Postgraduate Research Student Profiles

Amber Smith

PhD Student (First Year)

Working thesis title: Third World Approaches to International Law: The Responsibility to Protect and Regional Organisations

Supervised by: Dr. Alexandra Bohm (Primary Supervisor) and Dr. Graham Melling (Second Supervisor)

Interests: Responsibility to Protect, Humanitarian Intervention, Third World Approaches to International Law


Verity McCullagh

PhD Student (Third Year)

Tom Welch

PhD Student (Second Year)

Working thesis title: Protection and Assistance of Vulnerable Populations at   Point of Transition: Statelessness and the Rohingya.

Thesis overview: The aim of this research is to develop a more precise understanding of the ways in which stateless individuals navigate applicable legal systems to protect and enjoy their rights, by using displaced and stateless Rohingya currently residing in both Bangladesh and Malaysia as a case study. By exploring the apparent interaction between statelessness and refugeehood, and by examining the ways in which international legal frameworks succeed or fail in protecting stateless individuals, this thesis seeks to breach one of the many gaps that still exist in our understanding of this complex social issue, that has arisen through the long neglection of the stateless ordeal as an appropriate field of socio-legal study.

Supervised by: Dr. Amal Ali (Primary Supervisor) and Professor Matthew Hall (Secondary Supervisor).

Research interests: International Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, Criminology, Intersectionality.


Judith Kyarisiima

PhD Student (First Year)

Olivier Yambo

PhD Student (Third Year)

Aleem Hussain

PhD Student

Working thesis title: Is structural discrimination the underlying issue to the on-going problem of joint enterprise secondary liability? *

Thesis overview: The focus in this instance is on black, Asian and minority ethnic communities who are being disproportionately criminalised under joint enterprise secondary liability. Indeed, due to the longevity of this problem, one may speculate the presence of structural discrimination in existence. The factor of structural discrimination was forwarded on the premise of case law, Supreme Court judgments, Court of Appeal success rates and the nature of contemporary statistics on joint enterprise.

Supervised by: Professor Matthew Hall and Dr. Amal Ali

Research interests: Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Criminology, International Human Rights, Immigration Law




Debbie Naughton

PhD Student (Final Year)

Thesis title: Improving the Collection and Enforcement of Confiscation Orders in the Magistrates’ Court

Supervised by: Professor Richard Stone and Professor Matthew Hall