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Academic Biography

Dr. Mervyn Martin is an expert in the field of international economic law, and has a growing international profile in the area of the World Trade Organisation, international trade dispute settlement, and the developmental dimension of international trade agreements. Graduating with a LLB (Hons) from the University of London, he went on to pursue a LLM (Distinction) from Hull University under a Chevening Scholarship, and a LLD from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Dr. Martin is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr. Martin’s teaching responsibilities cover first year undergraduate Public Law (the Citizen and the State), second year Legal Research Methods and Skills (Module Leader), third year Corporate Law (Module Leader), Master level Contemporary Legal issues and Legal Theory in Context, as well as PhD supervision. He is also the Programme Leader for the LL.M, LL.M (Criminal Law), LL.M (International Law) and LL.M (Medical Law) as well as the LL.M Dissertation Coordinator. He is currently an external supervisor for a LL.D candidate at VirjeUniversiteit Brussel and has been external examiner for a number of doctoral candidates.

Dr. Martin has extensive work experience both in industry and academia, having worked as an assistant solicitor before serving as a Diplomatic and Administrative Officer for the Government of Malaysia. He was also Head of Corporate Affairs for CPA Australia, Malaysia and Manager for the Information Risk Management practice of KPMG Malaysia. Dr. Martin actively supported a number of consumer based non-governmental organisations, advising and representing them on international trade and development issues both domestically and internationally. He is also currently a Research Fellow with the Faculty of Law and Criminology, Virje Universiteit Brussel.

He was Chair and Convenor of the International Economic Law Stream of the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual conference 2016 and is currently the Chair and Co-convenor of the International Economic Law Stream of the, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual conference 2017.

Dr. Martin has delivered a number of guest lectures both domestically and internationally including:

  • M. Martin, “The DSU Review: A bridge too far? An evaluation of the Chairman's Text" The International Law Association Lunch Lecture Series, 25th February 2011, Vrije Universiteit Brussels.
  • M. Martin, “Governance Policies of the WTO, and its Impact on the Wider Membership” at the International Conference on Governance and Strategic Management (ICGSM 2014) 14-16 April 2014, Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester.
  • M. Martin, “Globalisation, Poverty and the Child Labour Paradox” at the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise exhibition, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, 19th May 2016.

Dr. Martin is currently sits on the Editorial Board of a number of international academic journals including:

  • Editorial board: - International Journal of Arts and Humanities
  • Editorial board: - International Journal of Education and Human Development
  • Editorial Board: - Asian Journal of Social Sciences Studies
  • Editorial Advisory Board: - Journal of International Trade Law and Policy

He is also reviewer for:

  • Leiden Journal of International Law
  • Review of Central and East European Law
  • The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles

Summary of Research Interests

Dr. Martin welcomes applications from potential PhD candidates in the following areas:

  • WTO Dispute Settlement
  • Trade and Development
  • The Regulation of International Trade
  • Foreign Direct Investment and developing countries
  • Globalisation and its impact on International Trade
  • WTO Accession
  • Expansion of Multilateral Trade Regulation


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