Goldsmiths Law PhD candidates are given outstanding opportunities to explore modern legal phenomena in their rapidly changing socio-political, cultural, and economic context.
This PhD programme focusses on the opportunities and challenges that emerge from disruptive events (such as the expansive use of new technologies or the rising threat of climate change), new political priorities at domestic and trans-national levels, and shifting global Geo-politics. The programme also emphasises interdisciplinary perspectives.
Our forward-looking, cosmopolitan, and distinctive Law department draws on, and has further strengthened, Goldsmiths’ rich heritage of social awareness and engagement, and its unique ability to foster radical, critical, and creative thinking, facilitated by cross-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration.
Goldsmiths is known for its academic strengths in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences; its unique focus on public and community engagement; the outstanding alumni from every generation of students; and its ground-breaking multi-disciplinary research. Our PhD programme follows this tradition.
Working independently and with others, developing a wide range of skills
We aspire for our PhD candidates to be central to Goldsmiths Law’s innovative approach to legal studies and legal research. We believe there is space for independent legal research and space to engage with others.
We are passionate about connecting our PhD candidates with our network of leading scholars and legal professionals including:
- our renowned visiting professors
- the dynamic organisations we work with, which make a real difference on the ground
- the academic staff in other Goldsmiths departments (in the departments of Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Media, Communications and Cultural studies) that are part of our pioneering interdisciplinary team
- our activist research centres and academic think tanks driven by the need to enable evidence-based analysis of societal challenges and effect change
- the scholars and legal professionals that collaborate with our Law and Policy Clinics
Following on from such collaborations, we offer our PhD candidates several opportunities to, and expect them to contribute to relevant research and public engagement activity, developing vital skills, including growing confidence in public speaking, and using modern technologies to communicate research outputs.
Research Supervision Areas
Our academics’ research addresses major socio-political, cultural, and economic questions that we face in the world today.
We warmly welcome expressions of interest in immigration law, criminal law, criminal justice and human rights, international environmental law, and the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit).
Key areas of research activity include:
- Equality and anti-discrimination law
- Anglo-American comparative law, including migration and anti-discrimination laws
- EU law, with a focus on free movement and equality, EU criminal law, and EU environmental law
- Law, migration, and race studies
- Criminal evidence and criminal procedure, with a focus on police interrogation and suspects’ rights (domestic, comparative and international dimensions), and police investigations and criminal evidence (domestic, comparative and international dimensions, especially relating to police searches, electronic surveillance and entrapment)
- The ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights) and the criminal process
- Citizens’ rights after Brexit
- Judicial independence
- Interdisciplinary sexuality and gender studies, particularly sexual ‘deviance’ and subcultures; pornography and the law; the history of sexuality, sexual medicine and psychiatry; and feminist and queer theory
- The history of drugs, drugs policy, and cultures of drug use
- The relationship between crime, criminal justice, and visual culture
- Criminal law, sexuality, and technology
- Public international law, with a focus on sovereignty, state responsibility, normative interpretation, self-determination
- International law and the environment, with a focus on equity; sustainability; sovereignty and common concerns/heritage; natural resources; shared resources and resource management; climate change and climate justice; environmental peacebuilding; culture and human rights; and human rights and the environment.
We strongly encourage prospective PhD candidates to take a close look at the expertise of our academic staff and email those whose research expertise they are interested in, to inquire about research supervision and discuss preliminary research ideas.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos.