Editorial Board


Maria-Anda Busuioc

I am a second-year PhD candidate and Module Assistant at the School of Law, University of Leeds. This is a continuation of my time at Leeds, having completed both my LLB (Hons) and my LLM (Intellectual Property Law) here. My PhD research focuses on exploring how European content creators’ economic interests and human rights could be effectively protected from copyright-related economic abuses taking place on social platforms. My research is funded by the AHRC through the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH). My general research interests also include data governance and trade law, the role of IP law in regulating influencers, and the intersection between trademark law and new technologies.

 It has been an honour to serve as the Managing Editor of this year’s issue. This role represents the culmination of my history with the Leeds Student Law and Criminal Justice Review (LSLCJR) which started back in 2020 when my undergraduate dissertation was one of the papers published in LSLCJR’s inaugural issue, and continued with my role as member of the 2022-23 Editorial Board.

Nur Ashikin Mokhtar

I am currently a third-year PhD candidate at the School of Law, University of Leeds. I pursued my PhD after receiving full sponsorship and study leave from the Government of Malaysia, while concurrently serving as a Government Legal Officer at the Attorney-General’s Chamber Office, Malaysia (AGC). I have been in the government service for 17 years, most of that time as a prosecutor. Before embarking on my PhD journey, I completed my LL.B from the International Islamic University Malaysia and later qualified as an Advocate and Solicitor after a nine-month Malaysian Bar training. I earned a Distinction upon completing my LL.M in Advocacy Skills at Nottingham Trent University. As my research is based on the various roles of the prosecution in the Malaysian criminal justice system, I am keen to adapt the values and benefits of the criminal justice system that I learnt in the UK to the Malaysian context for the benefit of my organisation and the Malaysian government.

Anton Hendrik Samudra

I am a second-year PhD candidate in Law and a member of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds. I am funded by BPPT-LPDP, the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education scholarship. Before embarking on my PhD journey in 2022, I was an academic at the Law Faculty of the University of Surabaya from 2015, where I became the Head of the Criminal Law Department in 2019-2022. I was also the Managing Editor of Jurnal Yustika: Media Hukum dan Keadilan Law Journal from 2018 to 2022. My research centred around cybercrime and law enforcement, and my PhD project focuses on the legal framework on electronic evidence and standard of proof in criminal justice.

Jiaqi Zhang

I am a third-year PhD candidate at the School of Law, University of Leeds. My research topic is law and emotion. The objective of my research is to provide an alternative understanding of the dichotomy of reason and emotion in the legal field. I got my bachelor of law degree from the Southwest University of Political Science and Law (China) and an LLM degree in Advanced Legal Studies from the University of Warwick. After getting my LLM degree from the University of Warwick, I went back to China and started an NGO to eliminate poverty in rural areas. I spent two years in two of the poorest villages in the Sichuan province and Inner Mongolia. Our mission was to persuade local villagers to join the integrated villagers' cooperative organisation. After that, I worked as a certified lawyer in bankruptcy and part-time at the NGO. After establishing the organisations and handing them over to the local people and governments, we fulfilled the mission and ended the NGO. Now, apart from being a PhD candidate, I am also a module assistant at the University of Leeds, teaching seminars on Law and Society and Foundations of Law.

Zahra Zaheer

I am currently a Masters by Research student at the School of Law, University of Leeds. My research focuses on underground and unregulated banking systems which exist and operate within the West Yorkshire area, in particular within the Pakistani community. Through my research, I hope to create an understanding of why these systems exist, and also to create viable regulated alternatives. Prior to starting my masters, I was a primary school teacher for 5 years. I am now in the process of applying for my Phd with the goal of extending my existing research

Jack Oortwyn

I joined the Leeds Student Law and Criminal Justice Review Editorial Board for this first time this year. It has been an amazing experience, and a privilege to have a role in sharing some of the highest quality pieces of research from undergraduate and postgraduate students here at the School of Law. I am in my first year of my PhD research, which is focused on understanding the role of stakeholders within the responsible corporation. From this research, I hope to develop a deeper understanding on how corporate law impacts corporate behaviour and to develop the scope for strengthening stakeholder voice through law. I am looking forward to developing my role in the community here at the law school through engaging with the students further and taking up teaching opportunities in my next year of studies.