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It fills me with pride to be able to place my own research onto my student’s reading lists and know that I am enriching their learning experience with research-informed teaching.
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Research Interests

Dr Roberts’ PhD focussed on the applicable law in cross-border cases of non-contractual obligations, which relates to the area of conflict of laws, otherwise known as private international law, and this continues to be her main area of research interest. This has led more recently to looking at the recovery of criminally acquired assets from abroad through civil actions brought in restitution.

Working in collaboration with a colleague from the Institute of Policing, her current work looks at local authority counter-fraud strategies. As Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Dr Roberts is also a keen researcher in matters relating to Higher Education and legal education.

Latest / Proudest Achievement

I was awarded the prestigious Drapers and Thomas Howells scholarship to pursue my PhD studies. I remember feeling much trepidation when I realised the credentials of those against whom I competed for this award – I was told by the panel that I was chosen because of how diligently I had prepared for the process, demonstrating not only the need for my proposed study to be undertaken but that I was the best person to undertake it.

As a Drapers scholar, I was exposed to some tremendous opportunities throughout my doctoral studies, which provided a springboard on which to develop my career as a legal scholar. I firmly believe that this opportunity has had a direct impact on all that I have achieved since, as my PhD’s dissemination now means that I am invited to speak about my PhD’s findings nationally and internationally.

It fills me with pride to be able to place my own research onto my student’s reading lists and know that I am enriching their learning experience with research-informed teaching. I am passionate about teaching and seek to impart both my knowledge and experience upon my students, encouraging them to believe that any accomplishment is possible with hard work and dedication. I was nominated for a National Teaching Fellowship in 2019, which is certainly high on my list of proudest achievements.

Further information

Recent publication:

Roberts. E., and Okoli, C.S.A. (2019) The operation of Article 4 of Rome II Regulation in English and Irish courts, Journal of Private International Law, 15:3, 605-625, DOI: 10.1080/17441048.2019.1684917

Recent research funding:

QR funding secured December 2019: ‘Countering Fraud and Corruption Locally: Examining the effective implementation of national anti-fraud strategies in local government’

Dr Roberts will soon be launching a Research Forum on Globalisation and International Law. Housed within the Law School, the Forum’s multi-disciplinary objectives brings researchers together from across the Faculty of Social Sciences with a view to collaborate and showcase the Faculty’s research accomplishments in matters of global concern.

Contact

Dr Emma Roberts

Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Programme Leader in Law

Chester School of Law

Faculty of Social Sciences

Email  Emma.roberts@chester.ac.uk

Website: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/de

Twitter: @DrEmRobs

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