Ashley Murphy

Phone: 01782 734221
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Location: School of Law CBC2.005
Role: Graduate Teaching Assistant/PhD Candidate

Ash graduated with LLB Hons in Law from Liverpool University and gained an LLM Distinction in International Law from Leicester University. After focussing on the development of international environmental law through a dissertation research project, he discovered an enthusiasm for the area and decided to pursue a PhD. He has also spent time teaching English in preparation for the tutoring element of academic life.

Thesis Topic (Faculty Funded GTA Studentship): Progressing and Strengthening International Environmental Law Through the UN Security Council.

The current strength of international environmental law has come under heavy scrutiny with regard to its ability to safeguard against environmental harm. Ash’s project is looking to engage with this debate by identifying ways to create a more robust system of governance that is capable of keeping pace with contemporary threats. By considering the role of the Security Council, and its historical engagement with the threat to the peace concept, Ash is seeking to identify a threshold of harm that will trigger the Security Council into action. The result being a robust, uniform set of internationally binding environmental laws.

Supervisor

Dr Mario Prost

Although not formally studying at Keele previously, it was a natural choice for me when searching for PhD opportunities. The strong reputation of the Law School and its developing focus on international law through the LLM programme was exactly the environment I was looking to find. This was further supported by the wider commitment of Keele to become a greener and more sustainable institution.

After discussions with Dr Prost about potential avenues of research it became clear that we both had interests in the project being proposed. Combined with shared curiosity for international law generally it was clear that the Dr Prost would be the perfect supervisor to support me with my research.

The supportive atmosphere emanating from the law school was the final draw. At interview I was nervous but soon realised the panel were there to tease out the inner subtleties of my project in order to ensure the school could support my research. Later, the friendly nature of the Law School team made me feel welcome both as part of the Law PGR community and as a member of the Public Law teaching team.

Ash is currently teaching:

Public Law 1 and 2