Several major externally-funded projects are currently under way in the School of Law.
Department of Law research projects:
Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas is leading the multinational interdisciplinary research project on EU Action to Fight Environmental Crime (EFFACE) funded with Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice. The project (2012-2016) aims to assess the impact of environmental crime and develop effective and feasible policy options for combating it at EU level.
The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI)
Professor Penny Green is leading two ESRC grants; ‘A Comparative Study of Civil Society Resistance to State violence and Corruption’ in Burma, Turkey, Tunisia, Kenya, PNG and Colombia; and ‘Rapid Descent into Genocide?: Myanmar’s persecution of the Rohingya’with ISCI researchers Thomas MacManus and Alicia de la Cour Venning. Read more on statecrime.org.
Dr Maks Del Mar’s intellectual biography of the late Sir Neil MacCormick is funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2013-2014. The project explores the relationship between MacCormick’s intellectual life as a legal philosopher of world-renown and his political life within both Scottish and European politics. The project website law.qmul.ac.uk/maccormick provides a digital archive of multimedia material.
Professor Richard Ashcroft is part of a multi-institution project on ‘Tobacco and Alcohol Studies’ funded by the UK Medical Research Council. He is also involved in EVERREST, a collaborative EC-funded research programme investigating early-onset fetal growth restriction, and the ethical, legal, regulatory and social issues.
Centre for Commercial Law Studies research projects:
- Professor Christopher Millard and Professor Jon Crowcroft (Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge) are jointly leading on research into cloud computing in a new virtual research centre, The Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre. The research is looking at the resilience, privacy and law enforcement access to data in the cloud.
- The Cloud Legal Research Project (CLP) launched in 2009 to investigate various aspects of the legal and regulatory status of cloud computing.
Cross-border internet dispute resolution
Professor Julia Hornle is a member of the ODR Advisory Group of the Civil Justice Council- researching on the future of Online Dispute Resolution in the UK.
Intellectual Property (IP)
Professor Guido Wesktamp is part of a multi-institutional project, Enhancing Intellectual Property Capacities for Agricultural Development - IP4Growth, which aims to contribute to the agricultural and socio-economic development of West African countries by improving universities’ IP management.
Open Source Software
Professor Ian Walden has been given funding by The Open Invention Network to undertake a comparative study of the different approaches that have recently emerged towards patent non- assertion within an open source context, in order to better understand their legal nature, scope and implications. The objective is to examine current practices, with the possibility of identifying some industry best practices.
Provision of legal support as a professional service
Professor Ian Walden has been allocated additional funding by the Commission FP7 project funding for iLinc, to research and develop models and supporting tools for the provision of legal support as a professional service. This follows on from the establishment of the qLegal advice service initiative, led by Professor Walden.
The School of International Arbitration at QMUL and White and Case LLP launch sixth global arbitration survey in 2015.
- The Politics of Judicial Independence in Britain's Changing Constitution - Professor Kate Malleson (2011-2014)
- RELIGARE project – Dr Prakash Shah
- Centre for the study of incentives in health – Professor Richard Ashcroft (2009-2014)
- The Peace Process: Layers of Meaning - Professor Sean McConville and Dr Anna Bryson (2010-2013)
- Promoting Equality and Diversity through Economic Crisis (PEDEC) Professors Lizzie Barmes and Kate Malleson (2010-2013)