Research Studentship - Access to Justice

Lancaster University

The department invites applications for a scholarship to undertake a PhD in Law focused upon the research area of ‘Access to Justice’. 

Number of studentships: 
Eligibility: Open to Home/EU and Overseas applicants 
Deadline: 10 February 2017

Funding:

  • Home/EU candidates: fee waiver, plus £15,000 maintenance
  • Overseas candidates: fee waiver, plus £5,000 maintenance

Studentship Application Form - Access to Justice

The department invites applications for a scholarship to undertake a PhD in Law focused upon the research area of ‘Access to Justice’.  Applicants for the studentship must have already gained an offer to read for a PhD at Lancaster University Law School. Information on how to apply for a PhD can be found here.

Please indicate in your PhD application that you are also applying for the Access to Justice Research Studentship.

Background to the Research Studentship - Access to Justice

Lancaster University Law School is launching a law clinic in 2016. The clinic will provide free legal advice to members of the University and local population. Law clinics have increased in recent years, partly in response to changes to the legal aid system. There has been a dramatic reduction in legal aid, to the point where free legal assistance is no longer available for large swathes of civil law. Criminal legal aid has also been subject to considerable changes too, with many defendants feeling that they have no option to represent themselves in court.

Justice means the right to have one’s case put and heard. An essential part of the justice system and the right to a fair trial is that there is ‘equality of arms’. That is to say, both sides are treated in a broadly equal manner. Legal aid allowed this to occur because free legal advice and representation could be given. Thus the state, or large corporate entities could not use their almost unlimited resources to scare a litigant into withdrawing their case or settling for unfair terms. The reduction in legal aid has raised again the issue about whether justice can be bought.

The Law School therefore welcome PhD applications on this issue of funding legal services.

The bursary takes the form of a fee waiver for the duration of an individual's PhD studies & a substantial contribution towards maintenance costs. Applications should be made on the appropriate application form (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/law/postgraduate/funding/law-school-phd-studentships/) and should be sent to Harriet Krug at pglaw@lancaster.ac.uk

The research studentship application process is based on academic merit, and will take into account the PhD application (including, especially, the research proposal), as well as the information given on the Access to Justice Studentship Application Form.

The outcome will be announced in April 2017.

For informal inquiries contact Professor James Sweeney.



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Law

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Northern England