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Tammy Hervey is one of the co-authors of the book: Cryer, Hervey and Sokhi-Bulley's Research Methodologies in EU and International Law. The PhD masterclass will be based on the exercises on p 114 - 117 of this book but it will be appropriate for all law PhD students, whatever their topic.

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Date 18 February 2020
Time 13:00 -15:00

Legal scholars often use metaphors in their analyses. These metaphors are useful for communicating to a wide range of audiences, especially non-experts. But they can also yield important insights into our methodological approaches - perhaps raising our awareness of the unspoken assumptions from which we develop our research projects. There is nothing inherently wrong with these assumptions and indeed they are necessary to scholarship, but the quality of our scholarship will be improved significantly if we are explicit about them. Metaphors operate through text - but can also be represented in pictures.

In preparation for this masterclass, please find an image that represents your PhD project. Bring it to the masterclass, either on an electronic device or printed out. Be ready to explain why this picture suits your idea of what your PhD is.


Please note that participation in this Masterclass is limited to a maximum of 25 PhD candidates, on a first come basis. If you would like to participate please register by sending a message to before 14 February