, EU and international students on the same basis as our on-campus PhD programmes (three years full time, six years part time). Fees are the same as for our on-campus PhD programmes. Please note that not all institutes and supervisors offer this option, and that some topics are not appropriate to be studied this way.

If you would like to be considered for our Research Degree programme via Distance Learning, please download and fill out the Research Degrees by Distance Learning form, to attach to your online application.

 

Subject Areas

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies offers doctoral research supervision in the following broad areas:

  • Public Law and Regulation

  • European and Comparative Law
  • International Law
  • International Economic Law
  • Private and Commercial Law
  • Law, Legal Profession and Access to Justice

Supervisors

Dr Alexandra Xanthaki

Associate Research Fellow

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Dr Xanthaki is Reader in Law at Brunel Law School, Brunel University, London.

View Dr Xanthaki's profile at at Brunel University.

 

Professor Avrom Sherr

Emeritus Professor

Avrom Sherr

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Professor Sherr graduated in Law from the London School of Economics in 1971 and qualified as a solicitor in commercial litigation with the then firm of Coward (now Clifford) Chance. From 1974 to 1990 he taught at Warwick University where he was a pioneer

Professor Sherr's main areas of interest have been the development of legal education, the sociology of the legal profession, ethics in professional work and the provision of legal services. He has also been involved in human rights generally and has written in the area of freedom of protest. Work on discrimination relating to AIDS/HIV and the issues of welfare rights provision within health care.

Avrom Sherr has been the principal architect of the concept and system of competence assessment in publicly funded legal aid work. He is the founding editor of the International Journal of the Legal Profession, was the project leader producing the seminal report "Willing Blindness" on regulation of the legal profession, and has coordinated a number of trans-European projects on legal ethics, money laundering, legal and accountancy practitioner defaults and discrimination.

He also acts as a consultant to government and professional bodies in relation to access to justice and professional training and discipline and is a member of Legal Services Complaints Commissioner's Legal Services Consumer Board.

Professor Barry Rider

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

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LL.B. (Hons) University of London; M.A., University of Cambridge; Ph.D., University of London; Ph.D., University of Cambridge; Barrister at Law (England and Wales). Honorary LL.D., (Dickinson Law School) Penn State University, USA; Honorary LL.D., University of the Free State, South Africa

Professor Charles Chatterjee

Associate Research Fellow

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Professor Chatterjee's research interests are in commercial law, including banking, trade, insurance and insolvency; and professional negligence.

He frequently worked as a legal consultant with the World Health Organization and the International Labour Office. He was also a legal consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat for a considerable period of time.  Professor Chatterjee has considerable experience in negotiating commercial contracts, including contracts pertaining to transfer of technology, international loans and international trade.

Professor Chatterjee is not only familiar with the basic commercial and investment law of African and Asian countries but also the legal environment in those countries. He is conversant with trade, banking and intellectual property regulations at both national and international levels. He has considerable experience in providing training to the legal profession including Ministries of Justice for capacity-building in regard to the general issues relating to business law, international institutional law, economic law, banking and corporate governance, intellectual property law and turn-key contracts. 

He often advises various governments on legal issues and provides training to government officials for capacity building in the areas of commercial law, the law of taxation, banking including anti-money laundering legislation and banking supervision and peace building through justice.

Dr Chizu Nakajima

Senior Associate Research Fellow

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Dr Nakajima is Director of the Centre for Financial Regulation and Crime at Cass Business School, City University London.

Chizu Nakajima specialises in corporate law and governance, corporate social responsibility, financial services law, international law, business ethics and the control of financial crime, and teaches and researches in these areas. Chizu is on the editorial board of a number of leading law journals and regularly reviews papers for leading management and law journals. She has served for many years as co-director of the annual Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime.

She has published widely on legal issues, including corporate law and governance, conflicts of interest in financial services and the control of financial crime and money laundering, from an international comparative perspective, and has lead numerous interdisciplinary research projects in the relevant areas.

Before joining City University, Chizu worked for a number of financial institutions in the City. Chizu chairs the British Japanese Law Association - a Law Society bilateral law association, and is a Fellow and member of the Advisory Council of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, a freeman of the City of London and a liveryman. 

 

Dr Constantin Stefanou

Director of Taught Programmes

Constantin Stefanou

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BA (NEC) (Summa Cum Laude), MA (Essex), MPhil. (Essex), PhD (Kent).

Summary of research interests and expertise:

Legislative Drafting; Legislative Drafting and the Policy Process; EU Politics & Law; EU Criminal Law; EU Enlargement; International Relations Theory. 

 

Professor Ilias Bantekas

Associate Research Fellow

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LLB (Athens); LLM, PhD (Liverpool); Dip Theology (Cantab)

Ilias was a Reader at Westminster Law School from 1998-2006, at which time he took up a Chair in International Law at Brunel University. He has held visiting positions at Harvard, Miami, Cleveland-State, SOAS, Yeditepe, Kadir Has (both in Istanbul), Rosario (Bogota), Trier and elsewhere. He is an active member of the Athens Bar and is currently Off-Counsel to Mourgelas and Associates Law Firm in Athens, having advised widely on international law and foreign investment.

Professor Kern Alexander

Senior Research Fellow in Financial Services Law and Regulation

Kern Alexander

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Kern Alexander is Professor of Banking and Financial Market Regulation at the University of Zurich and is Senior Research Fellow in Financial Regulation at the Centre for Risk Studies, University of Cambridge. He is a lawyer and economist with a research focus on the regulation of systemic risk in financial markets. His academic publications include co-author of the first book to analyse critically the international and European regulation of systemic risk in financial markets (Global Governance of Financial Systems (OUP 2006) with Dhumale and Eatwell). He is also the author of Economic Sanctions: Law and Public Policy (Macmillan, 2009) providing a comprehensive analysis of the regulatory and governance aspects of economic and financial sanctions. He has written extensively on UK market abuse and insider law and regulation, and is co-editor of the Research Handbook on International Financial Regulation (Elgar, 2012 with Dhumale) and co-editor with N. Moloney of Law Reform and Financial Markets (2011, Elgar).

He has authored many academic articles on EU and UK banking law and regulation.

In addition, he has authored or co-authored twelve commissioned reports for the European Parliament on EU financial regulation and the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis. He was a Member of the Expert Panel on Financial Services for the European Parliament (2009-2014). He was Specialist Advisor to the British Parliament's Joint Select Committee on the Financial Services 2012 (2011-2012).

Professor Mads Andenas

Senior Research Fellow in Company and Commercial Law

Professor Mads Andenas

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Professor Andenas was for a period the Director of the Norwegian Human Rights Centre, which is the National Human Rights Institution of Norway, and with functions of a human rights ombudsman.

He is currently one of the UN Human Rights Mandate Holders under the Human Rights Council, and a Member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Barrister (England and Wales, Middle Temple); an Advokat in Norway. Bencher of Inner Temple.

Professor Andenas has been a Senior Research Fellow at the IALS since 1993 and holds a Chair in Law at the University of Leicester. He is a Honorary Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies and a Member of the SALS Advisory Council. He is also a Senior Teaching Fellow in European Community Law at the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford, and a Supernumerary Fellow of Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford.

He was the Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London (1999-2005). Previously, he had been at King's College, University of London (since 1991), where he was the Director of the Centre of European Law and where he continues as a Visiting Professor. In 2002-3 he held the Chaire W J Ganshof van der Meersch under the Fondation Philippe Wiener-Maurice Anspach at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and has been a Visiting Professor at a number of European and US universities, including the University of Rome La Sapienza (2005-2010), University of Paris I La Sorbonne (2006) and Ecole normale superieure Paris (2008-9).

The supervision of postgraduate research students has been Professor Andenas' main contribution at the IALS, and most of his former PhD students today hold academic posts in the UK and abroad, whereas some work in the legal profession or international organizations.

Professor Andenas is General Editor of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly (Oxford University Press) and of European Business Law Review (Kluwer Law International) and on the editorial boards of some ten other law journals and book series.

 

Dr Mahmood Bagheri

Course Director: LLM In International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation And Economic Law And Senior Associate Research Fellow

Mahmood Bagheri

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Dr. Bagheri is currently a Senior Associate Research Fellow and teaches the International Trade and Finance module on the LLM programme.  His previous academic appointments include Lecturer in International Trade and Finance Law, School of Law, Brunel University; Research Fellow, Centre for Financial regulation, Cass Business School, City University; Visiting Senior Fellow and Lecturer in Banking and Finance Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College; Visiting Professor of law at the National University of Malaysia; Visiting Lecturer in Commercial Law, Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London; Visiting Lecturer in Contract Law, Open University; Visiting academic, School of Law, Doshisha University, Japan; Visiting scholar, Max Planck Institute, Germany.  Dr. Bagheri is also an assistant Professor of Banking and Financial Regulation at the University of Tehran.

Dr Maren Heidemann

Visiting Fellowship 2016-17 

Dr Maria Gavounelli

Associate Research Fellow

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Dr Gavounelli is a Lecturer in International Law. She is also a contributor to Oxford Reports on International Law.

Dr Mazhar Ilahi

Associate Research Fellow

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Researcher, Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies

 

Professor Philip Baker

Senior Associate Research Fellow

Richard Alexander

Lecturer in Financial Law, SOAS

Sa'id Mosteshar

Senior Associate Research Fellow

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Sa’id Mosteshar is the Director of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law and its Professor of International Space Law. A Barrister and California Attorney, he has advised governments, international agencies and major space corporations on legal and policy issues for over twenty-five years. Among his degrees he holds a bachelor’s degree in physics. Sa’id is a member of the Space Leadership Council, and of the UK delegation to the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. He is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and a past Chairman of the Outer Space Law Committee of the International Bar Association. He teaches space law and policy and is a frequent speaker at international space conferences.

He has been involved in arbitrations as counsel and acted as arbitrator in two US disputes. One concerned the right to orbital and frequency assignments and the other in related to the rights to satellite-based data compression algorithms.

He has been involved in arbitrations as counsel and acted as arbitrator in two US disputes. One concerned the right to orbital and frequency assignments and the other in related to the rights to satellite-based data compression algorithms.

 

Professor Terry Daintith

Professorial Fellow

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Director 1988-1995; Government Lawyers Training Consultant

Dr Maria Mousmouti

Lecturer in Law

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Maria's work throughout the years essentially consists in supporting, documenting and assisting reform initiatives through research and capacity-building in areas related to judicial independence, public administration reform, constitutional reform, human rights, quality of regulatory systems and legislation and facilitating of access to justice.

She has actively worked in more than 20 countries in Southern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. Her most recent projects include identifying obstacles to the exercise of the rights of people with disabilities (Greece, 2014), coordinating data collection for monitoring the respect of fundamental rights (FRA, since 2007), providing assistance to the Serbian Parliament (EU, ongoing), assessing the effectiveness of the Victims Directive (EU, ongoing), consolidating the legislation on gender equality in Greece (Greece 2012-2013), designing a system for assessing the impacts of legislation on gender (Greece 2013), reducing bureaucracy and measuring administrative burdens to the Greek legal order (Greece, 2010), drafting legislation to support the education reforms of the Ministry of Education (Greece, 2011), mapping the legislative drafting process in Syria (Damascus, 2010), conducting research to document reforms to enhance judicial independence in Azerbaijan (Baku, 2011), assessing the compliance of Greek legislation with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and drafting a bill to ensure its effective transposition (Greece, 2012).

Maria is fluent in Greek, English, French, Spanish and has basic knowledge of German.

Helen Xanthaki

Senior Associate Research Fellow

Helen Xanthaki

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LLB (Athens) - 1990; M. Jur (Dunelm) - 1993; PhD (Dunelm) - 2000

Summary of research interests and expertise:

Legislative drafting, especially drafting in the common law, drafting in the civil law and drafting in the EU focusing on transposition, harmonisation and approximation; Law reform and law reform agencies; Comparative Law and Research Methods, especially legal transplants in the legislative process; EU law, especially EU Criminal Law. Recent books include the 2014 Hart monograph "Drafting Legislation: Art and Technology of Rules for Regulation"; the 2014 Routledge edited book "Enhancing Legislative Drafting in the Commonwealth: a Wealth of Innovation", and the 2013 5th Edition of Thornton's Legislative Drafting. Recent publications include articles published in The Theory and Practice of Legislation, the Statte Law Review, and the European Journal of Law Reform.

Consultancy services in the field of legislative drafting; law reform; approximation, harmonisation, transposition; EU criminal law. Recent research projects include the AHRC funded project on big data in legislation; and the evaluation of the Victims' Rights Directive and its transposition. Recent consultancies include services in Vietnam, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Rwanda.

 

Professor Diamond Ashiagbor

Professor of Law and Director of Research

Professor Diamond Ashiagbor

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Diamond Ashiagbor joined the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in October 2016, having previously been Professor of Labour Law at SOAS University of London. Her previous positions include: Reader in Law and Lecturer in Law at University College London; Research Fellow in the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford and Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford; Lecturer in Law at the University of Hull.

She has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, New York; Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School; and Visiting Researcher at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), Bruges. She has also been the recipient of a US-EU Fulbright Research Award; a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship at the European University Institute; and a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship.

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