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Law: Part Funded PhD: Cyber Threats and International Law

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    Dr S MacDonald
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This scholarship is for a joint Swansea-Grenoble PhD. During the candidature the successful applicant will spend time studying at the College of Law & Criminology, Swansea University, and at the Centre for International Security and European Studies (CESICE), Université Grenoble-Alpes.

Across the globe, cyberspace is now regarded as a key strategic environment. Cyber threats pose a number of challenges for both national and international legal regimes. The upsurge in national, regional and global initiatives to deal with these threats – resulting in a plethora of (often overlapping and sometimes conflicting) regulatory regimes – creates yet more difficulties. This project will address these challenges by examining: (a) how to address existing deficiencies in legal regulation of cyber threats; and, (b) how regulatory functions should be allocated between different legal systems. By identifying important trends within and between different legal systems, the research will develop a viable, coherent framework for assisting policy makers and legislators to deal more effectively with the multifaceted nature of cyber threats. The project will also enquire about the possible creation of a legal concept of “cyberspace” (as a space additional to land, maritime and air territory) and its legal regime.

The academic supervisors for the project will be: Dr Stuart Macdonald (http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/law/stuartmacdonald/); Dr Helen Quane (http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/law/helenquane/); Prof Théodore Christakis (http://cesice.upmf-grenoble.fr/le-centre/theodore-christakis-173840.htm?RH=1265281047840); and, Dr Karine Bannelier (http://cesice.upmf-grenoble.fr/le-centre/karine-bannelier-186545.htm?RH=1265281047840).

The successful applicant will join a vibrant community of researchers, and will be encouraged to participate in the activities of the multidisciplinary cyberterrorism research project (www.cyberterrorism-project.org).

The successful candidate will be expected to start their studentship on 1st July 2016.


Candidates should hold a Master’s degree in Law.

Experience of international law and/or cybersecurity is desirable. Candidates should be fluent in English. A knowledge of French is desirable.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

Funding Notes

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus 50% of the normal RCUK stipend p.a. (currently £14,057 p.a.) There will also be opportunities for the successful candidate to apply for additional funding from Université Grenoble-Alpes during the course of the candidature.

There will also be an additional £550 available for research expenses.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

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