Law Research Overview

Research in the School of Law is focussed around the areas of Administrative Justice, Consumer Law, Commercial Law, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Human Rights, International Child Law, International and European Union (EU) Law, Law and Humanities, and Social Security Law and draws upon both doctrinal and empirical methods.

The School of Law at De Montfort University invites applications to the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership from UK and EU students . Selected members of the school and their research interests are listed below:

Professor Estella Baker:
Her primary area of expertise is EU, transnational and comparative criminal law and justice, particularly the evolving penal competence of the EU and its role in governance and citizenship. She also works in the field of punishment and sentencing.

Vanessa Bettinson
Vanessa’s current research interests are concerned with legal responses to domestic violence both within international and European human rights legal frameworks and domestically

Professor Trevor Buck:
Administrative Justice, in particular tribunals, ombudsmen, proportionate dispute resolution and theories of administrative justice
International Child Law, in particular the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, children and armed conflict, child labour and children’s ombudsmen
Social Security Law, in particular the Social Fund (UK) – I author the nationally recognised authoritative work on social fund law and practice

Professor Gavin Dingwall
Alcohol and crime;
Sentencing policy and theory
Criminal justice policy.

Professor Michael Hirst
His major areas of teaching and research are criminal law and criminal evidence, but he has also published work on sentencing, road traffic law, company law, legal history and criminal procedure.

Professor Mel Kenny
Mel’s work focuses on the intersection of Private Law, EU Law, Consumer Law and Commercial Law and reflects on these areas from both Comparative and Private International perspectives. In addition, Mel has a research focus in Competition issues and in particular the application of Competition to the State and Public Undertakings.

Professor Ronnie Mackay
Ronnie Mackay has a long and distinguished record of research in criminal law and mental health law, with particular emphasis on mental condition defences and mentally abnormal offenders.

Martin Morgan-Taylor
Martin researches the legal impact of light pollution, namely the wasted carbon emissions and wasted money from wasted light, harm to human and animal health, as well as the loss of the night sky and the creation of dark sky places.

Martin also researches consumer protection, particularly the protection of consumers against unfair commercial practices and terms, as well as protection when buying online.

Jo Samanta
Jo has a wide range of research interests which include: end of life decision-making, regulation of the medical profession, and faith and ethnicity in health care law.

Julia Shaw
Law and the Humanities
Commercial Law

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