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Current MPhil/PhD students and their research topics

Research students in the Law School at Birkbeck are an important part of our research culture. We have succeeded in recruiting very high-quality research students and the number of UK and overseas MPhil/PhD students has increased fivefold since 2001. This reflects our growing reputation as a training ground for early career academics working from critical and socio-legal perspectives. Click on the linked thesis titles (where available) to view research summaries.


Research student and thesis topic

Maria Aristodemou
  • Sara Paiola
  • Rob Herian
Jose Bellido
  • Clive Bruton Copyright and Public Domain
  • Damian Curless
  • Leythem Wall Patent Law and Biotechnology
[Note: Jose Bellido is now at Kent Law School]
Bill Bowring
Eddie Bruce-Jones
Marinos Diamantides
  • Giorgia Baldi
Costas Douzinas
  • Alexis Alvarez Nakagawa
  • Leticia Da Costa Paes
  • Marcus De Matos
  • Ozan Kamiloglu
  • Dimitrios Kivotidis
  • Zacharoula Kouki
  • Paddy McDaid Human Rights as Theodicy: The birth of 'biopolitical theology' and the implications for human rights as social reproduction
  • Moniza Rizzini Ansari
  • Tatiana Tomayeva
  • Ceylan Yildiz
Nadine El-Enany
  • Paola Pasquali Human Mobility Through the Eyes of Law. EU and China's Migration Regimes in Comparative Perspective


Michelle Everson

  • Mukesh Bhatt
  • Paul Cattigan
  • Daniele D'Alvia
  • Rui de Correia Goncalves
  • Cherry James
  • Patrick Kelly
Peter Fitzpatrick
  • Senjuti Chakraborti (jointly with Dr Mpalive Msiska, Department of English and Humanities) The Fiction of Law and The Law of Fiction: Toni Morrison and Her Archive
  • Erdem Erturk Bridging the gap between ‘factual existence’ and ‘existence as a rights bearing person’
  • Hannah Franzki Addressing socio-economic dimensions of transitional justice: the role of (transnational) legal activism. (working title)
  • Alexandra König (jointly with Tanya Serisier) The state's bad prose on migrant family life: Crafting and undoing of a hegemonic biography
  • Kojo Koram (jointly with Oscar Guardiola-Rivera) Drugs, Law and Empire: Criminalising monstrous peoples and controlling populations
  • Philipp Kender (jointly with Eddie Bruce-Jones) Neo-Liberal Anxiety and the Paradox of Pre-emptive Security
  • Christopher Lloyd 'A strange and paradoxical revolution': Derrida's Law as Autoimmune
  • Tara Mulqueen Co-operation and Social Economy in Critical Perspective: History, Politics and Law
  • Roberto Yamato Tracing the Illegal Migrant, and De-limiting the Inter/national Language.
Adam Gearey
  • Dennis Dixon
Zeina Ghandour
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
  • Kojo Koram (jointly with Peter Fitzpatrick) Drugs, Law and Empire: Criminalising monstrous peoples and controlling populations
  • Faith Marchal
  • Enrique Prieto Rios International Law of Foreign Investments: Limitation and Emancipation in Latin America
  • Zain Sardar
  • Mohammed Siddiqui
Piyel Haldar
  • Kanika Sharma
  • Mayur Suresh
Patrick Hanafin
  • Angus Macdonald
  • Jelena Nenadic
  • Sara Paiola
  • Anastasia Tataryn Arriving to work: exploring migrant labour through law and hospitality
Mike Hough
  • Tim Clayton
  • Gemma Lousley (jointly with Sarah Lamble) Sentencing of non-UK nationals in England and Wales
Sarah Lamble
  • Gemma Lousley (jointly with Mike Hough) Sentencing of non-UK nationals in England and Wales
  • Laura Lammasniemi (jointly with Dr Julia Laite, Dept. of History, Classics and Archaeology) Codifying the feminine ideal - the historical construction of the trafficked woman.
  • Lisa Wintersteiger Public legal education and legal empowerment initiatives
Elena Loizidou
Fiona Macmillan
  • Joana Alfaite
  • Henrique Carlvalho
  • Francesco Fasanella
Daniel Monk
  • Oliver Gilman
  • Caroline Lynch (jointly with Liesbeth de Block, Institute of Education) The Education Rights of Homeless Children ESRC sponsored, Bloomsbury Consortium
  • Lama Younis (jointly with Dr Karen Wells, Department of Geography) Child welfare in Saudi Arabia
Nathan Moore
  • David Thomas
  • Soo Tian Lee On the Limits of the University: Exploring a Genealogy of the Margins
Leslie Moran
  • Jennifer Higgins
  • Pamela Sellman
Stewart Motha
  • Tshepo Madlingozi
Amanda Perry-Kessaris
  • Nadtara Siriaraya
[Note: Amanda Perry-Kessaris is now Professor of Law at SOAS]
Anton Schutz
  • Giulia Bryson Luhmann, autopoiesis, understanding law in modern society
  • Abu Mohammad Reza
  • Massimiliano Traversino Genealogies of Absolutism
  • Jawad Hassan Zadeh Afghanistan - Legal Culture and Legal History
Tanya Serisier
  • Alexandra König (jointly with Peter Fitzpatrick) The state's bad prose on migrant family life: Crafting and undoing of a hegemonic biography
Sappho Xenakis
  • Martina Baradel Japanese Organised Crime