Aberystwyth Law School, Living the Law Since 1901

Research Seminars, Public Lectures and Conferences

Annual Programme 2017-18

Week starting

Wednesdays 1.10 - 2pm

Elystan Morgan Building 1.21

(unless stated otherwise)

Thursdays 1.10 -2pm

Elystan Morgan Building 1.21

(unless stated otherwise)

25 Sept

Room 250

Ann Sherlock

"The Older People’s Commissioners in Wales and Northern Ireland: a comparative study"

This seminar will report back on the research conducted during my sabbatical semester. My research project involves a comparative study of the Older People’s Commissioners in Wales and in Northern Ireland. While there has been a good deal of academic consideration of Children’s Commissioners in the UK and beyond, the more novel office of Older People’s Commissioner has received much less attention. The overall project being conducted examines a number of aspects concerning these Commissioners, including their role in dealing with individual requests for assistance and their place within the administrative justice system, and their impact on policy development. However, this seminar will focus on the establishment and governance aspects of the offices. In particular, it will raise the question of how the independence of the Commissioners may be secured while still ensuring an appropriate level of accountability. Examining the Commissioners in two jurisdictions within the UK provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the relevance of the political contexts in which they operate.

2 Oct

Ffion Llewelyn

9 Oct

Uta Kohl

"Territory in the Information Age"

16 Oct  Chris Harding


23 Oct  Nathan Gibbs


30 Oct  Richard Ireland  
6 Nov  Sarah Wydall  
13 Nov

 Rsyzard Piotrowicz


20 Nov


Kerry Lewis

"A Critique of the Centralisation of Welsh Inshore Fisheries Management"

.... with some recommendations for change, presenting my contributions to a report (not yet published) led by Alan Terry from UWE, with input from Blaise Bullimore (Marine Ecologist).

27 Nov Marco Odello


4 Dec

Lowri Cunnington Wynn

11 Dec

Ola Olusanya

18 Dec  Christmas  
25 Dec  Christmas  
1 Jan  Christmas  
8 Jan


15 Jan

Sofia Cavandoli

Friday, 19 January 2018:  Aberystwyth Law School Festival

22 Jan

Brendan Coyle

29 Jan

 Glenys Williams

5 Feb  Naomi Salmon  
12 Feb    Catrin Huws
19 Feb  Ruth Atkins  
26 Feb  David Poyton  
5 March  Anel Marais  
12 March  Alan Clarke  
19 March  John Williams  
26 March  Easter


2 April  Easter  
9 April


16 April

 PhD students

 23 April  PhD students  
 30 April  PhD students  
7 May  PhD students  
14 May    
21 May    
28 May    
 4 June


11 June


18 June    
25 June    

Archive of Law School Research Seminars

Law School Research Expertise and Interests

Human Rights Protection

Ann Sherlock – children’s rights – human rights in the EU and ECHR

Naomi Salmon – consumer rights – the right to food

Anel Boshoff – human rights theory

Catrin Fflur Huws  - language rights and minority rights

Sofia Cavandoli  – democracy, self-determination and human rights

Uta Kohl  -  corporate human rights and abuses – human rights on the internet

Sarah Wydall – human rights and domestic violence policy development

Engobo Emeseh – human rights and the environment

Marco Odello – humanitarian law – International Commissions of inquiry - international human rights organisations - international law

Ryszard Piotrowicz – humanitarian law - people trafficking – refugees - migration law - international law

Chris Harding – human rights interface with criminal law

John William – the  rights of older people

Law and Society

Anel Boshoff – family and gender issues - law and language - semiotics -  law and politics

Glenys Williams – euthanasia

Rebecca Zerk - Gender-based harms, particularly domestic violence and abuse

Catrin Fflur Huws – law and theatre - law and literature - law and linguistics

Sarah Wydall  - gender-based harms

Richard Ireland – legal theory

John Williams – aging and the law

Ryszard Piotrowicz – law and gender

Criminal Justice



Kate Williams - third sector in criminal justice

Sarah Wydall - justice mechanisms

Glenys Williams – emotions in criminal law

Ffion Llewelyn – self-defence and knife crime

Jen Phipps –  criminological perspectives on the military and veterans - gender in the military - early intervention / crime prevention - reintegration of offenders - victim offender mediation - police training & education

Chris Harding – economic crime – EU criminal law

Alan Clarke – evaluation of criminal justice interventions - domestic violence and elder abuse

John Williams – elder abuse - older people in the criminal justice system

Richard Ireland - history of criminal justice

Ola Olusanya– international crimes – war and veterans –criminological theory – theoretical integration in criminology – punishment - race and crime

Ryszard Piotrowicz – human trafficking and human smuggling

Rebecca Zerk - Crimes against older people and justice seeking remedies -  victims experiences in the adversial process

Brendan Coyle - young adults in contact with the criminal justice system - desistance from crime - arts interventions

Welsh Affairs

Catrin Fflur Huws – Welsh language rights - bilingual law making and statutory interpretation

Kerry Lewis – nature conservation in Wales - planning and devolution

Ann Sherlock – devolution – Commissioners and Ombudsmen in Wales – implementation of children’s rights in Wales

Glenys Williams – health care in rural Wales

Kate Williams - Welsh social and criminal justice, esp youth justice

Richard Ireland  - Welsh penal history

John Williams – social care and devolution

Global Commerce

Ruth Atkins– intellectual property law

Engobo Emeseh – corporate social responsibility - international economic law - petroleum law

Constantina Sampani – maritime law

Uta Kohl –  regulation of transnational corporations - company law

Chris Harding – cartel regulation

Technology and Society

Uta Kohl – internet governance - internet jurisdiction - intermediary liability

Rebecca Zerk - the use and misue of technology in young people’s intimate relationships (developing and maintaining relationships, sexting, coercive control, monitoring and survelliance)

Naomi Salmon – regulation of biotechnology and nanotechnology

Ruth Atkins – electronic commerce

Environment and Food Policy

Engobo Emeseh – international environmental law, policy, rights and governance

Sofia Cavandoli – the environment and human rights

Naomi Salmon – national and international food security, sustainability and governance

Kerry Lewis – nature conservation and environmental protection

Gerald Schaefer – environmental protection during armed conflicts

Governance and Constitutional Studies

Anel Boshoff – governance and gender equality

Sarah Wydall – research ethics and qualitative methodologies

Nathan Gibbs – constitutional theory - history of legal theory - comparative law

Chris Harding – governance and criminal law

If you are interested in completing research in an area not mentioned here, please also get in touch as this list is indicative only.

Research Centres and Projects

The Law School Research Student Activities

Aberystwyth Law School Postgraduate Conference

Aberystwyth Law School Postgraduate Conference is a student led endeavour which aims to enhance research, learning and discussion as well as to provide networking opportunities in a friendly and supportive environment. We aim to be an informal/relaxing environment for student researchers to begin their conference journey and to develop their research.

Undergraduates are also encouraged to attend the conference so that they can experience a postgraduate environment and enhance any research interests they may have.

The conference is held annually and to find out more and keep up to date about the next conference, visit our website, social media sites or email us.

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Twitter: @AberLawConf Email:

Past conference titles:

2017: ‘The Interwoven Relationship of Law and Media’

2016: ‘Changing Law…Changing Society?’


Law PhD Students Podcast on Legal Topics

Two of our PhD students, Megan and Linda are podcasting to relate legal topics for lay people. It is their aim to demonstrate how the Law is relevant and interesting outside of University walls while making it accessible to the general public.

Please scrawl through the below soundcloud options for available interviews.


Aberystywth Law School PG Blogging Website

The website gives students at Aberystwyth’s Law School a space to share their work and their experiences, not only to support their own development, but also to encourage public and academic engagement, and even to bring other PG students (from other institutions) together in our experiences.

Equally, the website also plays host to the “LawStories” podcast where you will hear relevant and/or interesting law related stories, facts and discussions from experts in an accessible manner.

Please see out About Us section for future information on the purpose of this website, and see our current blog posts to get you started.