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Professor Christopher May

Professor

Christopher May

Lancaster University

County South

LA1 4YL

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 594272

Office Hours:

Tuesdays - 16.00 & Wednedays - 10.00 - during both terms

Research overview

While still interested in the law and the normative role of legislation and its justification, my ongoing research will now look at the discourse of the Rule of Law and its function as the 'common-sense' of global politics. This builds on sectoral work on capacity building and technical assistance that I conducted in relation to IPRs. However, this new research seeks to understand the inculcation of the norm in policy actors, as well as identifying the mechanisms and processes of normative reproduction. Alongside this work, I will also be looking to establish a genealogical perspective on the norm of the Rule of Law itself, stretching back to its (relatively) formal origin in the twelfth century (and possibly beyond).

PhD supervision

International Political Economy; Rule of Law

Profile

Future and on-going research

After fifteen years of researching into intellectual property rights I have decided to refocus my research. While still interested in the law and the normative role of legislation and its justification, my ongoing research will now look at the discourse of the Rule of Law and its function as the 'common-sense' of global politics. This builds on sectoral work on capacity building and technical assistance that I conducted in relation to IPRs. However, this new research seeks to understand the inculcation of the norm in policy actors, as well as identifying the mechanisms and processes of normative reproduction. My monogrpah on the rule of law was published in 2014. I am currently editing a research handbook on the rule of law for Edward Elgar that should be published during 2017.

I also have an ongoing interest in the political economy of global corporations; my most recent outputs on this theme are Global Corporations in Global Governance (Routledge Global Institutions series) and an article in Palgrave Communications (see publicatons list).

Research Interests

I have published widely on intellectual property rights and the information society, with work translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Swedish and Ukrainian. Before becoming an academic I worked in the music industry, as a bookseller and for the political pressure group Charter 88. I worked with the National Consumer Council to expand their coverage of intellectual property issues, and authored the first independent book length study of the World Intellectual Property Organisation. I was also co-editor of the International Political Economy Yearbook series for Lynne Rienner Publishers (with Nicola Phillips), and chaired the panel of judges for the IPEG Book Prize for its first three years. 

Current Teaching

I am the co-convenor of the first year course on Politics and International Relations (Poli100), teach Economics for the Real World (a second year course) PPR228, and also offer a distance learning module at Masters level on Global Corporations.

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