Oxford Study Abroad


Supervised Research Tutorials

This course is modeled on the format of the justly renowned Oxford tutorial. Each tutor meets periodically with a small number of students. Meetings are devoted to planning or revising the students’ individual research papers, to be completed by the end of the semester. Law students participate in groups of 3 or 4 with their individual tutors (professors). Listed below are Oxford professors who have supervised research tutorials in past programs, their general subject areas, and some of the research and writing projects prepared under their guidance.

The following are samples of past supervised research tutorials, as sometimes our tutors may change from year to year, this is intended to provide some sample ideas. Specific topics that may be available in any given year will depend on the tutors in that particular year.

Professor Roderick Bagshaw: Comparative Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Tort Law and Evidence

Roderick Bagshaw is Tutor and Fellow in Law at Magdalen College and a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law. He teaches courses in Administrative Law, Constitutional Law and Tort Law, and on the postgraduate BCL Evidence course. He was formerly on the Executive Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars and the Convenor of the Society’s Tort Law Subject Section. Recent papers supervised include: Should Social Networking Sites Be Liable for Torts Committed By Site Users Against Other Site Users?; Anti-bullying Legislation: How Bullied Victims Can Use Tort Claims to Hold Schools Accountable; Good Samaritans: What Can the Law Do?; Do Civil Stalking Statutes Adequately Protect Victims in the United States?

Professor Cathryn Costello: European Union Law

B.C.L., (N.U.I.), LL.M. (Bruges), B.L. (Honorable Society of King’s Inns) is a fellow of Worcester College. She tutors Constitutional and EU law and also teaches parts of the BCL International and European Employment Law course. From 1998-2003 she was Lecturer in European Law at the Law School, Trinity College Dublin. From 2000-2003, she also held the position of Director of the Irish Centre for European Law. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco and from January to May 2006 was a visiting research fellow at NYU School of Law. She has assisted a number of NGOs in the immigration and asylum fields, and was a member of the Board of the Irish Refugee Council and the Steering Committee of the Immigrant Council of Ireland. She is currently on ILPA’s (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association) European Group.   Recent papers supervised include: People Blowing in the Wind: Is there a Viable Solution to Climate Change Displacement; LGBTI Asylum Seekers in the UK: Should the Standard of Proof be Lowered?; The  State of Human Trafficking in the US, UN and Europe; Left Behind: The Plight of Afghan and Iraqi Interpreters.

Professor Elizabeth Fisher: Comparative Risk Regulation, Environmental Law and Regulatory Subjects

Liz Fisher, BA/LLB (UNSW), D Phil (Oxon) is a Reader in Environmental Law at Corpus Christi College and UL lecturer in the Faculty of Law. She researches in the area of environmental law, risk regulation and administrative law. Much of her work has explored the interrelationship between law, administration and regulatory problems. Her work has an important comparative dimension and she focuses in particular on these issues in the legal cultures of the UK, US, Australia, the EU, and the WTO. She won an Oxford University Teaching Award in 2009 and was shortlisted for OUP National Law Teacher of the Year Award 2011. Fisher convenes the Environmental Law courses and is the Director of the Course in Legal Research Method for first year postgraduate research students in the Faculty. Recent papers supervised include: The Shifting of Risk: US and UK Marijuana Risk Management Methodology; Tabaco: Regulation and Litigation in the US and the UK; The Regulation of Hate Speech in the US and UK; Food Regulation: Crisis and Culture in the US and UK.

Professor Thomas Krebs: Comparative Commercial Law, International Trade Law, and Tort Law

Thomas Krebs is a University lecturer in commercial and comparative commercial law. He writes and teaches in contract law, agency law, private international trade law, and the law of restitution. To better focus his tutorial teaching, Professor Krebs asks his students to agree to all write in one of the above listed issue areas.

Professor Keith Hawkins: Sociology of Law, Legal Processes, and Government Regulation

Keith Hawkins (LL.B Birm., Dipl Criminol., MA, PhD Cantab.) is an emeritus professor at Oriel College. His research interests are in the sociology of legal processes, and are concerned with legal decision-making and the workings of governmental regulation in such areas as environmental control, and occupational health and safety regulations. Professor Hawkins suggests papers related to: punishment; deterrence; rehabilitation; restorative justice; contemporary politics of crime and criminal justice; the death penalty; defining and measuring crime; pre-trial criminal justice processes; sentencing; predictive decision-making in criminal justice; prisons and prisoners; regulatory offences (the role of criminal law in regulation); the role of discretion in criminal law (desirable or undesirable; how to control it).

Professor Daniela Simone: Intellectual Property

Daniela Simone is new to our program this year. She is an Australian-trained lawyer, who also holds both MPhil and B.C.L. degrees from Oxford University. She is a member of Worcester College. Daniela was convener of the Oxford Intellectual Property Discussion Group from 2010 to 2013, and will supervise papers on Intellectual Property Law. This could include papers on the theoretical underpinnings of the law, as well as more doctrinal questions. She would be particularly interested in supervising papers on issues related to the protection of cultural property. Other topics might include: copyright law and new technology; the regulation of large group authorship; the international intellectual property system; the interface between intellectual property and human rights law; the expansion of trademark law.