The Centre offers supervision to postgraduate research students in all areas of Private International Law. For details of individual staff members’ supervision interests see staff profiles above. A postgraduate research degree in Private International Law offers a range of employment opportunities, in particular a career in academia. Indeed, many of the Centre’s former PhD students now pursue successful academic careers at excellent Universities and supervise their own PhD Students.

Hannah Duncan

Hannah joined the University of Aberdeen as a postgraduate researcher in January 2017. Her thesis focuses on the private international law of family law, particularly the conflict of laws between the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption and the Islamic law of kafalah. Ms. Duncan’s wider research interests focus primarily on non-traditional family building practices.

Prior to her doctoral studies Ms. Duncan completed her master's degree in International Political Economy at the University of Kent in Brussels, where her research critiqued existing economic models of international adoption. She has also earned two bachelor's degrees in areas of applied economics and business from Indiana University in the United States, where her research focused on the labor market effects of tuition cost increases, discrimination against hijabis in Germany, and societal predictors of adoption policy in Africa.

Ziyana Mohamed Nazeemudeen

Ziyana joined the University of Aberdeen as a PhD candidate in October 2015. Her thesis focuses on the application on the best interests principle in the specific context of cross-border surrogacy arrangements, and is titled ‘Upholding the Best Interests of the Child in International Surrogacy Arrangements’.

Prior to commencing her doctoral studies Ziyana held a (Probationary) Lecturer position at the Department of Private & Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo. She had earned her LLM and LLB degrees from the University of Colombo (2014 and 2010 respectively) and has been enrolled as an attorney- at-law of Sri Lanka since 2012.

Abubakri Olakulehin Yekini

Abu is researching recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments under the Commonwealth and Hague schemes.