Andrew Tickell is a DPhil candidate. Before joining the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in 2009, he graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2008 with a 1st Class Honours degree in Law, awarded with the Lord President Cooper Memorial Prize. A year of his undergraduate study was spent in the Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. In December 2009 he completed an MSc in Equality and Human Rights (awarded with distinction) at the University of Glasgow’s School of Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences with a thesis exploring ‘Gender and the Scottish Bar: Masculinity, Femininity & Representation in the Faculty of Advocates.’ He holds an Arts and Humanities Research Council Award.
His DPhil research project is entitled “Paper voyages to Delphi: bureaucratic justice and the European Court of Human Rights”. Drawing on existing research on the impact of law on domestic administrative agencies in the field of social rights, the research focuses on how the justificatory and practical tensions inhering in the European human rights Court’s legal bureaucratic machinery are expressed across its decision-making processes. With particular reference to the personnel working in the Court’s Registry, this tension between accounts of justice and bureaucracy will be explored using qualitative research methods. Moreover, these tensions are located in the context of the institution’s graduated and unfolding recognition of human rights claims, from the stage of elementary bureaucratic admissibility, formal legal admissibility, to the 5% of these initial applications which attain a final judgment of the Court.
Andrew has also worked with and advised the National Theatre of Scotland on the Disability Equality Duty, associated disability policy and how these impact on the Company’s core activities.
Research interests include:
- The sociology of international legal bureaucracies
- The legalisation and bureauratisation of conflict
- The sociology of equalities, including gender, race, disability
- The philosophy and sociology of human rights
- Legal professions & legal professional cultures
- Gender and legal professionals
Dr Bettina Lange