Students showcase richness and diversity of legal research

The richness and diversity of legal research undertaken by postgraduate research students at Kent Law School has been showcased at the School’s annual PhD Presentation Day this month.

The work of 14 second-year PhD students was presented to supervisors, faculty and peers over the course of a day in a series of sessions chaired by the students themselves.

Co-Directors of Graduate Studies Dr Emily Haslam and Dr Donatella Alessandrini said: ‘Although the Presentation Day forms part of second-year PhD students’ progress reviews, it is also an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful breadth and depth of research that is undertaken by our PGR students.’

Research currently being conducted by students embraces topics such as violence against women, child sexual exploitation, human trafficking and internet governance with their work focused on contemporary legal issues in countries all over the world. A full list of project titles from the day is included below.

Dr Haslam said: ‘Feedback from our students about the day has been really positive and many commented on how much they appreciated hearing comments about their projects from so many members of faculty, especially at such a busy time of year.  Our postgraduate researchers really appreciate the support and input in their work from the broader community at Kent Law School.’

PhD student Aravinda Kosaraju said: ‘My day started with a sense of anxiety, but ended with a sense of contentment.  I feel that my work is valued by the Kent Law School community. I found the presentations from fellow students and comments from members of the community to be very thoughtful and engaging.’

Josephine Uwineza also enjoyed the opportunity to present her work: ‘I really enjoyed the presentation day, I received valuable feedback from the KLS research community and generally had a good time listening to others present. It was interesting to see how different projects have evolved.’

Students who participated, together with the title of their research project, included:

  • Joséphine Uwineza: Intermediaries and International Criminal Law
  • João Araujo Monteiro Neto: Internet Governance Generativity
  • Josipa Saric: The Transformative in Reparations: Women, Nation and Victimhood in Croatia
  • Serene John-Richards: The Critique of the Modern Subject in Agamben and Deleuze in the Aid of a Reflection on the Pardigm of Slum Subjectivity
  • Silvana Tapia: The Criminalization of Violence against Women in Ecuador and Latin America: feminist politics of penal reform
  • Gian Fusco: The Dark Side of the Law: Law, Violence and Government
  • Aravinda Kosaraju: Attrition in Cases in Involving Crimes of Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Priya Srivathsa: Legal and Economic Parenthood in the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act 1956
  • Mark Charoenwong: Regional Cooperation Amongst ASEAN Member States: the Case of Human Trafficking
  • Laura Binger: A Year of Defiance at King Hill Hostel
  • Osama Khadadah: Deprivation of Liberty at the Pre-Trial Stage in Kuwait
  • Katia Neofytou: Surrogacy, Motherhood and the Law
  • Marie Kerin: Disagreement and the Case of Law
  • Jasper Van Dooren: The post Crisis Reproduction of Financialisation

In addition to PhD studies at Kent, students can choose to undertake a one-year LLM by Research or an MPhil thesis. The Law School is a vibrant and cosmopolitan place to study and is widely regarded as a centre of excellence in legal research and teaching. The School is placed 8th in the UK for its research intensity in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The dynamic research culture and community within Kent Law School was fully endorsed in the REF with 100% of its research environment recognised as being conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ quality.