Professor Christopher May

Professor

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). My monogrpah on the rule of law was published in 2014.

I also have an ongoing interest in the political economy of global corporations; my most recent output on this theme is Global Corporations in Global Governance (Global Institutions series) (Routledge 2015).

Global corporations in global governance
May, C. 1/03/2015 1st ed. London : Routledge. 150 p. ISBN: 9780415716031, 9780415716055. Electronic ISBN: 9781315880204.
Book

The rule of law: the common sense of global politics
May, C. 1/05/2014 Cheltenham : Edward Elgar. 270 p. ISBN: 9781780018942. Electronic ISBN: 9781780018959.
Book

The rule of law as the grundnorm of the new constitutionalism
May, C. 15/01/2014 In: New constitutionalism and world order. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 63-75. 13 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Still waiting for the new electronic order
May, C. 11/08/2013 In: E-International Relations.
Comment/debate

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.
Journal article

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, 9 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Bounded Openness: The Future Political Economy of Knowledge Management
May, C. 1/08/2011 In: European Intellectual Property Review. 33, 8
Comment/debate

Direct and indirect influence at the World Intellectual Property Organization
May, C. 1/06/2010 In: Business and Global Governance . London : Routledge p. 39-56. 18 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The Corruption of the Public Interest: Intellectual Property and the Corporation as a Rights Holding "citizen".
May, C. 1/06/2010 In: The Challenges of Global Business Authority. Albany : State Universirty of New York Press p. 179-201. 23 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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.
Journal article

Openness in academic publication: the question of trust, authority and reliability
May, C. 1/03/2010 In: Prometheus. 28, 1, 4 p.
Comment/debate

The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Rights
May, C. 2010 Edward Elgar. 1880 p.
Anthology

The global political economy of intellectual property rights: the new enclosures
May, C. 2010 2nd ed. ed. London : Routledge. 180 p. ISBN: 9780415427524, 9780415427531. Electronic ISBN: 9780203873816.
Book

The pre-history and establishment of the WIPO
May, C. 1/12/2009 In: The WIPO Journal. 1, 1, p. 16-26. 11 p.
Journal article

Afterword
May, C. 1/06/2009 In: Implementing the World Intellectual Property Organisation's Development Agenda . Ottawa : Wilfrid Laurier University Press p. 170-175. 6 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Globalizing the logic of Openness: Open Source Software and the Global Governance of Intellectual Property
May, C. 1/06/2009 In: Routledge Handbook of Internet Politics. London : Routledge p. 364-375. 12 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

On the Border: biotechnology, the scope of intellectual property and the dissemination of scientific benefits
May, C. 1/06/2009 In: The Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Biotechnology Innovation . Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 252-273. 22 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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.
Journal article

Intellectual Property Rights, Capacity Building and "Informational Development" in Developing Countries
May, C. 1/06/2008 In: Governing Global Electronic Networks. Cambridge (Mass.) : MIT Press p. 401-426. 15 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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.
Journal article

The World Intellectual Property Organisation and the Development Agenda
May, C. 1/01/2008 In: Global Society. 22, 1, p. 97-113. 16 p.
Journal article

Moments in law : contestation and settlement in the history of intellectual property.
Sell, S., May, C. 2008 In: International Law. Thousand Oaks, California : Sage
Chapter

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.
Journal article

A multi-Tiered Music Industry?: Intellectual property rights, open access and the audience for music
May, C. 1/10/2007 In: Journal on the Art of Record Production . 2
Journal article

Challenging Global Norms: The State, Social Costs and Legal Action
May, C. 1/06/2007 In: HIV/AIDS and the Threat to National and International Security . Basingstoke : Palgrave-Macmillan p. 171-193. 23 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Information wants to be owned: Soziale Auseinandersetzungen um Inwertsetzung und freie Wissensnutzung
May, C. 1/06/2007 In: Wissen in Bewegung. Gottingen : Velbruck Wissenschaft p. 161-180. 20 p.
Chapter (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.
Journal 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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

Digital Rights Management: The Problem of Expanding Ownership Rights
May, C. 2007 Chandos. 162 p. ISBN: 9781843341246, 9781843341857.
Book

The World Intellectual Property Oranization: Resurgence and the Development Agenda.
May, C. 2007 Routledge. 134 p. ISBN: 0415358019.
Book

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.
Journal article

The world intellectual property organization (global monitor).
May, C. 09/2006 In: New Political Economy. 11, 3, p. 435-445. 11 p.
Journal 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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

Global corporate power
May, C. 2006 Lynne Rienner Publishers. 338 p.
Anthology

Intellectual Property Rights: A Critical History.
May, C., Sell, S. 2006 Lynne Rienner Publishers. 253 p. ISBN: 1588263630.
Book

Learning to love patents: capacity building, intellectual property and the (re)production of governance norms in the 'developing world'
May, C. 2006 In: Regulating development: evidence from Africa and Latin America. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar p. 65-98. 34 p. ISBN: 9781845429850.
Chapter

The denial of history : reification, intellectual property rights and the lessons of the past.
May, C. 2006 In: Capital and Class. 88, p. 33-56. 24 p.
Journal article

The inevitability of information capitalism? : between property and 'openness'.
May, C. 05/2005 In: 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. Barcelona : Publicacions Blanquerna p. 23-40. 18 p.
Chapter

AIDS, pharmaceutical patents and the African state : reorienting the global governance of intellectual property
May, C. 04/2005 In: The African state and the AIDS crisis. Aldershot : Ashgate p. 195-217. 23 p. ISBN: 978-0-7546-3967-1.
Chapter

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.
Journal article

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
Journal article

Concentrated industry, fragmented consumption : the global music industry in the new millennium.
May, C. 2005 In: Resounding international relations : on music, culture and politics. New York : Palgrave Macmillan p. 29-51. 23 p. ISBN: 1-4039-6755-5.
Chapter

Digital rights management and the global governance of intellectual property.
May, C. 2005 In: Digital rights management : concepts and applications. Hyderabad, India : Le Magnus University Press p. 33-43. 11 p.
Chapter

Intellectual property rights.
May, C. 2005 In: The politics of international trade in the twenty-first century : actors, issues and regional dynamics. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 164-182. 19 p. ISBN: 1403904847.
Chapter

Property, the right to : intellectual rights as human rights.
May, C. 2005 In: The essentials of human rights. London : Hodder Arnold p. 293-295. 3 p. ISBN: ISBN13: 9780340815748; ISBN10: 0340815744.
Chapter

Why IPRs are a global political issue.
May, C. 2005 In: Intellectual property rights : critical concepts in law. London : Routledge
Chapter

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

(Re)producing intellectual property norms: capacity building programmes in developing countries
May, C. 2004 In: Global regulation : managing crises after the imperial turn. Basingstoke : Palgrave
Chapter

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.
Journal article

Justifying enclosure? intellectual property and meta-technologies.
May, C. 2004 In: Biotechnology and communications : the meta-technologies of information. New York : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Chapter

Digital rights management and the breakdown of social norms.
May, C. 11/2003 In: First Monday. 8, 11
Journal article

La marchandisation a l'age de l'information : droits de propriete intellectuelle, l'Etat et internet [Commodifying the information age : intellectual property rights, the state and the internet].
May, C. 09/2003 In: Actuel Marx. 34, p. 81-97. 17 p.
Journal 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.
Journal article

Why IPRs are a global political issue.
May, C. 01/2003 In: European Intellectual Property Review. 25, 1, p. 1-6. 6 p.
Journal article

Agandet av dolda kunskaper och fardigheter [Owning tacit knowledge].
May, C. 2003 In: Fronesis. 14-15, p. 179-188. 10 p.
Journal article

Key thinkers for the information society
May, C. 2003 Routledge. 208 p.
Anthology

The information society as mega-machine : the continuing relevance of Lewis Mumford.
May, C. 2003 In: Key thinkers for the information age. London : Routledge
Chapter

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.
Journal 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.
Journal article

Trouble in e-topia : knowledge as intellectual property.
May, C. 05/2002 In: Urban Studies. 39, 5-6, p. 1037-1049. 13 p.
Journal 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.
Journal 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.
Journal article

Authority and markets: Susan Strange's writings on international political economy
May, C., Tooze, R. 2002 Palgrave Macmillan. 294 p.
Anthology

The Information Society: a sceptical view
May, C. 2002 Polity Press. 205 p. ISBN: 074562684X, 0745626858.
Book

The Venetian moment : new technologies, legal innovation and the institutional origins of intellectual property. [abridged and translated as : Venise : aux origines de la propriete intellectuelle].
May, C. 2002 In: L'economie politique. 14, 2, p. 6-20. 15 p.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

The global information economy and competitive advantage.
May, C. 2001 In: Globalization : experiences and prospects. Warsaw : Friedrich Ebert Foundation / Oficyna Wydawnicza "Rewasz"
Chapter

Information society, task mobility and the end of work.
May, C. 06/2000 In: Futures. 32, 5, p. 399-416. 18 p.
Journal article

An annotated bibliography of Susan Strange's academic publications.
May, C. 2000 In: Strange power : shaping the parameters of international relations and international political economy. Aldershot : Ashgate
Chapter

Foundations of weightlesness : the knowledge economy, the state and economic development.
May, C. 2000 In: The knowledge-based economy : the global challenges of the 21st century. Warszawa : Komitet Badań Naukowych 312 p. ISBN: 8385557660.
Chapter

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.
Journal 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.
Journal article

Thinking, buying, selling : intellectual property rights in political economy.
May, C. 03/1998 In: New Political Economy. 3, 1, p. 59-78. 20 p.
Journal 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.
Journal article

Structured strangely : Susan Strange, structural power and international political economy.
May, C. 1997 In: Theorising in international relations : contemporary theorists and their critics. Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press
Chapter

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.
Journal article