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Dr Mervyn Martin

Mervyn Martin

About Mervyn Martin

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


Research interests and activities

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


Selected publications


M. Martin, The WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding and Development, Nijhoff International Trade Law Series, 2013.

Journal Articles

M. Martin, Special Feature on “WTO, Globalisation …and the accountancy profession” Berita CPA, January-March 2001.

M. Martin, “Globalisation calls for quality control” CPA News, April 2001.

M. Martin, “Preserving the Principles of Good Governance” CPA News, June 2001.

M. Martin, “Competitiveness, Preparedness and Diversification: - The key to the future” a commentary on Budget Malaysia 2002, CPA News November 2001.

M. Martin "Globalisation, Corporate Governance and Competition", Journal of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants, 14 (11) Nov/Dec 2001.

M. Martin, Book Review “World Trade Governance and Developing Countries” by Kofi Oteng Kufuor, International Affairs, Vol 81 no. 2 March 2005, Blackwell Publishing.

M. Martin "Sole Distribution Agreements in the Context of the General Principles of Free Trade and Competition", Syracuse Journal Of International Trade Law and Commerce, Fall 2007, Vol 35, No. 1.

M. Martin “The Creation of a Global Competition Regime. Where do the Obstacles Lie- Practical Cooperation or Ideological Differences?" Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business, Summer 2008, Vol 7 No. 3.

M. Martin "Child Labour. A Global Problem Requiring a Global Solution" a 4 part series in the Sunday Citizen, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania ISSN0856-9754, 20 Jan 2008-10 Feb.

M. Martin and M. Shademan Pajouh "Rebalancing the balance: how the WTO's HR policy impacts on its very objectives for welfare enhancement and development", Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, Vol 10, No. 3, 2011.

M. Martin "Child Labour, Parameters, Development Implications, Causes and Consequences" Contemporary Social Science: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences Special Issue: Young People, Social Science Research and the Law Volume 8, Issue 2, 2013.

M. Shadman Pajouh and M. Martin, “The Impact of Culture on Globalisation and Role of Women in Management: The case of the Iranian Hotel Industry” International Journal of Business and management Study, Vol. 1 Iss. 2 June 2014.

Martin, M., & Shadman-Pajouh, M. (2014) Globalisation and Trade: The means to what end? International Journal of Business and Management Study, 1(3) 19-23.

M. Martin, & M. Shadman Pajouh, Are the Special and Differential Treatment Provisions in the WTO Agreements Fit for Purpose? Volume 2 issue1, International Journal of Social Science & Human Behavior Study, 2015

M. Martin, Legitimising the Illegitimate: Extending Interpretation beyond Reality. The Shrimp Fairytale and its Implications, Indonesian Journal of International Law, (forthcoming)

Papers/Conference papers

M. Martin, “Corporate Governance in the context Globalisation” CPA Australia Western Australia Corporate Governance Day 7/9/2001.
M. Martin, Briefing Paper “Globalisation, Corporate Governance and Investment” for the launch meeting of the “Investment for Development” programme, Jaipur (India), 14-15 December 2001.
M. Martin, Key Note Address “Competitive Edge in the Global Economy” Seminar organised by KPMG and Prestige Edge at the Pan Pacific Glenmarie, Shah Alam, Malaysia, 7 May 2002.
M. Martin, "Child Labour: - Reasons and Solutions, Conference Paper presented at the Socio Legal Studies Association Annual Conference in 2005, Stirling University.
M. Martin "Institutional Bias: the WTO Human Resources Policy and Its Implications on Capacity Building and Participation of Developing Countries in the WTO DSU” at the Socio Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2010, University of West England.
M. Martin, “Child Labour: A Global Problem Requiring A Global Solution” at the Social Futures Institute Annual Conference 2011, Teesside University.
M. Martin, “The Developmental Dimension of the World Trade Organisation Dispute Settlement Understanding” at the SOFI Seminar Series, 23 January 2013, Teesside University.
M. Shadman Pajouh and M. Martin, ““The Impact of Culture on Globalisation and Role of Women in Management: The case of the Iranian Hotel Industry”, International Conference on Advances in Social Sciences, Economics and Human Behaviour, 8-9 March 2014, Kuala Lumpur.
M. Martin and M. Shadman-Pajouh, “Enforcing DSB decisions in the current system of the WTO DSU” Socio Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, 9-11 April 2014, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.
M. Martin and M. Shadman Pajouh, “Globalization and Trade : The Means to what end ?”, The International Conference On Future Trends In Management, Economics and Human Behavior Study, Institute of Research Engineers and Doctors, 3-4 May 2014, Bangkok, Thailand.
M. Shadman Pajouh, M. Martin and M. Cieseilska, “Unfolding the myth of ethnography in Iran” Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism 7-10 July 2014, School of Governance, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
M. Shadman Pajouh, M. Cieseilska and M. Martin, “Gender, international practices transfer and local custom: Unexpected discoveries on the role of women in an Iranian hotel chain”, Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism 7-10 July 2014, School of Governance, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
M. Martin and M. Shadman Pajouh, “Are the Special and Differential Treatment Provisions in the WTO Agreements Fit for Purpose?” International Conference on Advances in Social Science, Economics and Management Study - 16-17 November, 2014, University of Birmingham.
M. Martin and M. Shadman Pajouh, “How Strategic Can Ambiguity Be? The Role of Ambiguity in the Quest for Legal Certainty and the Myth of the Toothless Tiger”, Socio Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, 5-7 April 2016, University of Lancaster.

M. Martin, "Strategic Ambiguity in the WTO Dispute Settlement Process: The Importance of a Rule Based System in Diffusing Power-Based relationships" at the SOFI Seminar Series, 14 December 2016, Teesside University.

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