Mark Hanna

    Mark Hanna


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    My research centres on the sociology of law, especially the development of human rights in globalized society. I have a long-standing interest in how global civil society influences the development of law. My PhD examined the role that social movement organisations play when international law fails to stabilize global expectations of peace, human rights, or protection of the natural environment.  My current research looks at the development ofuniversal human rights through the American civil rights movment, and also the changing nature and role of law in relation to global technology and science. 




    I joined Queen’s in August 2017. Previously I was a lecturer at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. I completed my PhD at Queen Mary, University of London in 2016 on a systems theory of the function of social movement organisations and international law. I have an LLM in Public International Law from the University of Leiden, and before returning to academia I was admitted as an attorney in New York and worked for several years for international law firms in London. I read law at Essex University and hold a PGCE from the University of Huddersfield. 


    I recently held a visiting position at the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai. 


    I teach Torts, Legal Theory and Theories of Human Rights. I welcome interest from any potential PhD students who are interested in the areas of social movements and law, anything examining the social roots of human rights, or anything on systems theory and law.

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