Any issue tackled in a law dissertation should be framed carefully. Facts have to be examined meticulously before any dissertation question can be framed. It is of utmost importance in a law dissertation to locate sources for relevant cases, statutes and regulations in order to carefully scrutinize the issue. A law dissertation is challenging, as it is important to select appropriate legal authorities and appropriate legal terms, whether in print or online. There are rules to follow in creating and deciphering legal citations. All this makes it difficult to know where to begin. To give you an idea for a brilliantly accomplished law dissertation, this article suggests some topics for you, based in the areas of criminal law, commercial law, company law, tort law, employment law, EU law, intellectual property, constitutional law, administrative law and family law.
Criminal law covers a wide range of areas and is an interesting and often topical area. It can be difficult to grasp some of the principles and subject areas and topics should be chosen very carefully. To help you to narrow down your area of research into criminal law, here are some suggestions on topics for your law dissertation.
Commercial law is a wide area and cannot really be dealt with in isolation. More often than not it will necessarily involve some kind of comparison with other countries. That said, there is a lot of focus on the UK as the commercial centre of choice, especially in relation to arbitration. This can provide an interesting focus for any law dissertation proposal. Some suggestions for commercial law topics are made below.
There are numerous areas of interest in company law and topics can include, the effectiveness of the Companies Act, the benefits of incorporation, limited liability, lifting the veil of incorporation, the raising of capital and the payment of dividends to shareholders. In addition, topics like acquisitions, mergers and takeovers and aspects of insolvency such as administration, winding up and the emergence of rescue culture, are also topics for consideration. Potentially a very wide area, it is also useful to consider international aspects. If you are interested in company law as a subject for your law dissertation, some topics are listed below as a guide:
The concept of Tort law effectively defines what is considered a legal injury, and establishes the circumstances whereby an individual may be held liable for another’s injury resulting from either intentional acts or accidents. It is potentially a wide area and includes areas such as professional negligence, misrepresentation and trespass both to land and the person. It is a complex area to study, so here are some suggestions to help you with your law dissertation on Tort Law.
Employment law seems unduly concerned with the area of unfair dismissal and would include topics such as unfair dismissal at common law, the Employment Rights Act 1996, the exclusions from unfair dismissal, termination of a contract at common law, the acquiring of employment rights including analysing calculation of continuous employment and interruptions in work, and employment tribunals. There are, however, some other very interesting areas which can be considered such as discrimination, TUPE and the Contract of Employment. An important subject for many employees within the UK, this would make for a well-read law dissertation. Suggested topics hereby follow:
EU Law is an ever-expanding area and one that is quite interesting. There is growing interest on the effect EU law has on the UK constitution and therefore some overlap with constitutional and administration Law. EU law affects every area of UK life now and therefore it is a subject with a wide interest. A good area to base your law dissertation on – examples of specified research areas are below:
Intellectual property covers trademark, patents and copyright, together with other ancillary rights. Trademark dissertations can included the absolute grounds for refusal of registration under section 3 of the Trade Marks Act, the Trade Marks directive, relative grounds for refusal of registering under section 5 of the Trade Marks Act, infringement of trademarks such as the use of similar or identical marks, invalidity, revocation, incensing and assignments of trademarks. Copyright includes the authorship, ownership and duration of copyright, copyright in film and sound recordings, literary, dramatic musical or artistic works, computers and copyright infringement, the need for originality, copyright and databases, works of architecture, adaptations, parallel imports, EC competition and copyright law, and primary and secondary infringement of copyrighted works. As you can see there are many topics that you could cover in your law dissertation, and here are suggestions of some of them.
This topic can be divided into three areas essentially. The nature of the constitution which covers areas such as conventions and the rule of law, and secondly the area of executive and parliament, may be considered, which could include areas such the passage of legislation through Parliament, delegation of legislation, deregulation and issues such as the relationship between parliament, the crown and the prerogative, and the relationship between the executive, legislative and judicial functions of the state. Judicial Review is another area of interest and can include the basis for intervention by judicial review, such as ultra vires and illegality, procedural irregularity, irrationality, proportionality, and the nemo judex rule. If this area interests you when it comes to writing your law dissertation, you could research one of the following areas:
Family and the Law of Child covers a wide range of topics regarding the family and marriage including moves to harmonise the legal position of married and unmarried couples, the influence of the Human Rights Act, nullity, void and voidable marriages, the effects of a decree, statutory rights relating to marriage, the registration of marriages, and the case for reform of UK family law. Other topics of interest are the Child Support Act, financial orders for children, the enforcement of financial obligation to a child or children, the award of maintenance and the enforcement of the arrears of maintenance payments and enforcement of financial obligations in the Magistrates court. An area of law that is becoming more prominent in modern society, specific topics for your law dissertation could be one of the following:
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