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Law PhD (Doctor of Philosophy): Research areas

Current research in this subject

The Law School PhD programme is devised to give you the supervision and skills needed to complete a thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Opportunities are available for study on a full-time or a part-time basis.

While there is diverse expertise within the Law School and we welcome applications in all areas of legal study, we particularly welcome applications in the following areas:

  • criminal justice history;
  • legal history;
  • employment law;
  • concept of law (especially modern natural law theory) and law and social theory;
  • administration of justice (especially research into the practice of magistrates, juries and judges);
  • corporate governance (especially corporate social responsibility);
  • insolvency (especially personal insolvency law of England and Wales);
  • international commercial law (especially air and space law);
  • environmental law (especially carbon law, sustainability and urban regeneration);
  • labour law (especially contract of employment or trade union law);
  • immigration (especially refugee law);
  • youth crime;
  • comparative law (especially German law compared with the UK); and
  • legal education.

As a PhD student within the Law School, you will be expected to attend the University's research training sessions and a series of in-house training seminars run by the Law School. These latter sessions take the form of research 'masterclasses', where an experienced member of the Law School leads a session intended to reflect upon different aspects of conducting research in law. You are also invited to attend the Law School research seminars arranged for members of the academic staff.

For further information about the Law School PhD programme (including the availability of supervision in an area of your interest) please contact Dr Phil Harris.

You can view the full range of research papers published by Kingston Law School academics via the Kingston University Research Repository.

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