Mark Hanna

    Mark Hanna


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    My research is on the sociology of law, and focuses especially on empirical investigation of Niklas Luhmann's sociological theory of law. This involves research experience with a broad range of areas in law and society, but my doctoral research specifically looked at 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 involves empirical examination of the relationship between mass media and social movements in the development of human rights in the American civil rights era. I am also conducting research into how the development of communications technology is changing the function and nature of law in world society. 




    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. 


    Teaching primarily Torts and Legal Theory. 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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