School of Law

Funded Research in the School of Law

Several major externally-funded projects are currently under way in the School of Law.

Department of Law research projects:

Environmental Crime

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

Legal Theory

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 provides a digital archive of multimedia material.

Medical Law

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:

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.

International Arbitration

The School of International Arbitration at QMUL and White and Case LLP launch sixth global arbitration survey in 2015.

Recent projects