Mukarrum Ahmed is a PhD candidate in Law at the University of Aberdeen, School of Law. He was awarded a fully funded scholarship by the School of Law for PhD research in the Private International Law of the European Union. His research project focuses on the role of party autonomy in Brussels I, Rome I and Rome II Regulations and is supervised by Dr Jonathan Fitchen and Professor Robin Evans-Jones.Previously, Mukarrum has read law at the University of London and the Inns of Court School of Law, City University London. Subsequently, he was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 2008. His Master of Laws dissertation titled “Triple Impact and Beyond: The Recent Europeanization of International Civil litigation in English Courts: Where lies the future?” focussed on the collective impact of three landmark decisions of the ECJ regarding the Brussels Convention on the English common law of conflict of laws. Before commencing his doctoral research at the University of Aberdeen, Mukarrum was a practicing advocate of the High Court of Sindh, Karachi and lectured on the Conflict of Laws and Jurisprudence and Legal Theory to University of London external students as an adjunct faculty member of SZABIST Law School, Karachi.
Jayne Holliday obtained her LLM in Private International Law from the Faculty of Law, University of Aberdeen. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Aberdeen supervised by Professor Paul Beaumont and Professor Roderick Paisley. Her major research interests are in the field of Private International Law, especially in the development of European Community Private International Law. Her PhD thesis is focussed on Brussels IV Regulation on the law applicable to Succession.
Lucie Hassell studied for her LLB at the University of Aberdeen, graduating in 2012. She is currently continuing her studies with a LLM by Research at the University of Aberdeen, which analyses the European Commission's contribution to negotiations at The Hague Conference on Private International Law. She is being supervised by Professor Paul Beaumont and Dr Katarina Trimmings.
Onyoja read Economics and Law at the University of Leicester and was awarded the 36 Bedford Row Prize for outstanding second year performance. She received a Gray’s Inn BVC Scholarship and was called to the Bar in 2010. She achieved a first class in her LLM dissertation titled “Does the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction justly serve the welfare needs and interests of the child?” She is a barrister in chambers in London and has a common law practice, with a specialist interest in private international law and child abduction. Onyoja is a PhD candidate and Elphinstone Scholar at the University of Aberdeen. Her thesis will focus on domestic and family violence within the context of the 1980 Hague Convention. She is supervised by Dr Katarina Trimmings and Professor Paul Beaumont.
Chukwudi Paschal Ojiegbe is currently undergoing his PhD at the University of Aberdeen UK in Private International Law. His major research interest is on International Commercial Arbitration and Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters. He is an awardee of the prestigious University of Aberdeen College of Arts and Social Science (CASS) PhD scholarship. He concluded his CPD in Paralegal Practice and Management at CPC Learn UK in 2013 and was awarded a Distinction. He also concluded his LL.M (Master of Laws) in International Commercial Law at the University of Aberdeen in 2011 and was awarded a Distinction. He had his first degree at Imo State University Nigeria where he completed his LL.B (Bachelor of Laws) in 2006 with a 2nd Class Honours Upper Division. He subsequently progressed to the Nigerian Law School where he bagged a B.L (Barrister at Law) and was called to the Nigerian Bar to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2007.