CCLS Studentship - “Modes of Regulation - Regulating Illegal Content Online from a UK/EU perspective”.

Country: United Kingdom;

Deadline: 03.07.2015



The Institute of Computer and Communications Law (ICCL), part of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), is offering PhD Studentship funding to a doctoral student to conduct research into the question of how the UK (and other EU Member States) regulate illegal content online. In particular the candidate is to examine how different law enforcement agencies and regulators (e.g. Ofcom, ATVOD, the Internet Watch Foundation) relate to each other and how they co-operate (or not), looking at their scope and relationships.

The outcome of the PhD will be a theory of how illegal content on the internet can and should be regulated, analysing the conflict between fundamental rights (freedom of expression) and regulation. Regulation in this context encompasses administrative law, criminal law and tort. The Candidate may decide to focus on one of the particular types of illegal content (eg obscenity/indecency, cyberterrorism, child sex abuse, online gambling etc).

About the award -

• The award is for full time postgraduate PhD research students only;
• The award will cover all tuition fees whether at the Home/EU rate or the overseas rate, so is open to both UK and overseas applicants. The recipient will also receive an annual maintenance grant.
• Applicants should be aware that the School of Law PhD programme has various entrance requirements which applicants are expected to meet, including academic performance requirements relating to previously taken taught postgraduate degrees in a law or law-related subject.
• The award is for new applicants looking to enrol in September 2015. Given that most LLM (and some MA) courses in the UK end with graduation in November (and that, as mentioned, entry on to the PhD programme is dependent upon the applicant obtaining a certain grade on their LLM/MA course so as to meet the PhD programme’s academic entry requirements), so this means current UK LLM students (or students on any course with graduation after September 2015) are not eligible to be considered.
• Also, therefore, existing PhD students who have already enrolled prior to September are not eligible to apply for the award.

Deadline -

The deadline for this School of Law Studentship award is Friday 3rd July 2015

You must have completed both the main PhD application process, including the submission of all required supporting documentation, by this date, in order to be considered.

Further information -

Any informal inquiries about the research proposal and topic area of the Studentship can be directed to Prof. Julia Hornle:

If you have any queries relating to the funding (or PhD) application process, please e-mail the School of Law PhD Admissions Administrator, Mr G Skehan, at

For information on how to make an application to the School of Law PhD programme, about the entry requirements, and what supporting documentation is required, please see our web-page:

For more information on the research topic and about the award, please see our web-page:


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