Professor Steven WheatleyProfessor
Steven Wheatley was appointed Professor of International Law at the University of Lancaster in 2012. Before that he was Professor of International Law at Leeds University. He has two principal areas of research interest: human rights theory and democracy. The Idea of International Human Rights Law (OUP, 2019) explains the emergence, evolution, and normative power of human rights through the lens of complexity theory – Steven is also one of the editors of Complexity Theory & Law (Routledge, 2018). His 2020 article, ‘We need to Talk about “Coercion”’, looks at the problem of foreign interference in elections. Professor Wheatley is also interested in foundational questions of international law, and recent publications have examined the doctrine of intertemporal law (Oxford Journal of Legal Studies) and the status of lying in international relations (forthcoming).
Before coming to Lancaster, I was Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds. I have also worked at the Universities of Liverpool, UWE, Bristol, and Central Lancashire.
PhD Supervision Interests
Professor Wheatley is happy to hear from potential PhD students with proposals in the field of international law, with a particular interest in democracy, human rights and the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples.
The Democratic Legitimacy of International Law
Wheatley, S. 2010 Oxford : Hart Publishing. 425 p. ISBN: 1841138177.
Lying in the Philosophy of Law
19/02/2020 → …
Protecting Democracy from Outside Interference
19/02/2020 → …
Human rights and boundaries
01/03/2013 → …
The Moral Power of Human Rights
“Systems Theory and Human Rights”
Participation in workshop, seminar, course
- Centre for Law and Society