‘Law and the New World Order’

3 – 4 February 2020, University of Edinburgh






8.45 – 9.10   Arrival / Registration


9.10 – 10.00 1st panel: Private Law 

Chair: Alberto Brown                     Discussant:  Prof David Fox

– Shona Warwick: “Identifying the Cardinal Elements of the Common Law Lease in Scots Law: Preventing Exploitation of the Limits of Residential Tenancy Legislation”

– Jie Liu: “Rethinking Economic Rights of Copyright and Creative Reuse Under Digital Environment from the Perspective of Copyright Incentive Creativity and Market-oriented Framework”


10.00 – 11.30 2nd panel: International Dispute Resolution 

Chair: Hashim Mude          Discussant: Dr Ana Maria Daza Vargas

– Emmanuel Wali: “Understanding the concept of an investment in ICSID Arbitration”

– Cheng Chen “Balancing the Conflicting interests between Foreign Investors and the Host State”

– Yawen Zheng: “China’s role in managing its outward foreign investments: how can it ensure their compliance with the new world order?”

– Hsin-Yi Wu: “The Time Frame for the Appellate Body Review and the Legitimacy of the World Trade Organization”


11.30 – 11.50 Coffee Break


11.50 – 13.00 3rd panel: Criminology

Chair: Daniela Mardones              Discussant: Dr Fiona Jamieson

– Kabir Ahmedul: “The New Wave of Police Reform and Human Rights: Democratic Policing”

– Joseph McAulay:   “Silence and Stigma: The Construction and Consequences of Victimhood for Gay and Bisexual Male Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.”

– Olga Espinoza: “Prison, Violence and Masculinity”


13.00 – 14.00 Lunch


14.00 – 15.30 4th panel: Trade Regulation

Chair: Richard Tepper       Discussant: Prof David Cabrelli

– Sadhbh McGrath:  “Flirting with Fintech – Will Crowdlending Swipe Right on Model EU or Model UK?”

– Songyin Bo: “The Evolving Role of E-Commerce Platforms in Internet Governance”

– Deirdre Catherine Leahy: “The unfair commercial practices directive and regulation of online commercial platforms: the online penny auction format examined.”


15.30 – 15.50 Coffee Break


15.50 – 17.00 5th panel: International Law 1

Chair: Ke Song                  Discussant: Prof James Harrison

– Ramat Abudu: “Global Human Security: A cornerstone in bridging the divide between Securitisation and the Human Rights Maritime Security Frameworks.”

– Sarah Thin: “Community Interest and the New International Law: From a Private to a Public World Order?”


17.00 – 18.00 Keynote Speech by Professor Andrew Lang 

Chair in International Law and Global Governance,

Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies, University of Edinburgh.




9.00 – 10.10 6th panel: AI

Chair: Gulay Firatli                        Discussant: Prof Burkhard Schafer

– Kataryzna Ziolkowska: When good robots go bad – legal and ethical analysis of the reasons why carefully

– Boldizsár Szentgáli-Tóth: Robotic personhood and its potential impact to democracy: Should artificial intelligence be citizens and vested with a right to vote?

– Jennifer Graham:  Algorithmic bias and data targeting: is it time for better regulation of artificial intelligence


10.10 – 10.30 Coffee Break


10.30- 12.00 7th panel: Criminal Law

Chair: Katerina Sofokleous           Discussant: Dr Andrew Cornford

– Ellie Colegate: “The Counter-Terrorism Border Security Act 2019 a sword at privacy’s shield?”

– Juan Rodrigo: “Criminalizing Deepfakes: a proposed public policy response for Colombia”.

– Chrystala Fakonti: “Applying existing defences to euthanasia cases.”

– Grant Barclay: “Archaic solutions for modern problems: do common law defences offer enough protection to victims of human trafficking?”


12.00 – 13.30 8th panel: International Law 2

Chair: Gulay Firatli                        Discussant: Dr Filippo Fontanelli

– Weiran Kong: “Law beyond the State: the conceptual link between international law and “constituent power.”

– Andreas Giorgallis: “Auction houses and cultural objects: confronting old challenges, opening up new horizons?”

– Adam Rowe: “The Dilemma of Causation within International Legal Theory”

– Daniel Quiroga-Villamarin: “Material History of Transnational Law-Making through Shipping Containers”


13.30 – 14.30 Lunch


14.30 – 16.00 9th panel: Immigration and Human Rights 

Chair: Valentina Rioseco              Discussant: Dr Kasey McCall-Smith

– Marta Lasek-Markey: “Social rights or social dumping. Critical assessment of the revised EU legal framework on posted workers.”

– Hester Kroeze: “The scope of family reunification under EU Law.”

– Timothy Jacob-Owens: “Immigration and the evolving scope of minority language protection in the UK.”

– Ini-Obong Nkang: “Trafficking? In Football?!” Factors Leading to the Trafficking and Exploitation of African Minors.”


16.00 – 16.20 Coffee break


16.20 – 17.30 10th panel: Medical Law

Chair: Zahra Haji Jaffer      Discussant: Dr Emily Postan

– Lynn Kennedy: “Regulations and restrictions to medicinal cannabis in epilepsy despite EU approval.”

– Laila Barqawi: “The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Pharmaceutical Companies”

– Abbie Rose-Hampton: “Against the Securitisation of Pandemic Influenza”


17.30 – 19.00 Drinks reception


Call for Papers – ‘Law and the New World Order’


Unprecedented technological developments and the prospect of the current legal order heading towards uncertainty call for original and insightful analysis. This year’s Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference (EPLC) aims to provide such analysis and look into how the law influences and responds to these challenges.

The theme of the 2020 EPLC is ‘Law and the New World Order’. This broad theme encompasses the whole range of issues that the modern legal order faces in the context of increasing political uncertainty. We therefore welcome submissions from postgraduate students of any legal discipline. We particularly welcome abstracts which fall under the following areas of law:

International Law

Private Law


Criminal Law and Criminology

Legal Theory

EU Law

Public Law

Legal History

Human Rights Law

Astracts of no more than 750 words should be submitted to edlawpgconference@ed.ac.uk by Monday 14 October 2019 at 23:59. Abstracts should also be accompanied by a short biography of the author, including name, email address, institution, year and level of study. Notification of acceptance will be delivered by Saturday 1 November 2019 and we would ask for completed papers by Monday 16 December 19.

Accepted papers must be submitted in the Edinburgh Student Law Review’s ‘House Style’. The word count of papers must be between 6,000 – 8,000.


Papers which are selected will then be grouped into panels for presentation and discussion with conference participants, who will include postgraduate students, academics, and practitioners.

For further information please visit the EPLC Facebook, email (at the above address) or the EPLC Website.


Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2020



Law Postgraduate Research Board, University of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law (ECIGL)