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QMUL PhD students Awarded 'Modern Law Review Scholarships

Three QMUL PhD students, Shane Burke, David Andrew Foster and Angeliki Papantoniou, have been awarded scholarships by the Modern Law Review

David Andrew Foster, Angeliki Papantoniou and Shane Burke

The Modern Law Review (MLR) is a charity devoted to the promotion of legal study and it awards funding for doctoral research students by annual competition.

Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Co-Director of Graduate Studies, said: "We are delighted that our students have been awarded such a prestigious scholarship, which clearly evidences the importance of their PhD topics. It is also a great honour for Queen Mary as, since these scholarships were founded, this is the fourth time that QMUL PhD candidates have been recipients."

Shane Burke’s thesis is an interdisciplinary socio-legal study which focuses on the interaction between copyright law and conceptual art.

Shane said: “I am delighted to receive the MLR scholarship for a second time. These awards have enabled me to travel to New York and interview artists, lawyers, galleries, collecting societies and archivists who are the thought leaders in their respective fields. The involvement of these participants has provided the research with authoritative insights which will hopefully help ensure that the findings of this study will be received as a valuable contribution to dialogues within, and between, the legal and artistic communities.”

Angeliki Papantoniou’s studies are in environmental law and children’s rights. Her current research examines the role of environmental impact assessment as a tool for the protection of children’s health from environmental threats, in a legal context, with a primary focus on the European Union.

Angeliki said: “I am very happy to receive such an important award and would like to thank my supervisors Professor Fitzmaurice and Dr Hohmann, for their continuous support and guidance, as well as Professor Malleson for all her advice and assistance, without which this award would not have been possible.”

David Andrew Foster is currently researching the history of the trust, c. 1660-1845. During this period, many of our modern trust doctrines emerged and were given their classical form (inter alia: the rule against perpetuities, the three certainties and the rule in Saunders v Vautier).

David said: "This period has remained curiously understudied in the secondary literature and, with the help of this generous scholarship from the MLR, it is hoped this thesis will begin to shed light on this 'black hole' of English legal history." 



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