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Sylvanus Gbendazhi Barnabas

Biography: Sylvanus is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as well as a PhD candidate with the Northumbria Law School. Sylvanus is also a Master of Laws in Environmental Law and Policy (with Distinction) from the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom.

Research: His research topic relates to rights of indigenous peoples under international human rights law.

Supervisors: Professor Sue Farran, Dr David McGrogan

Research Interests: Human rights, indigenous peoples, land rights, international law, customary law, environmental law, climate change law and policy & principles of environmental law.

Other relevant information: Sylvanus has led seminars on a number of undergraduate modules like Land Law and Principles of Law and Governance. Sylvanus is still an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Paul Dargue

Biography: Paul holds an LLB (Hons) and an LLM (Criminal Law). He has taught previously at Teesside University and Northumbria University.

Research: Paul's research is a quantitative empirical study of the England and Wales Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). By analysing 472 appeals against conviction, he seeks to determine whether users and observers of the Court can be confident that it decided appeals in an impartial manner, whether the factors are associated with particular outcomes.

Supervisors: Dr Raymond Arthur, Dr Carole McCartney, Dr Andrew Robson

Research Interests: Empirical legal studies, American legal realism and new legal realism, impartiality, criminal law and criminal justice.

Rachel Dunn

Biography: Prior to starting her PhD, Rachel was called to the Bar in 2013, after completing the MLaw degree at Northumbria University. Since January 2015, Rachel has taught on two modules: Contract Law and Year 3 Student Law Office. Whilst on her fieldwork at Palacký University, Czech Republic, Rachel was also asked to teach a legal skills lesson to Erasmus students.

Research: Rachel's PhD is currently entitled: 'What are the claims made for the impact of 'live client' clinics as a component of legal education and what is the evidence for this impact?' It looks at the skills, knowledge and attributes needed for law students to start practice completely and whether live client clinics can develop them. The methods used include a systematic review of the literature, visual methods and interviews. She is due to hand in September 2017.

Supervisors: Dr Elaine Hall, Paul McKeown.

Research Interests: Her research interests include: Legal Education, Clinical Legal Education, Research Methods.

Publications: Dunn, R. 'The Taxonomy of Clinics: An Interactive Session Exploring the Risks and Realities of all Forms of CLE,' The Asian Journal of Legal Education, 2016.

Dunn, R. and McKeown, P. 'From the Field: The European Network of Clinical Legal Education Spring Workshop,' International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 2015.

Other relevant information: Rachel has been employed for various research assistant positions, including running Twitter accounts for conferences and seminars, helping other academics with focus groups and conducting literature reviews and organising undergraduate and PGR conferences. Rachel attends and gives papers at various conferences each year and has been published in the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education and the Asian Journal of Legal Education.

Tracy Kirk

Biography: Prior to commencing doctoral study at Northumbria University, Tracy gained a first class LLB (Hons) in Scots Law from the University of Stirling. Tracy organises an interdisciplinary research group focusing on children. She is also the founder of PubhD Scotland.

Research: Tracy's thesis title is: 'Should adolescents have their own distinct set of rights which recognises their increased capacity to make autonomous decisions as they approach adulthood?'

Supervisors: Dr Susan Farran, Dr Conall Mallory, Dr Raymond Arthur.

Research Interests: Children's rights, family law, child protection and human rights. Tracy has multi-disciplinary children's research interests in education, health and social work.

Marcus Lee

Research: The working title of his research project is, 'Sustainable Development Governance of the Malaysian Energy Sector.' The aim is to identify gaps in the know-how about Malaysia's energy governance and to propose sustainable solutions. It is an inter-disciplinary study considering the science (environmental), politics (social) and economics regarding sustainable development, and focusing in particular on how law and policy can shape sustainable development of the Malaysian energy sector.

Supervisors: Dr Gita Gill, Professor Sue Farran.

Research Interests: His research include international environmental law, contract law, employment law, gender and sexuality.

Alexander Maine

Biography: Alexander graduated from Newcastle University in 2015 with an LLB (Hons) and is a PhD candidate at Northumbria University.

Research: His PhD is entitled, 'Same-Sex Marriage and the Homonormative Legal Identity: The emergence and effect of the Homonormative and Homoradical identities on LGBTQ legal narratives.' Alexander is investigating the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013 and the way in which it constructs homonormativity or the homoradical from a queer theoretical standpoint.

Supervisors: Professor Chris Ashford, Ms Frances Hamilton.

Research Interests: His research interests include family law, queer theory, feminist theory and same-sex marriage, and is part of the Northumbria University Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Interest Group.

Other relevant information: Alexander is Vice-Chair of the North East Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association (LAGLA). LAGLA North East is committed to supporting and celebrating LGBT lawyers in the North East, as well as raising the issues of equality and diversity within the legal profession through event organisation, networking, firm association and presentations.

Tribe Mkwebu

Biography: Tribe Mkwebu is a third year PhD candidate and Associate Lecturer, School of Law, Northumbria University, United Kingdom. Tribe was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a Barrister-at-Law on the 23rd July 2009 by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

Research: His doctoral research is on the pedagogic link between legal education and professional skills in preparing law students for the future practice of law. Tribe is particularly interested in why clinics start and how they last. He is currently wrapping up his thesis on factors that have been influential in the establishment and sustainability of clinical legal education in Zimbabwe.

His PhD is entitled, 'Clinical Legal Education: Bridging the academic skill of thinking like a Lawyer to the professional skill of Lawyering: A model for educating Lawyers in Zimbabwe.'

Supervisors: Dr Elaine Hall, Professor Chris Ashford.

Research Interests: His research interests include: Public Law; Public Interest Lawyering; Justice Education; Rule of Law; Human Rights and Civil Liberties.

Publications: Mkwebu, Tribe. (2014) Book Review: THE GLOBAL CLINICAL MOVEMENT: EDUCATING LAWYERS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE. International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, Volume 21, Issue 2.

Mkwebu, Tribe. (2015) A Systematic Review of Literature on Clinical Legal Education: A Tool for Researchers in Responding to an Explosion of Clinical Scholarship. International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, Volume 22, Issue 3.

Mkwebu, Tribe. (2016, peer-reviewed and accepted for publication) Unpacking Clinical Scholarship: Why Clinics Start and How They Last. Asian Journal of Legal Education, Volume 4, Issue 1.

Katharine Parker

Research: Katharine's research is a qualitative study on the risk taking behaviours of men who have sex with men in public sex environments in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Supervisors: Professor Chris Ashford, Alan Reed.

Research Interests: Her research interests include the interaction between gender, sexuality and law. Katharine is part of the Northumbria University Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Interest Group.

Adam Ramshaw

Research: Adam is a third year PhD student who is currently submitting his thesis titled, 'The Role of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in Public and Private Sector Possession Proceedings'.

Supervisors: Dr Raymond Arthur, Professor Sue Farran.

Research Interests: His research interests include human rights, housing law and property.

Mohammad Zakaria Sabuj

Biography: Before starting his PhD, Mohammad completed his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in Bangladesh, followed by a Graduate Entry LLB at the University of London in 2012. He has also completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and Master of Laws (LLM) at Northumbria University in 2014. Mohammad was called to the Bar of England and Wales in November 2014.

Research: Mohammad's PhD thesis is currently entitled, 'Legitimacy and Compatibility of use of force (jus ad bellum) in International Law and Islamic Law.' The thesis aims to conduct an in-depth comparative analysis of two potentially conflicting legal systems, namely Public International Law and Islamic International Law in order to find out to what extent these two systems could legitimately complement each other in a plural fashion.

Supervisors: Dr Mohamed Badar, Dr Lee McConnell.

Research Interests: Public International Law, Islamic Law, International Humanitarian Law, law of the sea, legal theory and research methods.

Other relevant information: Mohammad has worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at universities in Bangladesh and undertaken legal advisory responsibilities on a part-time basis. Mohammad has also worked in research assistant positions in Bangladsh and London in different areas of International Law and Islamic Law. In addition to presenting papers at various conferences, Mohammad has completed mini pupillages with various criminal and employment chambers in London.

Marc Struhldreier

Biography: After graduating with a Bachelors degree in International Business Law and Business Management, Marc undertook Masters study at Trinity College Dublin to specialise in the areas of European and International Law, with a focus on International Trade Law and Human Rights.

The aim of Marc's PhD research project is to examine compromises between trade law and human rights, and to strive for extended social justice.

You can read Marc's student profile here.

Supervisors: Professor Sue Farran, Dr Mark Brewer.

Research Interests: International Law, Trade Law, Patent Law, Human Rights Law, Medical Law, Sustainable Development.

Other staff members who are currently undertaking or have recently completed postgraduate study include:

Brian Brewis

Elaine Campbell

Sophie Carr

Lauren Clayton-Helm

Katharine Davies

Ross Fletcher

Victoria Gleason

James Gray

Birju Kotecha

Debbie Rook

Cath Sylvester

Malvika Unnithan

Victoria Worrall


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