MPhil / PhD

The University of York is a research intensive university which offers a wide range of degrees. Research students develop their own project of academic study with their academic supervisor. Training is provided by the department of law and assessment by thesis which is submitted at the end of the degree.

Funded PhD scholarships commencing October 2018 from the White Rose Consortium

Progression Policy for YLS PGR Students

The need for this policy arises because of changes to the University rules on Progression.

Importantly, Progression will now be an annual event and will be a genuine “Progression” hurdle rather than a “Confirmation”. It changes emphasis from a single hurdle embodied in “Confirmation” to continuing/ongoing review of a student’s performance in pursuit of research degree award. Full details can be found here.

Details of current research students and PhD topics:


Carol Forrest
Conceptualising Blame Culture: A Comparative Study of Work-Related Stress Claims in England and Germany
Supervisor: Jenny Steele

Leigh Roberts
Social landlords and their control of anti social behaviour perpetrated by mentally disabled tenants: A critical analysis of the law and policy
Supervisor: Caroline Hunter and Charlotte O’Brien

Aisha Rasool
Derivative Actions in Pakistan and Transplantation of English Law
Supervisor: Richard Nolan

Chloe Gilgan
Sovereignty and the Proportionate Responsibility to Intervene Born of Our Common Humanity - White Rose ESRC Network: Moral Progress and its Political Limits: Alternative Forms of Intervention
Supervisor: Lars Waldorf

Sherif Azer
On Tweets and Treaties Cyberactivists as Human Rights Defenders and their role in the Arab Spring
Supervisor: Martin Jones and Alice Nah

Charlotte Ellis
Wrotham Park damages in English contract law: identifying and evaluating internal and external perspectives. Wrotham Park damages are a non-standard remedy in contract law: instead of compensation for loss, the defendant is ordered to pay damages assessed as a reasonable fee which might hypothetically have been demanded by the claimant for permission to breach the contract
Supervisor: Jenny Steele

Victoria Murray
To what extent should and could clinical legal education fill the social justice gap?
Supervisor: Charlotte O'Brien

Alice Welsh
EU Citizenship and Euroscepticism in the UK
Supervisor: Charlotte O'Brien

Bader Abdeen
Is PTSD a Mitigating Defense Against Criminal Responsibility?
Supervisor: Matt Matravers

Chloe Boyce
Using Problem based learning to improve domestic abuse training for those entering or intending to enter police forces
Supervisor: Patrick Gallimore and Ben Fitzpatrick

Rossella De Bernardi
A Normative Analysis of the Relationship between Political Toleration and Legitimacy in Circumstances of Disagreement about Justice
Supervisor: Matt Matravers

Zein Hud
Terrorism and the Changing Face of Freedom of Freedom of Expression in the UK
Supervisor: Joanna Gilmore and Matt Matravers

Enyeribe Oguh
Criminal Justice, Global Politics and the Legitimacy of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) Interventions
Supervisor: Matt Matravers