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Law PhD students benefit as Queen Mary joins the Association of Transnational Law Schools

Six PhD students from Queen Mary University of London will join doctoral students from across the globe to take part in workshops designed to foster the study of legal issues in a global context.


The workshops and lectures will be held in June 2014 at the University of Melbourne in Australia and are part of an annual two-week event run by the Association of Transnational Law Schools (ATLAS). Students will learn from faculty in a variety of fields and give and receive feedback on each other’s work.

The six selected students are Mark Hanna, Helene Tyrrell, Dabrowka Grodz, Vivian Mak, Mary Mitsi and Margaret Devaney. Their trip to Australia will be fully funded.

Queen Mary has joined the Association of Transnational Law Schools (ATLAS) this year and is the only UK partner. The other university partners in ATLAS are Osgoode Hall Law School, Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao), University of Melbourne, Université de Montréal, Bucerius Law School, Bar Ilan University and the National University of Singapore.

In particular ATLAS encourages the study of the comparative legal and regulatory responses to globalization; the evolution of transnational law; and the challenges involved in international governance.

Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, Head of the Department of Law at Queen Mary, said: ‘We are delighted to be joining ATLAS. The invitation to join this prestigious academic network confirms the high standing of the Queen Mary School of Law globally and provides first-class opportunities for furthering transnational and comparative legal research and the development of transnational research synergies with partner institutions.’

Dr Maks Del Mar, Senior Lecturer in Law and Philosophy and Queen Mary's representative in ATLAS said: ‘This is an already well-established and prestigious group of leading universities, all interested in exploring the importance of globalisation for legal research and legal education. It’s a truly wonderful opportunity for our doctoral students, who will be able to present their work to peers, have their written work scrutinised by academics, and participate in seminars and lectures given by leading scholars on important new topics in the field. The initiative is part and parcel of our continued research strength in this area, as exemplified by our Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context.’



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