SCIEL encourages collaborative research projects within its membership, and also inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional projects with other disciplines and other universities and organisations. At SCIEL we welcome proposals for joint research projects from other universities.
Doing Law Beyond the State: Research Methodologies in Comparative, EU and Public and Private International Law
What is it we "do" as lawyers, when we are looking at law ‘beyond the state’? Interest in the theoretical foundations of, and disciplinary methods within EU, comparative and international legal scholarship (both public and private) is on the rise. Practitioners and academics alike are pausing to think more about what it is that they take for granted, and what they might be able to do with law if they challenged what was taken as given within their respective (sub-)disciplines.
Cyber Terrorism and International Law
Dr Russell Buchan, in collaboration with Professor David Fidler from Indiana University (USA) and Dr Emily Crawford from the University of Sydney (Australia), have recently had approved by the Executive Council of the International Law Association (ILA) a proposal to establish a study group to examine the effectiveness of international law in preventing and suppressing cyber terrorism. The study group will run for 3 years and will hold various conferences and workshops with the aim of producing a final report on international law and cyber terrorism to be submitted to the ILA. Dr Buchan is Co-Rapporteur and Professor Tsagourias is a member.
Launched in January 2008, the project was concluded in August 2011. The project assessed the impact of the increasing use of private military companies and security companies on situations of armed conflict. It examined the regulatory framework at national, European and international levels, with a view to ensuring improved complience with international humanitarian law and human rights. The project was a collaborative research project carried out by a consortium of seven European partners.
Autonomy of International Organisation
Completed in April 2011 this research project aimed to engage with the idea of international organisations as autonomous entities, both in terms of control and influence over their membership and as independent actors in the international legal system.
Global Justice and Sustainable Development Conference
This two-day conference considered the role of international law in the achievement of global justice. Hosted by SCIEL it was held on 26 - 27th August 2009 here in association with International Law Association (ILA) The conference was also partially funded by the Modern Law Review.
Legal Research Methodologies in European Union and International Law
This was an AHRC funded collaborative doctoral training project aimed at enhancing the methodological understandings and capabilities of PhD students and enabling students to present their work and develop this networks with a wide range of scholars. This project led to a publication that is now available.