Marc Wesley obtained a First Class (Hons) LLB from Sheffield Hallam University in 2012. From here he proceeded to undertake a LLM in Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham, being awarded a school scholarship, and completing such in 2013, with Distinction. During this period Marc's interest in public international law was reaffirmed, and he progressed on to undertake a PhD, awarded funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, under the supervision of Professor Nigel White and Associate Professor Sandesh Sivakumaran. Marc has an interest in general public international law, with a particular focus upon international human rights law, international humanitarian law, post-conflict law, law of the United Nations and international dispute settlement. Recent research has centered upon globalisation and its impact upon human rights protections, and with his LLM dissertation addressing the evolving concept of the right to self-determination of peoples, in the context of the Falkland Islands. In addition to such, Marc has provided research assistant work, for a forthcoming chapter by Professor White, addressing the impact M Koskenniemi on public international law, specifically that of collective security. He also finds time to act as a student assistant to the editorial board of the Journal of Conflict and security Law, published by OUP.
He has previously assisted the Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham, and will continue to volunteer when possible. In 2012 he was awarded an expenses paid trip to the International Criminal Court, The Hague, by Sheffield Hallam University.
Marc's is currently working upon his thesis, with such addressing the melting pot of public international law, that is the Falkland Islands/las Malvinas. Funding was awarded by the Arts and… read more
Marc's is currently working upon his thesis, with such addressing the melting pot of public international law, that is the Falkland Islands/las Malvinas. Funding was awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is under the supervision of Professor Nigel White and Associate Professor Sandesh Sivakumaran. The Falkland Islands, as a post-conflict situation, has found itself trapped in a state of negative-peace. It is intended that this research will result in progressive developments, aiding government policy, better enabling the settlement of the dispute.
In addition to such, Marc presented a paper at the ILA conference on 21st Century Borders, 13th June 2014. The paper - entitled: Uti Possidetis: the procrustean bed of international law - deconstructed the concept of uti possidetis, arguing that such is a manifestation of the State centric composition of the international legal order, focusing upon the ICJ's use of the principle as an apology in order to ensure the continuance of such. From here self-determination was utilised as a counterpoint to uti possidetis, analysing both utilising dialectics, taking both as antagonistic elements. It was concluded that this relationship is still highly weighted towards uti possidetis, and that for there to be a swing towards self-determination it is likely that a shift in global meta-values will be required. Work has continued upon the framework established within the paper, as, provisionally, the paper is to be transformed into a chapter, with such being a contribution towards a text edited by Dr J. Summers (University of Lancaster), to be published by Martinus Nijhoff.