Legal & Political Theory

Think Tank Programme
Legal & Political Theory

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Our Programme

Our think tank engages deeply with Law and Politics. We incorporate empirical political science and law, enabling us to specify the implications of abstract political, legal and moral principles for concrete issues in policy-making, institutional design, and legal interpretation. We generate leading research on a variety of conceptual and normative questions about political values, social institutions, and public policy. We address the big questions. What is democracy? What is the proper role of religion in public life? How do we justify human rights? What is sovereignty? We also address empirical/descriptive issues in the broader legal and political realm such as immigration, and public health. We wish to remain unbiased, away from political narratives and not affiliated to political parties or ideologies. We are academics interested in disseminating information, truth and, as Bury and Meigs refer to the greatest gift Hellenism gave to the world, freedom of thought.

Programme Leads

Martin Clark

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in Legal & Political Theory

Martin is a Fourth Year PhD Candidate at LSE Law, working in the fields of international law, public law, legal history and legal theory. He holds honours degrees in law, history and philosophy and an MPhil in Law from the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Law School, where he is currently a Research Fellow contributing to the MLS blog covering the High Court of Australia, Opinions on High (http://blogs.unimelb.edu.au/opinionsonhigh/, and was a 2012 editor of the Melbourne Journal of International Law. He is Web Assistant to the Modern Law Review and was an Assistant Editor at the London Review of International Law.

Christoforos Ioannidis

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in Legal & Political Theory

I began my academic career with a Bachelor in Laws (LLB) at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, followed by a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law at the University of Edinburgh. After teaching overseas for a few years, I obtained a Master of Arts (MA) in Philosophy at Arizona State University (USA) and later began my PhD at The Dickson Poon School of Law of King’s College London on legitimacy as an essentially contested concept. I have submitted my written thesis and successfully passed the oral defense.

My research interests include jurisprudence and legal theory, international law, human rights, ethics, and social and political philosophy. I teach Jurisprudence and legal theory and Law in Context at Queen Mary School of Law. I have also lectured in Law and Social Theory at King’s College London School of Law.

Mohammed Shahabuddin

Fellow

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/law/shahabuddin-mohammad.aspx

Shahab teaches and researches in international law with special focus on history and theory of international law, ethnicity and nationalism, and human rights. He is the author of Ethnicity and International Law: Histories, Politics and Practices (Cambridge University Press, 2016). With a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2018-2020), he is currently working on a new monograph: Minorities and the Making of Postcolonial States in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2021).