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Critical Corporation research seminar series

Dr Grietje Baars and Professor Andre Spicer (Cass Business School) were awarded an ESRC Seminar Series Grant for their Critical Corporation project. The project aims to create a 'supra-disciplinary' critique of the Corporation. A series of thematic workshops will bring together academics and practitioners from law, the social sciences, business, government and NGOs.

International Investment Law and Risk in the Indian Nuclear Energy Sector

Dr David Collins is working on a project with Professor Philip Thomas of City's School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences to quantify health and environmental risks in India's nuclear energy sector. David's role in the project, which is in collaboration with the University of Manchester, Warwick University and the Open University, is to assess the implications of safety-based regulations imposed on nuclear plants as indirect expropriations, potentially violating bilateral investment treaties. This project is sponsored by a grant of £608,000 from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. David has presented some of his work in this field to the Hazard's Forum of the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Performance Requirements and International Economic Law

Dr David Collins is currently exploring the legality of performance requirements in relation to international trade and investment as they are implemented by emerging markets by reference to the WTO's Trade Related Investment Measures (TRIMs) Agreement and bilateral investment treaties. This project follows from his work on emerging markets which was outlined in his monograph: The BRIC States and Outward Foreign Direct Investment (OUP, 2013), which was written during David's period as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, sponsored by a grant from the UK Society of Legal Scholars. David recently examined some of the performance requirements common to service-sector focused economies when he was a Visiting Scholar at the National University of Singapore.

Preferential Trade Agreements and Developing Countries under the law of the World Trade Organization

Dr David Collins is working on a project to evaluate the compliance of various preferential trade agreements adopted in favour of developing countries with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) of the WTO. This research is in conjunction with the All Parliamentary Group on Trade Out of Poverty, an independent charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of trade as a means of economic development.

The Legal Significance of Cohabitation in the International Practice of Family Rights

Dr Carmen Draghici is currently working on a project focused on the rights of cohabitees in international and European jurisprudence. As part of this project, in the Fall semester 2012/2013 she was welcomed as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University (Boston, USA). The research carried out at Tufts also explored the approach of international human rights monitoring bodies to claims brought by same-sex couples and transgender persons with regard to, among others, their right to marry, to found a family through adoption or assisted reproduction, and to exercise parental rights without discrimination.

Indigenous Peoples and the Dynamics of International Law

Dr Mauro Barelli's project, funded by the City Pump Priming Fund, aims to analyse the way in which the human rights of indigenous peoples have been accommodated in international law. As part of the project, Dr Barelli will spend the 2013 autumn term as a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (Cambridge University).

Minority Groups and Litigation

Dr Mauro Barelli collaborated with a team of scholars led by Dr Pentassuglia (University of Liverpool) and the international NGO Minority Rights Group International on a project focused on international and regional human rights jurisprudence relevant for the protection of ethno-cultural minority groups, including indigenous peoples. This project led to the publication of the guide 'Minority groups and litigation: A review of developments in international and regional jurisprudence'.

Impunity and the rule of law: The initiative for an international framework to protect journalists from violence and counter impunity

This policy-oriented research project of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism and the Centre for Freedom of the Media (University of Sheffield) was supported by a successful bid securing funding from the Open Society Foundations in the fall of 2010. As part of this project, Dr Carmen Draghici co-authored a paper with Professor Lorna Woods on the loopholes in the protection of journalists in international human rights and humanitarian law. The paper was later quoted in UNESCO's Concept Note on UN Interagency Meeting on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, and recommended by UNESCO on their Research and Good Practices page. Dr Draghici subsequently represented the City Law School at the first and second UN Interagency Meetings on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity (Paris, September 2011 and Vienna, November 2012).