We have three vibrant research centres within the Law School producing cutting-edge legal research and hosting a range of speaker events and workshops. Our PhD programme is likewise a core component of the dynamic and supportive research community within the School.
- Prof. Ryan Abbott, The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020).
- Dr Hrafn Asgeirsson, On the Nature and Value of Vagueness in the Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2020).
- Dr Stephen Bero, 'Holding Responsible and Taking Responsibility' (2020) Law and Philosophy.
- Dr Ken Ehrenberg, 'Medical complicity and the legitimacy of practical authority' (2020) Ethics, Medicine and Public Health 12.
- Prof Verónica Rodríguez-Blanco, 'Tracing Finnis’s criticism of Hart’s Internal Point of View: Instability and the ‘Point’ of Human Action in Law'. In: Cambridge Companion to Legal Positivism (Editors Patricia Mindus and Torben Spaak), Cambridge University Press.
- The Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy at the School of Law will collaborate on a Law-Language-Philosophy Research Network grant awarded by the Polish grant agency NAWA with the Jagiellonian Centre for Law, Language and Philosophy (at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow).
- Prof. Rosalind Malcolm is co-leading an environmental grant project in Uganda and Malawi awarded by the Global Challenges Research Fund.
- Dr Marton Ribary has been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship within the School of Law for his research project on algorithmic modeling of ancient legal systems. Read more.
Our PhD Programme
University of Surrey School of Law has a renowned PhD programme with an excellent track record of placing our PhD students in academic posts and other high-level careers.
In the 15-year period between 2004 and 2019, we awarded 29 PhDs in Law and of these, fully 14 were successful in attaining permanent academic posts at Universities in the UK and two more obtaining academic posts at Universities abroad. The remainder have gone on to pursue a range of successful career paths including at the Bar, as corporate counsel, in government posts and research-intensive positions in industry.
From 2014 through 2020, our PhD graduates and current PhD students have attained Lectureships at a range of institutions including University of Brighton, University of Buckingham, University of Chichester, Coventry University, University of Essex, University of Exeter and University of Westminster. We have strong academic networks domestically and abroad, and we use these to provide intensive training and preparation for the academic job market for all students on our PhD programme.