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Professor Steven Wheatley


Steven Wheatley

Lancaster University

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 594700

Research overview

Steven Wheatley was appointed Professor of International Law at the University of Lancaster in 2012. Before that he was Professor of International Law at Leeds University. He has two principal areas of research interest: human rights theory and democracy. The Idea of International Human Rights Law (OUP, 2019) explains the emergence, evolution, and normative power of human rights through the lens of complexity theory – Steven is also one of the editors of Complexity Theory & Law (Routledge, 2018). His 2020 article, ‘We need to Talk about “Coercion”’, looks at the problem of foreign interference in elections. Professor Wheatley is also interested in foundational questions of international law, and recent publications have examined the doctrine of intertemporal law (Oxford Journal of Legal Studies) and the status of lying in international relations (forthcoming).

PhD supervision

Professor Wheatley is happy to hear from potential PhD students with proposals in the field of international law, with a particular interest in democracy, human rights and the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples.

Career Details

Before coming to Lancaster, I was Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds. I have also worked at the Universities of Liverpool, UWE, Bristol, and Central Lancashire.

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