Editorial Board

Managing Editor:  

Maariyah Islam | School of Law | University of Leeds 

Maariyah attained an LLB (hons) from the University of Leeds in 2016. Thereafter, in 2017, she completed a Masters by Research in Banking and Financial Law. In addition to this, she worked within several legal practice firms around England and has published articles within various legal journals. She started her doctoral studies in Banking and Financial Law in October 2018. Maariyah is a recipient of the ‘University of Leeds School of Law PhD Scholarship’ and the ‘William Harrison Graduate Research Scholarship’. Her research project examines money laundering risks within UK luxury goods sectors through both doctrinal and empirical research methods. In addition to her PhD her wider interests extend to aviation. Maariyah also enjoys researching legal issues within aviation and holds a Private Pilots License.

Assistant Managing Editors: 

Kisby Dickinson | School of Law | University of Leeds 

Kisby is a Teaching Fellow and a Doctoral Researcher in the School and Law, University of Leeds.  Kisby completed her LLB Law at the University of Leeds, and went on to complete an LLM in International and European Human Rights Law, and an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice (University of Leeds). Both her PhD and MA were funded by the ESRC. Kisby’s research focuses on the relationship between crime, communication technology and regulation and takes a historical perspective.  Throughout her PhD she was a Module Assistant in the School of Law, and recently took up a full-time position as a Teaching Fellow. Beyond her immediate research area, Kisby is interested in children’s rights, the law surrounding coercion and control, and cyberlaw. She has previously taught both criminology and law modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Modules include; Criminal Law, Tort, Cyberlaw, Crime, Law and Social Change, Researching Crime, Security and Justice, Policing, and Criminal Justice Processes.

Clare James | School of Law | University of Leeds 

Prior to completing a law degree, Clare worked as a veterinary surgeon in the UK and USA, specialising in the area of pathology. During this time, Clare worked in universities, for the UK Government and for a large commercial diagnostic company.  In 2016, she returned to university, obtaining an LLB (hons) and LLM (international law) from the University of Leeds. Clare graduated from the School of Law at the University in Leeds with an LLB.  She then went on to undertake an LLM in International law. Clare is now studying for a PhD in the area of the right to food. She holds a Research and Teaching Scholarship in the law school and have taught on a variety of undergraduate modules both within the law school and on modules for students outside of the law school. Clare’s research focuses on the nature of the obligations the right to food creates for states and how the right to food could be implemented in the UK. She also has more general interests in animal welfare law and international law.   


Ananya Banerjee | School of Law | University of Leeds 

Ananya is a Doctoral Researcher at the School of Law, University of Leeds and recently selected as a graduate teaching assistant at the Centre for Business Law and Practice at the University. She completed a 5-year law degree (B.A.LLB.) in India. She then went to pursue an LL.M. at Durham University, UK before being called to the bar and has been a practising advocate in High Courts. She has also worked as a Research Associate at IIM (Indian Institute of Management) where she worked on various government funded projects including ministry of law and justice project for the judiciary.  

Ananya interested in tax law, the digital economy, political economy, constitutional law and the law of torts. Her PhD research examines the VAT/GST treatment of the digital economy in developing countries.   

Atif Bostan | School of Law | University of Leeds 

Atif is a graduate of the Universities of Bradford (LLB Law, First Class), and Leeds (LLM International Corporate Law, Distinction). Atif’s doctoral research examines the accountability of directors in large private companies. It looks at defining accountability for directors of large private companies and ascertaining to whom directors should be held accountable to and how that accountability should be undertaken. He balances his  research with his fulltime role as a civil servant. 

Amy Gainford | School of Law | University of Leeds 

Amy Gainford is a PhD candidate at the School of Law, University of Leeds. With a background in Criminology and Psychology (BSc awarded from Teesside University) and an MA in Criminal Justice and Criminology at University of Leeds, Amy’s work centres around online deviance and subcultures, as well as media and crime more generally.

Amy’s PhD research focuses on the socio-legal construction of online vigilantism, examining typologies, attitudes, and the relationship with the police and criminal justice system. Her research interests include online activism, social media, and cyberviolence.

Natasha Gooden | School of Law | University of Leeds 

Natasha completed both her LLB and LLM in International and European at the University of Sheffield. During her undergraduate degree she also spend a year studying abroad at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Natasha’s primary research interests are in areas of public international law which include the use of force regime, International Humanitarian Law and also International Human Rights Law. She is interested in how the different legal regimes interact with each other and also the wider political and social ramifications the regimes have on the international community. 

Her PhD research focuses on the adequacy of the current regulatory framework that governs and enforces international law in cyberspace during cyber conflicts. It also seeks to address the increasing nature of cyber capabilities being used as military tools and assess the international community’s responses to such threats. In particular, her research seeks to assess the implications of human rights obligations under International Human Rights regime as well as ‘emerging online human rights issues’ during cyber conflicts. 

Ibukunoluwa Iyiola-Omisore | School of Law | University of Leeds 

Ibukun is a Doctoral Researcher at the School of Law, University of Leeds and graduate teaching assistant at the Centre for Business Law and Practice at the University. She completed a law degree (LLB) in Nigeria and was called to the Nigerian bar before obtaining her LL.M. in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick. She is interested in the role of corporate governance and environmental sustainability in developing economies. Her PhD research examines the linkages between multinational corporations, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate law liability for environmental damage in emerging markets. 

Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, she worked as a corporate attorney at top-tier law firms in Nigeria. She gained corporate experience as a legal advisor to multinational oil companies in the energy and extractive industries, on environmental issues in Nigeria. 

Peter Ochieng | School of Law | University of Leeds 

Peter Ochieng is a commonwealth PHD scholar at University of Leeds. For Peter Ochieng, earning a PhD in law is an opportunity to enhance his knowledge, skills and network to contribute to the development of laws and policies that challenge practices that perpetuate exclusion of Persons with Disabilities through restriction of their legal capacity. Peter joined the University of Leeds with a wealth of experience in disability rights advocacy gained since 2010 when he started his work with disabled persons organizations in Uganda as a disability rights advocate. Peter worked as a Disability Inclusion Facilitator at Light for the World, a global disability and development organization where he contributed to the innovation of the make 12.4% work initiative currently leading the promotion of inclusive disability employment in Uganda. He also worked at Uganda National Association of Cerebral Palsy as the Information officer and project officer in charge of inclusive education.

Peter holds a master’s degree in International and European Human Rights Law from the University of Leeds, A diploma in Development Leadership from Coady international Institutes Nova Scotia Canada and a bachelor’s degree in Microfinance from Kyambogo University Kampala Uganda. His area of research interests includes the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, disability law and policy and the inclusion of persons with disabilities in education, employment, community, health. 

Tu A. Tran | School of Law | University of Leeds 

Tu A. Tran attained a BSc in Public Finance at National Economics University (Vietnam) and MSc in Finance with distinction at The University of Portsmouth (UK). He is a lecturer in taxation at Department of Public Finance, School of Banking and Finance, National Economics University (Vietnam). He is also a PhD student in tax law and tax policy at School of Law, University of Leeds and his current research focuses on Value-Added Tax and Corporate Income Tax law designing and drafting in developing countries, applying behavioural insights to enhance tax compliance, tax history of feudal systems, semi-structured interviews, and comparative tax law approach.