Speakers profiles

Judging in the Twenty-First Century  - 2014 Society of Legal Scholars PhD Conference

School of Law, University of Nottingham

Keynote Speaker

Professor Alan Paterson

University of Strathclyde

Alan Paterson, LLB (Edin), D.Phil (Oxon), Solicitor, FRSA, FRSE joined the Law School in 1984 as a Professor of Law. He previously taught at Edinburgh University from 1975. He is Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Studies and was formerly Head of Department for six years and Director of the Centre for Law, Computers and Technology. He teaches in the areas of legal services and access to justice, professional ethics, legal profession and the judiciary. His research has focused on the legal profession, access to justice, poverty legal services and the judiciary.

Professor Paterson is a leading authority on professional ethics, the legal profession and the judiciary, with publications including Final Judgment: The Last Law Lords and the Supreme Court (2013, Hart). 


Agnieszka Ason

Agnieszka Ason is a PhD Candidate and Konrad Adenauer Foundation Scholar at Free University of Berlin, Germany. She is conducting research on the standard of review of arbitral awards under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. Dres. hc. Franz Jürgen Säcker. Agnieszka presented her work at various conferences, including International Graduate Legal Research Conference at King's College London (2013) and Queen Mary Postgraduate Legal Research Conference (2012) in the UK. In 2012, she was a Visiting Researcher at the Centre of European Law, King’s College London. Agnieszka holds Polish and German law degrees from the University of Warsaw (M.A., 2009, summa cum laude) and Free University of Berlin (LL.M., 2010, summa cum laude). Prior to commencing her PhD, she worked as a research assistant in the Institute for Energy and Regulatory Law as well as in the competition law practice group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Berlin.


Hayleigh Bosher

Hayleigh is a 2nd year PhD candidate and research assistant at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University.

Anna Marie Brennan

Anna Marie Brennan is a PhD Candidate and Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Scholar in International Criminal Law at University College Cork in Ireland. She has held visiting positions at the University of Cambridge, Harvard Law School and the TMC Asser Institute for International Law. Anna Marie previously worked on the defence team of Radovan Karadzic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and will be a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court from April 2014.


Tien Dat Bui

Tien Dat Bui was a tutor at Law School, Vietnam National University Hanoi from 2005 to 2009. He has been a lecturer at this university since 2009. He got Bachelor of Law and Master of Law at Vietnam National University Hanoi in 2005 and 2009 respectively. In 2012, he won a PhD Australian Development Scholarship to study at Macquarie Law School. His research interests include: jurisprudence, constitutional law, administrative law, criminal justice, human rights law. 

The title of his PhD thesis is ‘The limitation on fair trial rights in dealing with minor offences: Implications for Vietnam from the experience of the United Kingdom’.


Sheona Mary Lockhart Burrow

Sheona Burrow is a PhD Candidate at the University of Glasgow sponsored by the CREATe Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (, working within their research theme on IP enforcement. Her PhD project is a sociolegal assessment of the IPEC Small Claims Track, with particular emphasis on uptake by the creative industries. Prior to commencing her PhD studies, Sheona worked as a solicitor in private practice in Scotland. Sheona holds an LL.M (with Distinction) from the University of Glasgow in Intellectual Property Law and an LL.B. (Hons) in Scots Law from the University of Edinburgh. 


Luyao Che

Luyao Che is a PhD candidate in the School of Law, the University of Nottingham. Her field of study is international economic law. Her research focuses on the relationship between the Chinese legal system and the development of international economic law. She holds a Bachelor in Laws degree from Jilin University and a Master in Laws degree from Renmin University of China. She has completed internships at Fenxun Partners Law Firm and Dowway Partners Law Firm in China.


Piti Eiamchamroonlarp

Obtaining an LLB (with Honour), an LLM in public law (GPA 3.88) from Thammasat University (Thailand), and an LLM in oil and gas law (with Commendation) from University of Aberdeen (UK), Piti Eiamchamroonlarp is now conducting PhD research concerning legal dimension of transparency in oil and gas revenue management in Southeast Asia at the University of Aberdeen. After finishing the PhD, he will be a full-time energy law lecturer at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand). Before starting his PhD, Piti used to work as a lawyer at LS Horizon Ltd (Thailand). His expertise covered administrative disputes relating to energy investment and telecommunication in the Southeast Asia region. He has conducted legal research concerning the regulatory framework governing the future implementation of nuclear power for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and the Ministry of Energy.


Ahmed El-Sayed


University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, PhD Fellow in Constitutional Law, Expected September 2016 Thesis Theme: Constitutional Development in Egypt 

American University, Washington College of Law, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, June 2013 Honors: 

U.S. Department of State Fulbright Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow. University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, LL.M. in Human Rights, September 2009 Honors:With Merit

British Council/Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholar Thesis: “What Prospects Does ‘Egyptian Child Act’ Have in Effectively Protecting the Children’s Welfare?” with Distinction. Cairo University, School of Law, LL.B, with Honors, May 2003 


University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law, Copenhagen, Research Assistant - Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies (CECS) 2013- 2016 Participates in preparing and running the online course Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World – Coursera Project on Middle East Democracy, Washington, DC Egypt Program Fellow July- August 2013 Federal Judicial Center, Washington, DC Visiting Foreign Judicial Fellow January- March 2013 Egyptian Ministry of Justice, Mansoura, Egypt Judge - Mansoura Court of First Instance 2012- Present (on leave of absence) Egyptian Ministry of Justice, Cairo, Egypt Family Law Prosecution - Senior Public Prosecutor 2009-2012 Egyptian Ministry of Justice, Cairo, Egypt Criminal Prosecution - Public Prosecutor 2005- 2008


Co-author to ‘Comparative Research on Procedural Issues Concerning the Closing Order and Indictment,’ The Documentation Center of Cambodia, Human Rights Clinic, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (June 2009) LANGUAGES Arabic: native speaker; English: fluent; French: basic


Matthew Gayle

Matthew is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Birmingham Law School. The working title of his thesis is ‘Independence Constitutionalism in the Commonwealth Caribbean’. Previously a law student at the University of Birmingham, he was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. While at Birmingham, Matthew undertook his final year dissertation on the comparative merits of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and the Caribbean Court of Justice. Matthew previously worked as a journalist and radio talk show presenter. He has done various charity-based roles, including being General Secretary of a UK based national charity, and an Executive Officer at the University of Nottingham Students’ Union. During his this time he was responsible for a number of major projects, including Springboard and the overhaul of the University course representatives system. On being Called to the Bar, Matthew worked at the University College London’s Constitution Unit, where he was based in the ‘Politics of the Independence of the Judiciary Project’. Following this he has worked at Oxford Brookes University Law School; has been an independent Securities Law Consultant, and; has worked at J D Sellier and Company, one of the oldest firms of Attorneys in Trinidad and Tobago.


Eleni Kaprou

Eleni started her PhD in February of 2013. Her topic is ‘Aggressive practices in the financial services: How to protect the vulnerable consumer’. Her research is fully funded by the School of Law and is supervised by Professor Peter Cartwright and Lecturer Richard Hyde. Prior to her PhD studies she received her undergraduate degree in law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and her LLM in International Commercial Law with distinction from the University of Nottingham. Her research interests focus on consumer protection law, European law and financial services regulation. Eleni is also a qualified lawyer in her home country Greece and a member of the Athens Bar Association since 2013.


Khanuengnit Khaosaeng

Khanuengnit attained her LLB (Honours) at Thammasat University, Thailand in 2009. During the undergraduate study, she was awarded winner of the ‘Young Thai IP Law Ambassador Award’ in 2008 (IP law moot court competition in English) which was co-organised by the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court of Thailand and the British Council. Khanuengnit has been awarded a Royal Thai Government Scholarship to fulfil her LLM and PhD studies in Intellectual Property Law. In 2012, she completed an LLM in Intellectual Property (Merit) at Queen Mary, University of London. She then commenced her PhD study in January 2013 at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research focuses on copyright problems concerning online re-creation of existing copyright protected works which emerges as a new culture of the 21st Century. Khanuengnit is also a teaching assistant for Interactive Entertainment Law at Queen Mary, University of London (September 2013 – March 2014). Her article, ‘Wands, Sandals and the Wind: Creativity as a Copyright Exception’, has been scheduled for publication in European Intellectual Property Review (Issue 4, 2014) to be published in March 2014. After graduation, she will be a law lecturer at the National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand.


Hemi Mistry

Hemi Mistry is PhD research student at the School of Law. She holds an LLB (Hons) and an LLM (with distinction) in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict, both from the University of Nottingham. Her research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. 

Prior to commencing her postgraduate research studies, Hemi worked as an intern and junior researcher with the International Law Programme at Chatham House and as an intern with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Hemi’s doctoral research examines how the expression of disagreement between international judges in the form of dissenting and separate opinions affects the nature of the international justice that international courts and tribunals claim to pursue through their proceedings and delivery of their judgments. By asking how the practice of dissent contributes to (or undermines) the fulfilment of the functions of international adjudication, her thesis seeks to build upon traditional doctrinal debates regarding the desirability of permitting the publication of judicial disagreement that are often informed by attitudes fostered within the context of domestic judicial legal cultures.

In April 2014 she was awarded the Antonio Cassese Initiative Prize for her paper ‘The Paradox of Dissent: Judicial Dissent and the Project of International Criminal Justice’. 


Joe Purshouse

Joe is a first year PhD student based in the School of Law at the University of Nottingham. He obtained his first degree in Criminology from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011. Later that year, Joe took up a place on the LL.M Criminal Justice at the University of Nottingham. Here, his interest in the human rights of those subject to the criminal justice process was developed. After obtaining a 1+3 scholarship from the ESRC in 2012, Joe decided to pursue a PhD in the School of Law. His research draws together philosophical and legal perspectives on the concept of privacy, examining how the privacy interests of suspects in criminal investigations are afforded protection in England and Wales. Joe has professional experience as a Sergeant in the Special Constabulary. He is also Module Leader for the Criminal Justice System module taught as part of the Foundation Degree in Policing Studies at the Sheffield College. 


Soultana Maria Tsagka

Soultana is a PhD researcher in European Union Law registered at the School of Law of the University of Surrey. Her doctoral studies are funded by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation IKY. She is currently in the second year of her PhD. Her academic background consists of a BA Honours in Humanities obtained from the University of Luton, an MA in English Language and Literature after 1525  (19th Century Specialisation) awarded from King's College, University of London and an MA in European Politics, Business and Law received from the University of Surrey with Merit.

Soultana has been employed for over a decade in various posts within the field of higher education management in Greece and in parallel has been consistently assigned to both the University of Michigan’s and the Greek Education Ministry’s examining panels of oral and written assessment of English language proficiency. 

Christos Tsevas

Christos Tsevas is currently a PhD candidate under co-tutoring on the field of European human rights law and especially on the subject of “Freedom of Religion in European Human Rights Law and its application in national law” at the University of Strasbourg and the Democritus University of Thrace. Furthermore, he is a member of the Greek Asylum Appeals Committees, designated by the Greek National Commission for Human Rights as a lawyer and appointed by the Minister of Citizen Protection. These Committees function in the cadre of the Ministry of Citizen Protection and with competences under presidential decree 114/2010 “Procedures concerning the recognition of refugees and persons entitled to subsidiary protection” (Council Directive 2005/85/EC) and other relevant legislation. Christos is an attorney at law. During his research for the thesis he had the opportunity to be supervised by Mr. Gudmundur Alfredsson. During the year 2011-2012, he completed the Joint Greek-French Master “Specialized Public Law” (University of Athens/ University Montesquieu- Bordeaux IV), which focuses on the fields of national and European public law. During this master, his thesis was supervised by Mr. David Szymczak, and focused on the Dialogue of Judges on the Charter of Fundamental Rights.


Krystof Turek

Teaching Fellow, University College London PhD Candidate UCL LLM Harvard 2011, Fellow of the Private Law Project LLB UCL 2010, Jeremy Bentham Scholar.


Marie Xiouri

Maria Xiouri holds a LLB and a Master of Laws from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a LLM in Public International Law from the University of Cambridge. She is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary, University of London, supervised by Professor M. Fitzmaurice and Dr P. Okowa, and the subject of her research is the relationship between the termination or suspension of a treaty as a result of its material breach and the relationship with countermeasures.


Masoud Zamani

University of Nottingham (UK) PhD. Detention without Trial, Historical Evolution, and States Policies (2010- 2014) Supervisors: Prof. Dino Kritsiotis and Mr. Sandesh Sivakumaran Visiting Scholar, University of Michigan (April 2013-September 2013) University of Nottingham (UK), LL.M., International Human Rights Law (2009-2010) (distinction in dissertation) Supervisor: Professor Nigel White Isfahan University (Iran), L.L.B Degree in Law (2005-2009)



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