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Semester in Oxford Program

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 since 2006.

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

Professor Nicholas Bamforth: Comparative Constitutional and Human Rights Law
(Topics from 2006-10)

  • Discrimination Law: Substance or Rhetoric? (2010)
  • Comparing Different Approaches to Hate Crimes in an Effort to Determine Whether There is Room for Considering Domestic Violence and Rape as Hate Crimes Against Women (2010)
  • Fatal Incompatibility: Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill and International Human Rights Law (2010)
  • Human Rights Violations and the Responsibilities and Liabilities of States and Multi-National Corporations
  • Striking a Balance: A Comparative Analysis of Protections for Both Individuals and Police in the U.S., England, and the E.U.Broadcasting Freedom in the United States and the UK
  • Legal Rights Afforded to War on Terror Detainees in the US and UK
  • The Court and Aspirational Prudence: The Law’s Promise, Democracy and Rights
  • Same-Sex Marriage in the United States and the United Kingdom
  • Going Too Far?: Comparative Legal Frameworks on the Use of Torture in the United Kingdom and the United States
  • Xenuphobia: Scientology in Europe
  • Veiled Parallels: A Comparison of Sex Offender Legislation in American States and Signatory States to the European Convention on Human Rights
  • The Margin of Appreciation and the Principle of Subsidiarity: Transforming the Political Into Legal?
  • The Right to One’s Body: UK Human Rights Law as Sexual Discourse
  • The Ebb and Flow of the Right to Liberty During Times of Terrorism in the United States and the United Kingdom
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology: Legal Responses to Technological Change in the UK and the US

Professor Cathryn Costello: European Union Law
(Topics from 2010)

  • Unenforceable Impracticality: Exploring Köbler's Constitutional, Jurisprudential and Practical Miscues (2010)
  • Protocol 30 of the Lisbon Treaty: Actual Substance or Apocryphal Satisfaction? (2010)
  • Conflict Between Language Diversity and Free Movement of Goods in the European Union (2010)

Professor Anne Davies: Comparative Labor and Employment Law and Administrative Law (Topics from 2007-10)

  • Tackling Labor Law: Comparing Labor Relations in the NFL and the Premiership (2010)
  • A Comparative Analysis: Theory, Employment Effects and Legal Framework of the Minimum Wage in the U.K. and U.S. (2010)
  • Fighting for the Family: A Comparative Look at Family Leave in the U.S. and England and Where Coverage is Fullest for the Family (2010)
  • Genetic Discrimination in the Workplace
  • A Comparative Study of Redundancy/Layoff Laws
  • Labor Issues in Regional Trade Agreements: Comparing the EU and NAFTA/NAALC
    Privacy and the Media: A Comparison of Laws in the United States and the United Kingdom
  • Protection for Freedom of Religion in the United States and the United Kingdom
  • Who Wins? Freedom of Political Expression in the Workplace: Determining the Scope of Such a Right in the United States and the United Kingdom
  • I’d Rather Be Gay in the UK: A Comparative Look at the Treatment of Sexual Orientation in the American Workplace
  • A Return to Reason: The Duty to Make Reasonable Accommodation in the United States
  • The Public Interest Disclosure Act v. the Notification and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002: Comparing Whistleblower Protections for American and English Government Workers
  • Who is in Charge of Your Genetic Information?  Is it You or Your Employer? A Comparative Study of Employment Genetic Discrimination in the U.S. and the U.K.

Professor James Edelman: Contract Law, Torts, Equity, and Remedies
(Topics from 2007-08, 2010)

  • Getting Back to Our Roots: Reforming the United States Punitive Damage Regime to Resemble that of England's (2010)
  • History Divided: A Comparative Paper on Copyright Law in the United States and the United Kingdom (2010)
  • Why Current Remedies are Losing the Battle Against Professional Athletes Breaching Their Employment Contracts (2010)
  • Exemption Clauses for Breach of Trust from a Comparative Perspective
  • Conflicting Libel Laws and the Problems Created by Forum-Shopping by Plaintiffs Choosing to Sue in the Most Favorable Jurisdiction
  • The Treatment of the Business Judgment Rule From a Comparative Perspective
  • Ending Judicial Abuse of Substantive Unconscionability: An Argument for U.S. Legislation Tracking U.K. Legislation
  • A Comparative Study of Trademark Law in the United States and England
  • The Special Case of Severability

Professor Elizabeth Fisher: Comparative Risk Regulation, Environmental Law and Regulatory Subjects
(Topics from 2006-10)

  • Transparency of Military Operations in a Globally Connected World: Effective Check on Power or Unnecessary Danger for Soldiers? (2010)
  • Regulatory Failure of the Recent Financial Crisis: Analyzing Some of the Major Regulatory Systems Involved in the Collapse of the Complex Securities Market (2010)
  • A Lesson in Drafting: The SPS Agreement and Legal Uncertainty (2010)
  • Promotion of Collaborative Approaches Between Industry, Citizens, and Government in EU and US Risk Regulation
  • A Comparison of US and UK Regulatory Strategies Concerning Contaminated Land
  • A Comparison of the Ability of States in the US and EU to Take Measures in Circumstances of Scientific Uncertainty When it Infringes the Dormant Commerce Clause/Article 28
  • Trading Spaces: the United States and United Kingdom’s Approaches to Ergonomic Injuries
  • A Smoking Look at Federalism: Public Smoking Regulation in the United States and the United Kingdom
  • Anti-Money Laundering Regimes: A Functional Approach to the Rise of Money Laundering in the United States and the U.K.
  • The Proposed GE/Honeywell Merger: Explanations for the Disparate U.S. and EU Decisions Despite Similar Substantive Law
  • Regulating a Toxic Legacy: How Perceived Risk Influences the Regulatory Framework of PCB Regulation: An Historical Comparison of the U.S. and Canada
  • A Tall Order: A Sensible Approach to Short Selling Regulation in the United States and the United Kingdom
  • What are the Challenges Involved in Comparing Risk Regulation Between the United States and the European Union?
  • The Effect of Differences in Government Structure and Legal Cultures on the Use of Regulatory Impact Assessments in the United States and the United Kingdom
  • The Evolving Treatment of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures in the World Trade Organization: Moving from Nondiscrimination Norms to Scientific Justifications

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

Professor Lucia Zedner: Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice
(Topics from 2006-10)

  • American Criminology in the United States of America and the United Kingdom (2010)
  • The World-Wide Abolition of Capital Punishment: Changing America (2010)
  • Organized Crime in America and the U.K.: The Past, Present and Future. What is Being Done to Take a Bite Out of Crime? (2010)
  • Comparing Recourse to Incarceration by the Penal Systems in the US and UK
  • The Role of the Jury in Criminal Trials in the US and UK
  • The Comparative Effectiveness of Treatment Programs for Offenders in Reducing Recidivism in the US and UK
  • Terror’s Triumph Over the Right to Privacy: A Comparison Between United States and United Kingdom Government Surveillance Policy and Law
  • The Death Penalty and International Law–Comparing Approaches in the United States and the United Kingdom
  • International Terrorism: War or Crime?  Why the “War on Terror” is Conceptually Flawed
  • Comparison Issues in Insanity Defense Jurisprudence
  • Influence of Penal Philosophy on Prison Architecture: A US/UK Comparison
  • Suicide in Prisons: A US/UK Comparison
  • Forensic Science and the Criminal Defendant
  • Preemption and Punishment: A Comparative Study of White Collar Crime Prosecution in the United States and the United Kingdom
  • Anti-Terrorism Legilation in the United Kingdom and United States: The Expansion of Inchoate Offenses and the Repression of Civil Liberties
  • Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear: A Comparative Study of the Development and Operation of CCTV Systems in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany