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.
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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 profitsA 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 UKA 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-regulationAn 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 LawA 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 facade – is legislation needed to properly hold companies to account?
2.1.10The 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?
2.1.11Corporate 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?
2.1.14The 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 negligenceA 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) adequatelyA 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 UKA 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 muchA case study into the experience of the UK with comparison to Germany and France.
2.3.6. Has the Supreme Court been respecting human rightsA 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 RightsAn 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 UKA study into the current state of the law.
2.4.2. Is arbitration superior to litigationA study of the sports arbitration tribunal and its’ decisions.
2.4.3. Should UK consumers have a right to reject faulty goodsAn 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 reformA 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 oneAn examination into euthanasia and human rights in the UK with comparison to Switzerland.
3.0 Additional Links
How to write a Law Dissertation
How to Structure a Law Dissertation