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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

Centre for Law and Society

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

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