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Professor Christopher May

Professor Christopher May

Professor

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 594272
Office hours: During this term you can see me by appointment only

Affiliations

Politics, Philosophy and Religion

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 Interests

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. 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).

I have already started to publish and disseminate some early work on this subject, in parallel to finishing my publishing programme focussed on IPRs (culminating in the publication of a completely revised edition of my first monograph on IPRs). I am currently working on a book called The Rule of Law: The Common Sense of Global Poliitcs, which will be published in 2014.

Research Interests

I am currently the Faculty Associate Dean: Enterprise. 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

Due to my position as Faculty Associate Dean: Enterprose I will not be teaching undergraduate or post-graduate course until 2013/2014.

Office Hours

During this term you can see me by appointment only

2014

The rule of law: the common sense of global politics

May, C. 1/05/2014 Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 270 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The rule of law as the grundnorm of the new constitutionalism

May, C. 15/01/2014 New constitutionalism and world order. Gill, S. & Cutler, A. C. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 63-75 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2013

Still waiting for the new electronic order

May, C. 11/08/2013 In: E-International Relations.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

2012

The Rule of Law: Athenian Antecedents to Contemporary Debates

May, C. 1/10/2012 In: Hague Journal of the Rule of Law. 4, 2, p. 235-251 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

The rule of law: what is it and why is it 'constantly on people’s lips'?

May, C. 1/09/2011 In: Political Studies Review. 9, 3, p. 357-365 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Bounded Openness: The Future Political Economy of Knowledge Management

May, C. 1/08/2011 In: European Intellectual Property Review. 33, 8, p. 477-480

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

2010

The Corruption of the Public Interest: Intellectual Property and the Corporation as a Rights Holding "citizen".

May, C. 1/06/2010 The Challenges of Global Business Authority: Democratic Renewal, Stalemate or Decay?. Porter, T. & Ronit, K. (eds.). Albany: State Universirty of New York Press, p. 179-201 23 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Direct and indirect influence at the World Intellectual Property Organization

May, C. 1/06/2010 Business and Global Governance. Ougaard, M. & Leander, A. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 39-56 18 p. (Routledge/Warwick Studies in Globalisation)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Rights

May, C. (ed.) 2010 Edward Elgar. 1880 p. (Elgar Research Collection)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsAnthology

Openness in academic publication: the question of trust, authority and reliability

May, C. 1/03/2010 In: Prometheus. 28, 1, p. 91-94 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

John Ruskin's Political Economy: there is no wealth but life

May, C. 1/05/2010 In: British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 12, 2, p. 189-294 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The global political economy of intellectual property rights: the new enclosures

May, C. 2010 2nd ed. ed. London: Routledge. 180 p. (Routledge/RIPE Studies in Global Political Economy )

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2009

Afterword

May, C. 1/06/2009 Implementing the World Intellectual Property Organisation's Development Agenda. de Beer, J. (ed.). Ottawa: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, p. 170-175 6 p. (IDRC - Studies in International Governance)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

On the Border: biotechnology, the scope of intellectual property and the dissemination of scientific benefits

May, C. 1/06/2009 The Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Biotechnology Innovation. Castle, D. (ed.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p. 252-273 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Globalizing the logic of Openness: Open Source Software and the Global Governance of Intellectual Property

May, C. 1/06/2009 Routledge Handbook of Internet Politics. Chadwick, A. & Howard, P. N. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 364-375 12 p. (Routledge Handbooks)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

The pre-history and establishment of the WIPO

May, C. 1/12/2009 In: The WIPO Journal. 1, 1, p. 16-26 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Intellectual Property Rights, Capacity Building and "Informational Development" in Developing Countries

May, C. 1/06/2008 Governing Global Electronic Networks: International Perspectives on Policy and Power. Drake, W. J. & Wilson III, E. J. (eds.). Cambridge (Mass.): MIT Press, p. 401-426 15 p. (Information Revolution and Global Politics)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

The World Intellectual Property Organisation and the Development Agenda

May, C. 1/01/2008 In: Global Society. 22, 1, p. 97-113 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Opening other windows: a political economy of "openness" in a global information society

May, C. 1/01/2008 In: Review of International Studies. 34, Special Issue, p. 69-92 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Rule of Law Beyond the State: Mapping the Origins of an Idea

May, C. 1/07/2008 In: Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations . 1, 2, p. 217-239 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Moments in law: contestation and settlement in the history of intellectual property.

Sell, S. & May, C. 2008 International Law. Simmons, B. (ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2007

Information wants to be owned: Soziale Auseinandersetzungen um Inwertsetzung und freie Wissensnutzung

May, C. 1/06/2007 Wissen in Bewegung: Vielfalt und Hegemonie in der Wissensgesellschaft. Ammon, S., Heineke, C. & Selbmann, K. (eds.). Gottingen: Velbruck Wissenschaft, p. 161-180 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Challenging Global Norms: The State, Social Costs and Legal Action

May, C. 1/06/2007 HIV/AIDS and the Threat to National and International Security. Ostergard, R. L. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, p. 171-193 23 p. (Global Issues)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

The World Intellectual Property Organisation and the Development Agenda: (Global Insights)

May, C. 30/05/2007 In: global governance. 13, 2, p. 161-170 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

No room for squares: A political economy of Blue Note records

May, C. 1/05/2007 In: Jazz Research Journal. 1, 1, p. 25-44 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A multi-Tiered Music Industry?: Intellectual property rights, open access and the audience for music

May, C. 1/10/2007 In: Journal of the Art of Record Production . 2

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Rule of Law and International Political Economy: Starting a conversation

May, C. 1/12/2007 In: Zeitschrift fur Rechtssoziologie. 28, 2, p. 179-189 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Digital Rights Management: The Problem of Expanding Ownership Rights

May, C. 2007 Chandos. 162 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The hypocracy of forgetfulness: the contemporary significance of early innovations in intellectual property.

May, C. 1/02/2007 In: Review of International Political Economy. 14, 1, p. 1-25 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The World Intellectual Property Oranization: Resurgence and the Development Agenda.

May, C. 2007 Routledge. 134 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2006

Global corporate power

May, C. (ed.) 2006 Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers. 338 p. (International Political Economy Yearbook; vol. 15)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsAnthology

Escaping the trips trap: The political economy of free and open source software in Africa.

May, C. 1/03/2006 In: Political Studies. 54, 1, p. 123-146 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Intellectual Property Rights: A Critical History.

May, C. & Sell, S. 2006 Lynne Rienner Publishers. 253 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Learning to love patents: capacity building, intellectual property and the (re)production of governance norms in the 'developing world'

May, C. 2006 Regulating development: evidence from Africa and Latin America. Amann, E. (ed.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p. 65-98 34 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The world intellectual property organization (global monitor).

May, C. 09/2006 In: New Political Economy. 11, 3, p. 435-445 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Patents, universities and the provision of social goods in the information society.

May, C. 06/2006 In: Ethical Perspectives. 13, 2, p. 289-304 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The FLOSS alternative: TRIPs non-proprietary software and development.

May, C. 12/2006 In: Knowledge, Technology and Policy. 18, 4, p. 142-163 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The denial of history: reification, intellectual property rights and the lessons of the past.

May, C. 2006 In: Capital & Class. 88, p. 33-56 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Why IPRs are a global political issue.

May, C. 2005 Intellectual property rights: critical concepts in law. Vaver, D. (ed.). London: Routledge

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

AIDS, pharmaceutical patents and the African state: reorienting the global governance of intellectual property

May, C. 04/2005 The African state and the AIDS crisis. Patterson, A. (ed.). Aldershot: Ashgate, p. 195-217 23 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The inevitability of information capitalism?: between property and 'openness'.

May, C. 05/2005 Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on communication and reality: digital utopia in the media: from discourse to facts. A balance. The School of Communication, University of Ramon Llull. Masip, P. & Rom, J. (eds.). Barcelona: Publicacions Blanquerna, p. 23-40 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Property, the right to: intellectual rights as human rights.

May, C. 2005 The essentials of human rights. Smith, R. K. M. & van den Anker, C. (eds.). London: Hodder Arnold, p. 293-295 3 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Intellectual property rights.

May, C. 2005 The politics of international trade in the twenty-first century: actors, issues and regional dynamics. Kelly, D. & Grant, W. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 164-182 19 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Digital rights management and the global governance of intellectual property.

May, C. 2005 Digital rights management: concepts and applications. Kambhammettu, S. S. (ed.). Hyderabad, India: Le Magnus University Press, p. 33-43 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Concentrated industry, fragmented consumption: the global music industry in the new millennium.

May, C. 2005 Resounding international relations: on music, culture and politics. Franklin, M. I. (ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 29-51 23 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Between commodification and "openness": the information society and the ownership of knowledge.

May, C. 2005 In: Journal of Information, Law and Technology. 2005, 2-3

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The academy's new electronic order? Open source journals and publishing political science.

May, C. 03/2005 In: European Political Science. 4, 1, p. 14-24 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Capacity building and the (re)production of intellectual property rights

May, C. 1/06/2004 In: Third World Quarterly. 25, 5, p. 821-837 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Justifying enclosure? intellectual property and meta-technologies.

May, C. 2004 Biotechnology and communications: the meta-technologies of information. Braman, S. (ed.). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

(Re)producing intellectual property norms: capacity building programmes in developing countries

May, C. 2004 Global regulation: managing crises after the imperial turn. van de Pijl, K., Assasi, L. & Wigan, D. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Cosmopolitan legalism meets thin community: problems in the global governance of intellectual property.

May, C. 2004 In: Government and Opposition. 39, 3, p. 393-422 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Commodifying the ‘information age’: intellectual property rights, the state and the internet.

May, C. 09/2004 In: Script-ed. 1, 3, p. 408-419 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2003

Key thinkers for the information society

May, C. (ed.) 2003 Routledge. 208 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsAnthology

The information society as mega-machine: the continuing relevance of Lewis Mumford.

May, C. 2003 Key thinkers for the information age. May, C. (ed.). London: Routledge

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Why IPRs are a global political issue.

May, C. 01/2003 In: European Intellectual Property Review. 25, 1, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Interaction between States and Citizens in the Age of the Internet: “e-Government” in the United States, Britain, and the European Union.

Chadwick, A. & May, C. 04/2003 In: Governance. 16, 2, p. 271-300 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Digital rights management and the breakdown of social norms.

May, C. 11/2003 In: First Monday. 8, 11

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Agandet av dolda kunskaper och fardigheter [Owning tacit knowledge].

May, C. 2003 In: Fronesis. 14-15, p. 179-188 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

Authority and markets: Susan Strange's writings on international political economy

May, C. & Tooze, R. 2002 Palgrave Macmillan. 294 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsAnthology

The Information Society: a sceptical view

May, C. 2002 Polity Press. 205 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Trouble in e-topia: knowledge as intellectual property.

May, C. 05/2002 In: Urban Studies. 39, 5-6, p. 1037-1049 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Unacceptable costs: the consequences of making knowledge property in a global society.

May, C. 04/2002 In: Global Society. 16, 2, p. 123-144 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Venetian moment: new technologies, legal innovation and the institutional origins of intellectual property.

May, C. 06/2002 In: Prometheus. 20, 2, p. 159-179 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The political economy of proximity: intellectual property and the global division of labour.

May, C. 11/2002 In: New Political Economy. 7, 3, p. 317-342 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Antecedents to intellectual property: the European pre-history of the ownership of knowledge.

May, C. 2002 In: History of Technology. 24, 1, p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

The global information economy and competitive advantage.

May, C. 2001 Globalization: experiences and prospects. Bunz, H. & Kuklinski, A. (eds.). Warsaw: Friedrich Ebert Foundation / Oficyna Wydawnicza "Rewasz"

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Moments in law: contestation and settlement in the history of intellectual property.

Sell, S. & May, C. 2001 In: Review of International Political Economy. 8, 3, p. 467-500 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

Foundations of weightlesness: the knowledge economy, the state and economic development.

May, C. 2000 The knowledge-based economy: the global challenges of the 21st century. Kuklinski, A. & Orlowski, W. M. (eds.). 4 ed. Warszawa: Komitet Bada? Naukowych, 312 p. (Science and government series)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

An annotated bibliography of Susan Strange's academic publications.

May, C. 2000 Strange power: shaping the parameters of international relations and international political economy. Lawton, T. C., Verdun, A. C. & Rosenau, J. N. (eds.). Aldershot: Ashgate

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Information society, commodities and continuity: a response to Professor Frank Webster's information, capitalism and uncertainty.

May, C. 2000 In: Information, Communication and Society. 3, 1, p. 91-94 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Information society, task mobility and the end of work.

May, C. 06/2000 In: Futures. 32, 5, p. 399-416 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The information society as mega-machine: the continuing relevance of Lewis Mumford.

May, C. 2000 In: Information, Communication and Society. 3, 2, p. 241-265 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1998

Thinking, buying, selling: intellectual property rights in political economy.

May, C. 03/1998 In: New Political Economy. 3, 1, p. 59-78 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Capital, knowledge and ownership: the information society and intellectual property.

May, C. 1998 In: Information, Communication and Society. 1, 3, p. 246-269 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1997

Structured strangely: Susan Strange, structural power and international political economy.

May, C. 1997 Theorising in international relations: contemporary theorists and their critics. Chan, S. & Wiener, J. (eds.). Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1996

Strange fruit: Susan Strange's theory of structural power in the international political economy.

May, C. 1996 In: Global Society. 10, 2, p. 167-189 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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