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Christy Shucksmith-Wesley

Assistant Professor in Law, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr Christy Shucksmith-Wesley joined the School of Law in September 2018. Christy is a socio-legal researcher focused on emergency medical responses and disaster law. Christy's work concentrates on the role of the Red Cross Movement and WHO in emergencies and disasters. Christy is currently working on her second monograph 'Health and Disasters: International Law and Disaster Risk Reduction' (Elgar, 2021). In February 2021, Christy was awarded an ESRC Impact Accelerator Award grant to research "Global Health Emergencies: Lessons for Readiness". Christy recently participated in the Hague Academy of International Law Centre for Research and Studies, Epidemics and International Law.

In 2017, I co-authored the 'The Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United Kingdom', Multiple Contributors, (Global Security and Disaster Management, 2017). This is a major report for the International Federation of the Red Cross. It is used by governments in considering key elements to include in their legal framework for disaster risk management to adequately address preparedness and response. In addition, the International Federation of the Red Cross draws on this report to support governments and other stakeholders develop national disaster risk management legal frameworks. The Checklists developed around the world are being used to develop a Disaster Law Database of global disaster legislation and practice.

In 2010 Christy was awarded Economic and Social Research Council funding to undertake an MA and Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham. During this time, Christy was a Visiting Research Student at the Australian National University. Christy also conducted elite interviews with delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva. Christy published her first monograph in 2017, 'The International Committee of the Red Cross and its Mandate to Protect and Assist' (Hart, 2017).

Christy has received a number of research grants including the International Law Fund Scholarship from the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (University of Cambridge), Graduate School Travel Prize and Reuben Lipman Travel Scholarship (University of Nottingham), Teaching Innovation Fund (University of Lincoln), and a Graduate Teaching Associate Studentship 2017 (University of Lincoln).

Christy completed her LLB Law and LLM International Legal Studies at the University of Sheffield in 2008 and 2009 respectively. During this time Christy was a British Red Cross volunteer in South Yorkshire. On completion of her studies, Christy was recruited by the British Red Cross and the European Voluntary Service to be an Armenian Red Cross Society volunteer. Christy worked with refugees, children, and vulnerable adults in Yerevan, Armenia.

Expertise Summary

Christy's research focuses on humanitarian protection and assistance, and International Disaster Law. As a recognised expert in international humanitarian and disaster law, Christy continuously works in cross-institutional forums and projects bridging academia and global institutions, most notably, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Christy has built a network across the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross, which oversee the development of legal frameworks for armed conflict and disasters, respectively. In addition, they each have a mandate for humanitarian protection and assistance across the globe.

Teaching Summary

Christy teaches Law of Trusts on the undergraduate programme.

Christy teaches International Humanitarian Law on the postgraduate programme.

Christy has supervised dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level on a range of public international law topics.

Research Summary

Christy a socio-legal researcher in humanitarian protection and assistance, and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Christy's research is currently focused on emergency medical… read more

Selected Publications

  • CHRISTY SHUCKSMITH-WESLEY, 2018. Disaster Risk Reduction, the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and Emergency Health for Women in Nepal 2015: Reflections and recommendations to prevent future human rights abuses. In: KATJA SAMUEL, MARIE ARONSSON-STORRIER and KIRSTEN BOOKMILLER, eds., The Cambridge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law Cambridge University Press. (In Press.)
  • CHRISTY SHUCKSMITH-WESLEY, 2017. The International Committee of the Red Cross and its Mandate to Protect and Assist: Law and Practice Hart Publishing.

Current Research

Christy a socio-legal researcher in humanitarian protection and assistance, and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Christy's research is currently focused on emergency medical responses and disaster law.

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