Research title: Tracking the synergy between criminal law theory and UK drug laws from the 19th to the 21st centuries
Nicholas began his PhD in Law at the University of Glasgow in October 2021. He previously graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an LLB (Hons) (First) in 2016 and was awarded an LLM by Research (Distinction, no corrections) from the University of Glasgow in 2021. He worked at the Scottish Law Commission for a year on the Homicide and Damages for Personal Injury projects prior to commencing his PhD.
My principal interest is criminal law, including its theory, history, and relationship with public health. Most of my research to date has concerned the criminal law's approach to recreational drugs, and I am a member of the Drugs Research Network Scotland. I have also been involved in projects examining sentencing in sexual offences cases; homicide patterns in Scotland; media representations of women who kill; fatal accident inquiries; international criminal jurisdiction; criminal responsibility; and the Scots law of fraud.
My current PhD research examines the development of UK recreational drug laws from the 19th century to the present day, and the degree to which drug laws have aligned with contemporary understandings of legitimate criminalisation.
University of Glasgow CoSS PhD Scholarship, 2021-2024
Graduate Teaching Assistant for:
- LAW1003 Criminal Law and Evidence (LLB, Level 1)
- LAW1020 Introduction to Legal Study (LLB, Level 1)
- LAW2052 Foundations of Evidence (Common Law LLB, Level 2)
Link to staff profile: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/law/staff/nicholasburgess/