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PhD Opportunities

PhD opportunities in the School of Law

There are currently funded PhD opportunities in the following areas. For further information, contact the named staff below.

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 £15,285 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 £15,285) and a fee waiver to the value of Home / EU student PhD fees (currently £4,407). 

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Sunday 31 May 2020

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


Title: The Organisation of American States and the Safeguarding of Environmental Rights

School: School of Law

Application Reference Number:  21

Supervisory Team: Dr Anne Richardson Oakes, Dr Ilaria Di-Gioia, Dr Friso Jansen, Dr Alice Storey

This research project will investigate the mechanisms of the Organisation of American States (OAS) for establishing and promoting an environmental rule of law amongst its member states with particular reference to the role of the judiciary. It will place these in the context of a) the mechanisms of other human rights monitoring organisations, specifically the United Nations HRC Universal Periodic Review (UPR) with which the OAS cooperates b) the standards identified by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR)   and c) an emerging global consensus concerning the role of the judiciary in the protection of the environment and the promotion of environmental responsibility.

Applicant Requirements:

The student should have a good first degree in Law and/or Politics. A second degree in a related area of study is desirable but not essential.

An interest/specialism in law and the environment is desirable. OAS and Inter-American Court of Human Rights materials are in English as well as Spanish. This means that there is no specific requirement for Spanish language skills although if available these may be useful for accessing supplementary materials.

Law School PhD Proposal - 21 CIS OAS

Contact information:

Name: Dr Anne Richardson Oakes

Email: anne.oakes@bcu.ac.uk

Tel: 0121 331 6262


Title: Online advertisement: a challenge to pre-existing taxation principles and concepts

School: School of Law

Application Reference Number:  20

Supervisory Team: Dr Ozlem Ulgen (Principal Supervisor), Professor Luke Mason and Mr Suresh Birdi (Secondary Supervisors)

Online advertisement is a substantial revenue generator in e-commerce and cross-jurisdictional transactions with implications for international taxation law. As a multi-party scheme, it involves a publisher, advertiser, and end-user, yet the end-user is neither the payee nor the payor. The number of parties involved and differing pricing models pose a problem for international taxation law in terms of determining the source of income to establish the jurisdiction of economic activity. This project analyses the adequacies of existing territorial and residency based international taxation law regimes with a view to developing a more suitable and fairer regime for online advertisement that premises taxable profits on the place of economic activity.

Applicant Requirements:

  • 2:1 LLB (the equivalent for overseas students) (Essential) / 1st class LLB (the equivalent for overseas students) (Desirable)
  • Masters level degree in international business law (preferably having studied international taxation law) (Desirable)
  • High level proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to learn quickly about the role and nature of emerging technologies

Law School PhD Proposal - 20 CIS Online Advertisement and Taxation Law

Contact information:

Name: Dr Ozlem Ulgen

Email: ozlem.ulgen@bcu.ac.uk