Meet some of Brunel Law School's Research Students

Cosmas Anyakudo - research focuses on the development of Corporate Social Responsibility law and practice in Nigeria, supervised by Dr Olufemi Amao

I graduated in 1992 from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1993. In 1998 I was enrolled as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and practiced until 2008 when I started legal consultancy. My areas of competence included business law, criminal defence and immigration and nationality law in which I gained specialist status.

In 2011, I obtained a Master of Laws degree in International Commercial Law from University of Surrey and started my research in Brunel in February 2012.

My research focuses on the development of Corporate Social Responsibility law and practice in Nigeria. This research is important to understand the import and effect of recent legislative reform and the impact it has on the increased foreign and local companies who are driving the growth in this emerging economy.

My research will interest any persons involved in forming or executing the corporate social responsibility policy of a corporation in Nigeria and those that intend to invest in Nigeria. Lawmakers may find my discussion enlightening in formulating further reforms.


Mahshid Yaraghi Esfahani - research in 'International Law', supervised by Professor Ilias Bantekas

The knowledge, skills and expertise that I acquired from my Law undergraduate degree (LLB) at Brunel University equipped me to undertake my postgraduate course and then research PhD at Brunel University School of Law.

I graduate in 2013 with an International Commercial Law Master degree and have legal experience gained working as a volunteer and as a summer clerk. In each division, I assisted senior associates and junior lawyers in the running of files for major private sector and government clients. This experience developed my research, drafting and analytical skills. And by choosing the PhD of Law programme I expanded my legal knowledge in International Law area.

The aim of my research is to analyze and explore the best course of action for stopping wrongful acts by one or more states against peace, it clarify what courses of actions are available in the international sphere and try to understand how to select the appropriate course of action and implement it. In order to do this, my thesis will first lay out the theories of international reaction to a threatening act. It will then examine the different means that can be used to prevent and stop such actions. I aim to find and discuss the new and effective but mostly overlooked methods by which peace can be maintained at the international level.


Folashade Adeyemo - research in 'Achieving financial stability in developing countries: A case study of Nigerian banking regulations', supervised by Dr Olufemi Amao

I completed my LLM in International Economic and Trade Law in 2011 at Brunel and went on to attend the Nigerian Law School, Abuja. Having recently been called to the Nigerian Bar, I decided to return to Brunel to start my PhD in 2013. I chose to return to Brunel because of the amazing academic support I received during my LLM and the real need to put the interests of the students first. My thesis looks at Financial Regulation and Stability in relation to the Nigerian Banking Sector. It will draw a distinction between the two above concepts and to establish ways of enhancing and improving the regulation within Nigerian banks.


Noriswadi Ismail - research in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Code of Governance: A Concept for Malaysia A study and analys, supervised by Dr. Federico Ferretti

Noriswadi Ismail, aged 36, Malaysian, is a doctoral researcher on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Data Protection and Privacy at the Intellectual Property, Internet and Media Research Centre, Brunel Law School, Brunel University, London, supervised by Dr. Federico Ferretti. He is a ‘Majlis Amanah Rakyat’ (MARA) Scholar (2009-2012) and previously a British Chevening Scholar (2006-2007) in Strathclyde Law School, Glasgow whilst reading LLM in Information Technology & Telecommunications Law.

Prior to commencing his doctoral research, he was the General Counsel / Company Secretary of HeiTech Padu Berhad ( in excess of 10 years. In between his work, he also lectured occasionally on topical issues in Information Technology & Intellectual Property laws at his Alma Matter, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia.

Noris was an Academic Visitor in two renowned centres at the University of Oxford; Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS), and the Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX). During the Hilary and Trinity terms in CSLS, he researched largely on data protection in Europe and Asia (South East Asia and East Asia) and was also involved with selected research and events of the Data Protection and Open Society Project under the leadership of Dr. David Erdos, Katzenbach Research Fellow (Balliol College). Whilst during the 3 weeks of summer in HeLEX, he researched on the principles and applications of data protection within the realm of medical informatics, particularly in RFID and Hospital Information Management System.

Noris expects to achieve the International Association Privacy Professional (IAPP) and the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (UK/EU) dual certifications by August 2012.


Khalid Alhabshan - research in corporate governance with special focus on the aspect of disclosure and transparency, supervised by Professor Peter Jaffey

In 2009, I completed my Master's degree (corporate law) from Nottingham Law School. In the meantime I was working in the bureau of experts at the Council of Ministers. Having a PhD offer from Brunel Law School encouraged my sponsor to promote my scholarship to a PhD level. I started my PhD at Brunel Law School in November 2010, inherent with participating in some law activities which led me to become involved as a member in many law societies.

My research focuses on the role of disclosure and transparency in enhancing corporate governance and its principles in Saudi Arabia. My thesis is also extended and highlighted on the issue of corporate governance in Saudi Arabia as the study also will be considering international standards of corporate governance to discover Saudi Arabia’s position in as far as compliance is concerned.

The state of corporate governance in other nations, namely the UK and the USA, in an attempt to draw comparison with that of Saudi Arabia; the comparison made includes the laws on governance in each of the nations. To examine the social factors that shape the state of corporate governance, the study also considers Sharia and its effects on the business environment in Saudi Arabia.


*Awarded April 2013* Faleh Salem Al Kahtani, research in corporate governance in Saudi Arabia, supervised by Dr Olufemi Amao

In 2006, I received my Master’s degree in criminal justice, and my dissertation was about the freedom of religion under Shari'a legislation and world-wide human rights principles (a comparative and analytical research). My intention when I started my PhD at Brunel Law School was to write about criminal justice again; however my direction has changed to focus on company and capital market regulations. This area appealed as it is important in light of the need to reform current Saudi regulations in terms of company policy and the capital market. Research is crucial as there are countless obstacles regarding this area including: the weakness of the Saudi legislative authority; the emphasis on positive man-made sheltering in this area, and the need to adapt a best practice from other on-going international experiences. Thus, my PhD thesis is about current Saudi corporate governance practices: presenting a case for reform. I have suggested some proposals for future researchers regarding corporate governance aspects in Saudi Arabia as follows: the method by which it is possible to encompass the Islamic perspective of corporate governance from inside Islamic corporations and institutions, and the reform of the Saudi listed corporations’ board of directors’. This also involves assisting shareholders in exercising their rights within Saudi listed corporations, encouraging the applications of corporate social responsibility and promoting the self-regulatory corporate governance policies of Saudi listed corporations. In the preparation of this research, I have been indebted to many academics at Brunel Law School for their kind co-operation, their generous assistance and their encouragement. In particular, I am extremely grateful to my supervisor Dr. Olufemi Amao, for his enthusiasm, guidance, patience and invaluable assistance as well for being very kind, warm-hearted and polite to me throughout meticulous readings of the earlier draft of this research.

Abdulaziz Alrodiman - research in international law and Shari'ah, supervised by Professor Manisuli Ssenyonjo

In 2007 I gained a Masters Degree (LLM) in International Business Law from University of Exeter. I am currently a research (PhD) student in International Law and Shari’ah. My research focuses on the extent of application of international law before the Shari’ah Court in the Saudi judicial system. However, the study involves several aspects of comparison and examples from other different legal systems. I have many years of previous experience in legal aspects of law (nezam) and Shari’ah in Saudi Arabia. As a current judge in the Supreme Court and a member of the Saudi arbitration team, pursuing a PhD programme will enhance my intellectual, theoretical and critical abilities for my present and future commitments. With regard to research, I have written several papers and opinions especially in Islamic Shari’ah and arbitration. My research interest lies in the areas of Islamic Shari’ah, arbitration and international law. 

The judiciary on the one hand is one of the most important institutions in any state in order to solve disputes under its jurisdiction. International law on the other hand is the primary mechanism for solving disputes between states and other international entities. However, despite the youthfulness of modern international law in comparison to municipal laws, the first becomes increasingly involved in domestic law, especially in those countries which adopt the monist approach. Shari’ah is the principal source of law in about 53 states, which are about one third of the United Nations member states. As international law was originally established through different legal principles, of which Shari’ah was one, almost all international law principles are recognized and realized under Shari’ah rules. Therefore, pursuing studies in this regard will be helpful to enrich the field of international law by introducing different perspectives.


Abdulla Alsayegh – research in consumer and commercial law, supervised by Avv Federico Ferretti

In 2007 I completed an LLM course in Commercial Law. In 2008 I decided to do my PhD at Brunel University because of its good reputation. My PhD research is about Consumer Protection which is part of commercial law, and my topic is “Is there adequate protection for the consumers in the UAE?”. My research will be a comparative study between UAE and UK legal legislations in the consumer protection field. Through this research I am going to look at western legal systems such as the UK and Europe, since these countries were foremost in adopting consumer protection laws. Then my research will focus on the UAE and other Arab countries’ consumer protection legislation and the Sharia Law point of view in the same field. These laws will then be assessed in the light of the western legal regimes. The strengths and weaknesses of these different regimes will be scrutinized and the lessons which the UAE can take from the western regimes will be indicated.

This study will try to discover the reason why the UAE is facing a continuous increase in the prices of commodities, and the problem of importation of toxic food in the market. Finally, this research will focus on the attitude of the government towards consumer protection, and the most necessary steps which it might take in this respect will be discussed.

Throughout the comparison, some recommendations and solutions will be included that may help and support the UAE government in improving and developing the Consumer Protection Law in the UAE.


Salman Al-Subaie, research in “Human Rights of Accused in Saudi Arabi”, supervised by Professor Manisuli Ssenyonjo

I did my Master's degree in Saudi Arabia in 2007 and it was entitled “Evaluating the protections implemented against terrorism activities in Saudi Arabia”. Since then, I have been attracted by human rights issues in general, and specifically in Saudi Arabia. In 2009 I joined Brunel University because of the brilliant reputation and its significance among other UK Universities.

My research interests lie in International Human Rights Law. I am examining the Accused Rights within the Saudi Arabia Criminal process “Arresting, Interrogation and fair trial in the court”. I am comparing those rights with the international Human Rights Standards and mainly focusing on the instruments that Saudi Arabia has ratified on. The importance of the study comes from the fact that Saudi Arabia in the recent years has ratified many conventions related to Human Rights. It is also beneficial to examine the degree of compatibility between Islamic law which is implemented in Saudi with the concept of Human Rights.

I really enjoy studying at Brunel as I am surrounded by phenomenal professors and staff as well as very kind friends. In the future I am planning to continue my career in the field of Human Rights.


Muath Al-Zoubi, research in Criminal Law, supervised by Dr Gerard Conway

In 2009, I obtained my Master's degree from the University of Jordan. In the same year, I obtained my licence to practice law from the Jordanian Bar Association. After that, I worked as a legal researcher in the directorate of legal affairs and international cooperation in the Ministry Of Justice in Jordan. I then worked as a Teaching Assistant in the faculty of Law in the University of Jordan until I started my PhD research at Brunel University in March 2012, funded by the University of Jordan.

My PhD research focuses on 'the Application of International Law Criminal Measures against the Crime of Trafficking in Persons in Jordan' through examining the extent to which Jordanian legislation is in line with international law criminal measures to address the legal issue of the crime of trafficking in persons. 

I decided to study at Brunel University because of its great reputation. My supervisor always provides me with all the help, assistance and support I need to conduct my research.


Cansu Aykota - research title 'The Role of Press Freedom for the Development of Democracy in Turkey', supervised by Dr Christian Hietsch

After graduating from Eastern Mediterranean University with distinction in North Cyprus, I completed my LLM in European Legal Studies at Cardiff University in 2010 and worked as a lawyer in Istanbul for 2 years. In January 2012, I started my research at Brunel Law School.

I intend to write a PhD thesis about freedom of the press in Turkey. My research question will consider the importance of a free press for a democratic society and the role of press freedom for the development of democracy in Turkey. I will examine the extent to which Western liberal ideas are appropriate as a model for Turkey in terms of building stronger press standards in the country which wouldn’t be affected by political changes. 


Saad Abdullah Aljadean - research in arbitration law, supervised by Dr Mihail Danov

Once I had finished my LLB (KU) and LLM (UK), I then decided to do my PhD in arbitration law. I chose to study at Brunel University because the law school has an excellent reputation for outstanding academic research. The lecturers are extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of law and are very supportive at all times. Brunel Law School offers additional classes, specifically aimed at supporting international students in their presentation skills, academic writing skills and oral and written English skills. The teaching at Brunel law school is of an excellent standard in all areas.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my educational experience so far and am eagerly anticipating the next phase of my PhD.


Neal Beckett - research in comparative EU corporate taxation law, supervised by Professor Abimbola Olowofoyeku

Following completion of my Masters degree (LLM) at University of London, I have been delighted to continue my studies here at Brunel for my research degree. My research thesis focuses on comparative EU corporate taxation law with respect to identifying a common tax avoidance solution across EU Member States. It is a particularly pertinent area of study at the moment based on the widespead lawful tactics available to companies in avoiding corporate tax at a time when the state of EU finances remains perilous. I hope to add some valuable research ideas and solutions to the debate about how, despite the desire for nations to retain soverignty over direct taxation, a common model can be adopted to circumvent tax avoidance. I look forward to continuing working with all the academics assisting my research, as well as any other students with an interest in this field. Beckett

Stephanie Berry – research in international human rights law, supervised by Dr Alexandra Xanthaki

After graduating from the University of Manchester with an honours degree in Law, I moved to Copenhagen where I was an active member of Amnesty International’s Lawyers Group and the European Law Students’ Association, for which I headed a delegation to the United Nations in 2006. In 2008, I completed a LLM in International Human Rights Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute/Lund University in Sweden. I began my PhD at Brunel Law School in September 2008 and also work as a research assistant for the Collaborative Research Network – Human Rights, Security and the Media.

My research focuses on the conflict prevention aspects of international minority rights standards and how these are applicable to Muslims in the UK and Denmark. This will include an analysis of international human rights instruments, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Minorities and the Framework Convention on National Minorities. I will additionally address the national situation in respect of Muslims in both the UK and Denmark, including anti-discrimination legislation, integration policies and freedom of religion.

Stephanie Berry

*Awarded April 2012* Sirinya Dusitnanond - research in tax law, supervised by Professor Abimbola Olowofoyeku

I started my research at Brunel University in March 2007 after obtaining a Masters degree in Tax Law at King's College, London. Prior to that, I completed a first degree at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. I received a scholarship for my LLM and PhD in Tax law from the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and will return to Thailand to become a lecturer in tax law at this University. My research topic is 'Reform of Tax Incentives for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Thailand'. The research studies tax systems with special reference to corporate income tax for FDI in some specific countries of the Thai economy. The aim is to suggest reform of the tax incentives regime for FDI to achieve true economic development.


Hossam ElDeeb research in international criminal law, supervised by Dr Mohamed Elewa Badar

After I obtained my LLM Master's degree from University of London in 2008, I worked as a Human Rights lawyer at the National Council For Human Rights in Egypt before joining the United Nations to work in the International law field at the UNHCR Middle East regional office. In 2010, I was Assistant Counsel before the International Criminal Court working on a case in Africa. In 2011, I decided to start
my PhD studies in the field to enhance my knowledge and experience. Although I received other offers from different universities in the UK, I chose Brunel University because of its excellent academic reputation in research and the recommendations I received from colleagues who studied there. Brunel law school has wide range of specialisations and expertise in different fields of law. Currently I work under the supervision of Dr. Mohamed Elewa Badar, who provides me with very professional assistance and guidance through my research work. Dr. Badar is an expert in the field of ICL and I am proud to work under his supervision at a great university like Brunel.

Amos Osaigbovo Enabulele – research in public international law, supervised by Dr Andreas Dimopoulos

I commenced PhD studies at Brunel University in January 2009. I am a Lecturer at the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, the Faculty of Law, University of Benin, Nigeria. I obtained my LL.B at the University of Benin in 2000 – Second Class (Upper) Division. I attended the Nigerian Law School – Second Class (Upper) Division, and was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2003. I obtained my LLM at the University of Benin – February 2005. I have researched in, and published articles across diverse areas of law, in several Journals. I was appointed to work with the Edo State Law Review Commission, as a representative of the Faculty of Law, University of Benin, in 2004. I was appointed in 2008, by the University of Botswana Law Journal, to contribute a bi-annual “Recent Development in Nigeria” for publication in the Journal.

My PhD work is a hybrid of public international law and constitutional law. It investigates the problems associated with the lack of uniformity in the approaches of sovereign states towards the application of treaties to their municipal subjects, and its implications for an effective international law regime. The relevance of the discourse is underscored by the expansion of the shade of international law through its application to varied subjects, to which municipal law had exclusively applied. The aim of the work is to seek means of reducing the inevitable tension between treaties and municipal law, as the former relates with the different modes of implementation adopted by States. As States continue to assume vertical treaty obligations in the face of the poor enforcement records, majorly caused by constitutional impediments, it is hoped that my findings will lead to a global and efficacious vertical application of international law.


Polona Florijančič, research in WTO law, supervised by Professor Manisuli Ssenyonjo(Awarded a PhD Studentship 2011)

After finishing the LLB at Evropska Pravna Fakulteta in Slovenia, I moved to London to do an LLM degree in International Human Rights Law at Brunel University. The following year I worked as a research assistant for Dr Mohamed Badar and during this time I successfully applied for a PhD studentship at Brunel. I am now a teaching assistant at the Law School and have completed the Graduate Learning and Teaching Programme. Currently I teach a number of seminars at the LLB level and am also lecturing for the International Human Rights Law and Islamic Law module at the postgraduate level. 

My PhD research is on WTO Law and developing countries with a focus on the Agreement on Agriculture. I intend to tackle generally the question of membership in the WTO from a developing country’s perspective, followed by a human rights critique and an examination of the tackled problems as wider problems of public international law.

Polona Florijančič

Kema Alexis Foua - research in International Labour and Economic law, supervised by Professor Ben Chigara 

After completing my LLM in International Comparative and Business Law at London Metropolitan University in 2007, I worked for two different law firms in Kent and London. Since October 2010, I have embarked on a Research study at Brunel University. This is a delightful experience as, not only did I meet other researchers from different countries, but also I gave myself the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of International law under the supervision of a renowned scholar. Brunel University is listed among the top institutions in the UK for Research. This characteristic was the determining factor in my decision to apply for a PhD here.

My research topic is about the implementation of Core International Labour Standards (CILS) in developing countries. I intend to focus my analysis on the issue of Child Labour on cocoa and coffee plantations in the Ivory Coast. This topic is indeed a cross road for human rights law and Labour law alike because there is an issue of child rights arising in a work environment. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is the leading actor in the international legal arena in regard to addressing the issue efficiently. Meanwhile, the various challenges for the ILO to eliminate child labour, having in mind the looming Millennium Development Goals (MDG), lead to the question of the effectiveness of Core International Labour Standards in developing countries in general and in particular in the Ivory Coast.


Edward Guntrip – research in public international law, supervised by Professor Ilias Bantekas
(Awarded a PhD Studentship 2008)

I graduated from the University of Western Australia and subsequently worked as a solicitor in Australia. I completed an LLM at the University of Cambridge specialising in public international law in 2005 and worked as a litigation solicitor in London for several years. I commenced my research at Brunel Law School in September 2008.

My research interests lie in public international law. My research question examines whether the current legal regime governing foreign direct investment permits states to meet both international obligations relating to non-economic development and commercial obligations owed to investors.

Foreign direct investment allows States to source financial assistance and new technologies. Foreign direct investment is usually governed by bilateral investment treaties which have traditionally had a commercial focus. However, States are also under increasing pressure to comply with international obligations to improve labour standards, environmental standards and human rights generally. There is the potential for these different types of obligations to conflict in relation to some investments, resulting in a state possibly breaching either its commercial or non-commercial obligations. My research will examine whether both commercial and non-commercial development obligations for these investments can be met simultaneously and, if not, the mechanism by which a balance be achieved.


Sharmin Chowdhury Hamvas - research to examine the implementation of the Race Directive on the Roma minority in post-communist accession states to the European Union (EU) who imposed ‘conditionality to anti-discrimination acquis’, supervised by Dr Gerard Conway

After completing my LL.M. in International Business Law from the University of Manchester, I started my career practising at a law firm performing legal research. I was always interested in academia, therefore I started to teach and at a later stage lead the Law and Business Programme in Access to Higher Education Diploma course at Thames Valley University. I completed the teaching qualification, Certificate in Education from the same institution and was a former member of the Institute of Learning. I feel passionate about equality and justice, therefore I joined Amnesty International and started my research in this area as a PhD student at Brunel Law School. My research aims to examine the implementation of the Race Directive on the Roma minority in post-communist accession states to the European Union (EU) who imposed ‘conditionality to anti-discrimination acquis’. I presented a Conference paper at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, 7th Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union on ‘Crisis, Continuity, and Change in the European Union’ in March 2012.


Abdullah Mattar - research in anti-dumping and anti-subsidies, supervised by Professor Manisuli Ssenyonjo

After I graduated from Cairo University in 2002, I want back to my country, Saudi Arabia, to work as a lawyer. I worked in many places, which included law firms and practised in many law areas, family law, trade law and Islamic law. In 2004, I became a member of the legal department of one of the largest Saudi company investments in many places in the world. At the same time, I was a writer in Okaz newspaper, a well known newspaper in Saudi Arabia as well as Sayidaty Magazine. In 2005, I established my own law firm and started the work at that time. I was dreaming to continue my higher degree in USA or EU universities, so, in 2006; I decided to do my Master degree LLM in United States (University of Arizona). In Arizona, I had been selected as one of the best law student in University of Arizona and have awarded a certificate. After I finished my LLM in 2008, I found it better to do my PhD in UK, in order to have diverse cultures and knowledge from many countries.

My research is about anti-dumping and anti-subsides and their impact on the Saudi petrochemicals productions. This research is analysing the cases against Saudi Arabia around the world and how to protect these productions from these legal action. It is also worth to know about these two aspects under the Islamic Law, which is new study as well. It is important to know the weakness in these two aspects under GATT and what should the World Trade Organization’s members do in order to develop these regulation to be suitable with the economic changes in the world.


Paulette Morris – research in family mediation (alternative dispute resolution), supervised by Professor Christine Piper

Paulette qualified as a mediator in 2003, received recognition by the Legal Services Commission as a family mediator in 2007 and started her PhD in October 2008 after being awarded a MSc in ‘Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies’ at Birkbeck University of London. Her research focus for the MSc was on adult non-participation in family mediation, which was a small-scale empirical study.

Her PhD thesis focuses on parents who withdraw from the family mediation process before it is complete and seeks to answer the research question “To what extent does the existence of domestic abuse influence the decision of parents to withdraw from mediation after the intake session or later in the process and to what extent might this be the result of poor screening and mediator practice?”

Paulette is undertaking her PhD on a part-time basis and continues to practice as a family mediator as well as working as a research associate on the ‘Mapping Paths to Family Justice’ project, which is an ESRC funded joint research project at the Universities of Exeter and Kent.


Masaki Nagata - research 'Apostasy, Blasphemy and Islamic States Practice', supervised by Dr Mohamed Elewa Badar

After I had successfully achieved an LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, I had decided to undertake a PhD here at Brunel University.

My research topic for my thesis is, 'Apostasy, Blasphemy and Islamic States Practice.'

I have received a lot of support for my research from academics here. The academics and the research administrators have always replied to my emails and questions quickly and provide support to improve the circumstances of my research.


Chidebe Nwankwo - research in ECOWAS, supervised by Professor Manisuli Ssenyonjo

Brunel Law School has created a friendly and homely environment for everyone involved and I have been privileged to work under the supervision of some of the best professionals in the legal academia.

My research is focused on the institutional Framework of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). My research is a multi-disciplinary scholarly exercise cutting across fields including but not limited to; international law, political science, international relations, economics and sociology. I discuss the nature of the ECOWAS treaty establishing that it assumes a supranational status. In my work I examine the design of institutional framework of the community. I also examine how the community institutions relate both at the regional level and domestically and how key actors in the integration process affect community policies. It is hoped, that at the end of the day, the analysis of the trappings of the legal and institutional machinery would be of value to the discourse of supranational organisations in the continent and also be of theoretical value to students and practitioners in the integration process in the sub-region and the wider continent.

Mathieu Le Tissier Nwankwo

Mr Orowhuo Okocha - research in the Detention Rights of Accused Persons in England and Nigeria, supervised by Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos

My research is on the Detention Rights of Accused Persons in England and Nigeria, and focuses on the custodial rights of persons in both jurisdictions, including the right to legal assistance and advice at the police station and the right to silence and freedom from self-incrimination. The research aims to explore the chasm between the law as it exists theoretically and as it is in practice, and to understand the reasons why; and, where necessary, propose reforms to the legal and institutional framework in order to achieve the best rights' practice in both jurisdictions.

The teaching at Brunel Law School is of excellent quality and I especially appreciate that the academics are interested in your success, as evidenced by their willingness to meet and entertain questions, even at informal gatherings.


Henry Uzokwe - research in Consumer Protection and Commercial Law, supervised by Avv Federico Ferretti

Henry holds a BA (Hons) English from the University of Uyo, Nigeria, a Master’s degree in International Diplomacy from Reading University and an LL.B (Hons) Law from Teesside University in the United Kingdom. He also received specialised training and a Certificate in Community Research from University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) United Kingdom. He is about to be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Employment Law (PG Cert). In pursuit of his legal career, he has completed legal internships and volunteered his services with a number of Law Firms and Public Interest Organisations in the United Kingdom and Overseas. During his University years he completed a legal internship with MITCHELL SIMMONDS SOLICITORS London. Henry has developed extensive litigation skills in civil, regulatory, employment and Class Action litigation. Additionally, he has extensive negotiation, community research and reviewing experience. He has successfully represented many employees on Pro Bono bases in different internal appeals. His professional research interest lies in Commercial and Consumer Protection Law, particularly in the areas of financial consumer protection, regulatory law, banking, trade, diplomacy and corporate governance.

Research Title: Financial Services and Consumer Protection in emerging market economies; A Case study of the Nigerian banking industry. His research focuses on the financial consumer protection in emerging market economies and ‘how’ financial consumers’ interests are safeguarded, particularly in the banking industry. This will include an analysis of consumers of financial services in Nigeria. The aim is to analyse and seek effective legal and institutional framework for consumer protection which will include a stronger regulation, supervision and enforcement with cost-effective resolution mechanism.
In the future he aims to continue his rewarding career as a public interest lawyer and gain more experience from international public interest law firms in New York and California.


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