The United National Sustainable Development Goals (USDG) 2030 are a range of goals designed to improve prosperty, peace and quality of life across the globe by 2030. This project could consider the appropriateness - or fitness for purpose - of rules of private international law, public international law and/or environmental law working in tandem in furtherance of the UNSDG goals. The project would not be expected to consider all of the UNSDG goals. Rather, the project is an opportunity to elect a focus on at least two/three or more relevant goals relative to private international law issues of jurisdiction and choice of law. For example, it could assess the extent to which common law and statute/codes of jurisdiction and choice of law enhance SDG 10 reducing inequalities and SDG 16 promoting peace, justice and strong institutions. In doing so, the project could take a comparative approach by contrasting the approach of private international law in different states along with the contribution of international organisations such as the EU and Hague Conference on Private International Law in furtherance of the specific USDG goals selected.
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in law with a good fundamental knowledge of private international law/conflict of laws and public international law or environmental law. An interest in the relationship between them would be an advantage.
English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.
• Experience of fundamental private international law
• Competent in legal research methodologies relevant to the project
• Knowledge of private international law across different jurisdictions an advantage
• Good written and oral communication skills
• Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
• Good time management
If a comparative research project is proposed, competence in relevant languages may be desirable.