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Addison Brown Prize Awarded annually or biannually for the best student essay on a subject related to private international law or maritime law. Browse those papers held by the Library designated as recipients
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Sidney I. Roberts Prize Awarded annually to the best student paper in the field of taxation. Victor Brudney Prize Awarded annually to the best student paper on a topic related to corporate governance.
Yong K. Kim Memorial Prize Awarded to the best student paper on the law or legal history of East Asia or legal issues surrounding U.S.-East Asia relations.
There are some student papers in our institutional repository DASH. Whenever possible, information about the paper (e.g. prizes won, courses for which the paper was written, etc.) has been included for keyword searching.
Law Dissertation Topics
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The following guide outlines a variety of law dissertation titles across several disciplines such as company law, criminal law and human rights law. You could use any of these topics if you’re thinking of doing a LLM or LLB dissertation. If you need more help on choosing an ideal topic, do not hesitate to contact us at WritePass.
2.0. Law Dissertation Topics
2.1. Company Law
2.1.1. An assessment of the impact of s.172 of the Companies Act 2006: is “enlightened shareholder value” working?
2.1.2. Is the current regulatory environment in Company Law sufficient to ensure that Companies will take into account more than simply their profits? A case study into the effect of the Companies Act 2006.
2.1.3. The Banking Crisis and Company Law: Will the Vickers Commission reforms be sufficient to promote financial stability, competition and stronger corporate governance?
2.1.4. Should the corporate veil be lifted more often in the UK? A comparative study of the UK and the USA with respect to legal challenges to limited liability.
2.1.5. An assessment of Director’s Duties under ss 171-177: Do they prevent corporate wrongdoing and is reform needed?
2.1.6. Is Corporate Social Responsibility too important to be left to self-regulation? An examination of the current state of CSR in the UK.
2.1.7. In light of the crisis of corporate governance should members be free to enforce the constitution of the company?
2.1.8. Are stakeholders undervalued in UK Company Law? A Comparative study of UK, Germany and Japanese Company law.
2.1.9 Piercing the Corporate Veil: A study into the effectiveness of rules which go behind a company’s façade – is legislation needed to properly hold companies to account?
2.1.10 The contractual effect of a Companies’ Articles of Association: Is s.33 of the Companies Act 2006 effective in outlining the boundaries of the rights and obligations companies owe to their members?
2.1.11 Corporate Social Responsibility in the UK: is the UK’s legal regime regulating CSR effective?
2.1.12 Corporate Governance in the UK: a comparison of Germany’s structures of corporate control with the UK’s Company Act 2006
2.1.13 Corporate Crime: Is the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act of 2007 working?
2.1.14 The Banking crisis of 2008 and corporate governance: a critical analysis of the effect of the Companies Act 2006 s.172 on companies and banks in the UK
2.2. Criminal Law
2.2.1. Are Companies and Directors being held fully responsible for their criminal negligence? A critical analysis of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007.
2.2.2. An evaluation of the current state of English criminal law in relation to the defence of self defence.
2.2.3. The problems with provocation as a defence to murder: Has the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 provided the solution for those who suffer from domestic violence and battered women’s syndrome?
2.2.4. Is the law of murder still a “mess”? A study into the recommendations of the Law Commission from 2004 and how they have been implemented in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.
2.2.5. Intoxication and criminal liability: Should the Law Commission’s proposals back in 1993 be adopted in the UK?
2.3. Human Rights/Constitutional Law
2.3.1. Has the European Court of Human Rights been balancing article 6 (freedom of expression) and article 8 (right to a private life) adequately? A study into media law and freedom of expression in the UK.
2.3.2. Have the police been using their powers of detention and questioning of suspects adequately in response to the terrorism threat in the UK? A study into the current state of police powers in relation to terrorism.
2.3.3. An examination of the UK’s current obligations under extradition: do articles 2 (right to life) and 3 (torture) overprotect individuals like Abu Hamza?
2.3.4. Terrorism and Human Rights: has the European Convention on Human Rights aided or undermined the fight against terrorism?
2.3.5. Has the European Convention on Human Rights eroded state sovereignty too much? A case study into the experience of the UK with comparison to Germany and France.
2.3.6. Has the Supreme Court been respecting human rights? A study into the case load of the Supreme Court up to 2012.
2.3.7. Human Rights and Religion: A critical analysis of article 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights in the UK
2.3.8. Is there a case for a British Bill of Rights? An examination of the proposals of the Coalition Government in relation to human rights in the UK.
2.4. Commercial Law
2.4.1. Is the correct balance between the buyer and the seller being struck in relation to e-commerce in the UK? A study into the current state of the law.
2.4.2. Is arbitration superior to litigation? A study of the sports arbitration tribunal and its’ decisions.
2.4.3. Should UK consumers have a right to reject faulty goods? An examination of the current state of the Law Commission’s proposals of 2008.
2.5 Medical Law
2.5.1. Euthanasia and the law: Do the current rules on euthanasia violate individual will?
2.5.2. An examination of the Mental Capacity Act 2005: Are the rights of mentally ill individuals being respected?
2.5.3. Do the rules on the compulsory admission of adults for treatment need reform? A study into the common law vs mental health legislation.
2.5.4. Was the decision in R (Purdy) v DPP (2009) EWCA Civ 92 the correct one? An examination into euthanasia and human rights in the UK with comparison to Switzerland.
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