Mark joined Exeter Law School in Cornwall in August 2020 having previously taught law and criminal justice at Aberdeen, Dundee, St Mary's, Exeter and Portsmouth.
He has a background in teaching criminal law and international criminal justice and enjoys developing internationalised perspectives of the curriculum and study skills with students.
Mark would be pleased to hear from students with an interest in research projects examining aspects of international criminal justice, comparative criminal criminal justice and international co-operation in criminal matters.
During my postgraduate study, I began to take a special interest in the role of human rights and their dual role of building protections against terrible crimes against people and the way they build in transparency, accountability and prevent abuses of power in by the state.
In September 2019, the Supreme Court handed down a judgment that prevented the Government from proroguing Parliament (ending the Parliamentary session) in an apparent attempt to end parliamentary debate and opposition to its Brexit Withdrawal Bill. Whatever your feelings about Brexit, the attempt by the Government to artificially restrict debate and the parliamentary process was regrettable.
The judgment in this case was presented in the Supreme Court by Baroness Brenda Hale, the first woman to be appointed as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary at the United Kingdom's highest court of appeal, the House of Lords. The House of Lords was replaced as a judicial institution by the Supreme Court in 2009.
Baroness Hale is an inspiration in that aside from leading the way for the overdue process of increasing female representation amongst the senior judiciary, as President of the Supreme Court (2017-2020) she was central to legal decisions which held the UK Government to account. Baroness Hale begun her career as a legal academic (an inspiration to lecturers!), worked at the Law Commission and progressed through the ranks of the judiciary on merit. She has been an outspoken advocate of judicial diversity and was well known for her contribution to the development of family law and her accessibility to the public and law students (she would talk to groups visiting the Supreme Court and visited the Law School at Exeter in 2018).