Closing date: 3 June 2019

Start date: October 2019

Subject areas: Devolution and the Human Rights of Children in Wales

Supervisor: Dr Osian Rees

The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University, is offering a PhD research scholarship in the field of devolution and the human rights of children in Wales.

The scholarship is jointly funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law.

It is a condition of the Scholarship that the thesis is prepared and submitted in Welsh. There is an expectation that the Scholarship holder will undertake some Welsh-medium teaching within the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law during the second and third year of the award.

Project description: A number of high profile legal developments relating to promoting the human rights of children have been implemented in Wales since the creation of the National Assembly for Wales in 1999. Examples include incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as the basis for the work of the Assembly; the establishment of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales; the Rights of Children and Young Persons (Wales) Measure 2011; and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

The intention of this project is to analyse and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of such developments in the Welsh context from the perspective of promoting the human rights of children in Wales.

The exact topic and research questions will be determined by the candidate in conjunction with the supervisor as part of the application process, and may, for example, include empirical research, inter-disciplinary research, or international comparative research. It is essential that the research is based on a human rights of children perspective, which acknowledges and respects the right of children to be properly researched, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

For more details please see here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/law-welsh-medium-phd-devolution---php

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

To apply please, complete and submit the following documents to Dr Osian Rees (o.d.rees@swansea.ac.uk):

  • Research Proposal
  • CV

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 13 June 2019. The Scholarship will be conditional on the approval of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

For further information, please contact Dr Osian Rees (o.d.rees@swansea.ac.uk / +44 (0)1792 606098).

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a first or upper second degree in Law or other relevant discipline. Candidates who possess a postgraduate degree (distinction or merit) in a related subject area would be particularly welcome.

Candidates should also have:

  • A genuine interest in the human rights of children, and a commitment to undertaking research which acknowledges and respects the right of children to be properly researched, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • An understanding of the devolved legal context in Wales.
  • The ability to speak and write Welsh fluently, and the ability and willingness to undertake Welsh medium teaching in the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law.
  • The aptitude to undertake a sustained research project within the time period of the scholarship.
  • This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

Funding Notes

The scholarship includes the full cost of tuition fees, along with an annual maintenance grant for three years (£15,009 for 2019/20).

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

3 June 2019

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