PhD Opportunities in the School of Law

Birmingham City University - School of Law

You can find further details on studying for a PhD and details of how to apply by clicking here.

Funded PhD Opportunities

The School of Law is seeking to recruit a new cohort to undertake research in a number of key areas. The funding consists of a tax-free stipend paid monthly and has a current value of £14,777 per annum. The bursary is renewable annually for up to 36 months in total, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.

Successful applicants for our funded PhD studentships will receive a tax-free research stipend that tracks UK Research Council rates (currently £14,777) and a fee waiver to the value of Home / EU student PhD fees (currently £4,260). The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Thursday 31 May 2018.

You can find further details on studying for a PhD and details of how to apply here. To apply, please click on the ‘How to Apply’ tab and quote the Reference Number and Title on your Research Proposal.

State Legislatures, Gun Control and the NRA: How Does the NRA Mould State Legislative Programmes?

Reference Number: 7 Law 

Centre for American Legal Studies

Supervisory Team: Dr Anne Richardson Oakes and Dr Ilaria Di Gioia

This research will consider how interest groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) attempt to influence state legislation regarding gun control and Stand Your Ground Initiatives. It will map the introduction and progress of relevant state bills and consider the background of their sponsors.

It will focus particularly on so-called pre-emption bills which attempt to impose state control over a field of regulation and thereby enable conservative states to prevent local attempts to impose tighter methods of gun control. It will identify and consider the strategies adopted by local jurisdictions to push back against these laws and thereby contribute to an emerging literature which extends studies of federalism beyond the federal government/states dynamic to explore the internal dynamics of within-state localism versus central control.

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Contact information: Dr Anne Richardson Oakes


Tel: 0121 331 6262

The Right to Health in the Universal Periodic Review: An Exploration

Reference Number: 10 Law

Centre for Human Rights and Centre for Law, Science and Policy

Supervisory Team: Prof. Jon Yorke, Dr. Friso Jansen, and Dr. Sarah Cooper

In 2006 the UN established the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR involves a periodic review of the human rights record of the UN member states. Art 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights guarantees “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health".

Against a backdrop of both advances in safeguarding physical and mental health and new threats to health worldwide, this project aims to explore how the Right to Health has been interrogated in the two UPR cycles to date. This is with a view to considering how the UPR process could be strengthened to promote and protect the Right to Health among UN member states.

The successful candidate will be invited to develop an understanding of the Right to Health to facilitate a focus on a particular aspect of the Right to Health. This could be, for example, maternal health, reproductive health, LGBT+ health, and/or mental health.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant research community

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Contact information: Dr. Friso Jansen / Dr. Sarah Cooper


Tel: 0121 300 4171 / 0121 331 6248

The Effect of International Disputes on International Energy Contracts and Resources in Palestine

Reference Number: 14 Law

Supervisory Team: Dr Ozlem Ulgen (Principal Supervisor) and Dr Haydn Davies

As a result of international disputes, especially with neighbouring countries such as Israel, the Palestinian government is prevented from investing in Palestinian energy resources to supply electricity and exploit resources, and cannot establish ownership or control over energy resources.

Deficiencies in the existing legal framework relate to the lack of specific energy law and non-application of private international law in Palestine. The lack of state recognition of Palestine by the international community also means it is unable to enter into international treaties.

This research project explores how international disputes affect international energy contracts and provision of energy resources in Palestine. It maps out the energy resources in Palestine and considers whether these are sustainably exploited. It analyses the precariousness and unsustainability of the existing imports-model of energy provision from Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, despite energy resources existing in Palestine. The research aims at modelling a new law for the Palestinian energy sector.

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Contact information: Dr Ozlem Ulgen


Tel: 0121 331 5547

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