Martin Clark

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Martin Clark

Lecturer in Law

Room 2.16 , Law

+61 403 936 623 (phone)

Martin is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Faculty of Law. Arriving in Hobart from Scotland in March 2020, he was awarded his PhD in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science in May 2020, where he was a Judge Rosalyn Higgins Scholar and Modern Law Review Scholar. His work focuses mostly on the history of legal thought, international law and public law. He is an assistant editor at the London Review of International Law, and Web Assistant at the Modern Law Review. He is trying to work on a book about the history of the domestic and international in British legal thought, and finish another on law and commodities. He is Unit Coordinator and lecturer and tutor for Contract Law in Semester 2, 2020.


Martin worked through a BA/LLB at the University of Melbourne, focusing mostly on history and philosophy, but becoming gradually more interested in law when he took Comparative Constitutional Law. He went to the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London in 2011, which cemented this interest in law, leading eventually to a few final year research projects and working as an Editor of the Melbourne Journal of International Law in 2012. After finishing honours in history and philosophy, in 2014 he began an MPhil at MLS under the supervision of Laureate Professor Anne Orford on the history of the concept of recognition in British international law thought. This led to a PhD place at the London School of Economics and Political Science under Professors Gerry Simpson and Thomas Poole, focusing on the history of the ideas of the ‘domestic’ and ‘international’ in British legal thought, passed without corrections in May 2020. He and his family moved from Dundee, Scotland to Hobart in March 2020. In addition to trying to write a book based on the PhD thesis, and finishing another on the history of law told through global commodities, he is working on a new project on legal thought and the climate emergency.

Career summary


  • PhD, LSE Law, 2020. Thesis: ‘The “International” and “Domestic” in British Legal Thought from Gentili to Lauterpacht’, Judge Rosalyn Higgins Scholar and Modern Law Review Scholar; supervisors: Gerry Simpson, Thomas Poole, examiners: Karen Knop, Martin Loughlin, passed without corrections May 2020.
  • PGCert in Higher Education (LSE), 2017.
  • MPhil, Melbourne Law School, 2016. Thesis: ‘A Conceptual History of Recognition in British International Legal Thought’, ARC Australian Postgraduate Award, supervisors Anne Orford, Kirsty Gover, examiners: Janne Nijman, Antony Anghie, passed April 2016
  • LLB (Hons), Melbourne Law School
  • BA (Hons, History and Philosophy), University of Melbourne
  • Certificate in Transnational Legal Studies, CTLS London

Languages (other than English)

French (intermediate--reading)


Professional practice

Web Assistant, Modern Law Review

Assistant Editor, London Review of International Law

Research Fellow, Opinions on High: High Court Blog

Administrative expertise

Joint Editor, Melbourne Journal of Internaional Law, 2012.


Teaching expertise

Teaching LAW251 Contract. Past teaching includes an LSE Summer School course on international law, an LSE LLM Dissertation writing course, Corporate Law (MLS, 2014), and college tutoring in a range of law subjects including legal theory, public law.

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Martin works on law, history and theory, focusing mostly on public and international law. His past work has focused on histories of particular concepts in law and legal thought, including ‘recognition’ (of states, governments and peoples) and the twinned ideas of ‘domestic’ and ‘international’. Both of these studies focused on these ideas in British legal thought, and how these concepts were linked to the expansion and activities of the British Empire in colonising much of the world through force and law. He is working on a book around the PhD project, tentatively titled Juridical Monsters. Another book Eating the World: A Global History of Law and Commodities, with Dr Yoriko Otomo, is almost complete; it is an introductory text that charts the history of law through empire and changes in the trade of particular commodities (sugar, rubber, oil, etc).


Judge Rosalyn Higgins Scholar (2016-20, four-year scholarship, fees and stipend)

Modern Law Review Scholar (2018 and 2019)

Arthur Watts Fellow (2015, supporting work at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law)

2015 Student Published Research Prize, Graduate Research Student category, Melbourne Law School

2014 Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Student Essay Prize

University of Melbourne Global Mobility Scholarship (2011)

Jessie Legatt Scholar for Comparative Constitutional Law (MLS, 2010)

Current projects

Martin’s current project, in very early stages, aims to bring these interests together. It investigates the concept of 'nature' in law and legal thought, to examine how and why ideas about the natural world and human nature filtered into particular legal structures, forms and institutions underlying extractive industrialised capitalism. It seeks to revive a rival, radical tradition around communitarian 'commons'-views of rights to and in nature. This history will form the basis for understanding and examining present problems around climate change in law and institutions, and aims to offer some critical pathways for remaking or unmaking laws and concepts in law that contribute to the climate emergency.

Fields of Research

  • International Law (excl. International Trade Law) (180116)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies (970118)


Total publications


Journal Article

(3 outputs)
2020Clark M, ''Something like the principles of British liberalism': Ivor Jennings and the international and domestic, 1920-1960', Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 71, (2) pp. 157-174. ISSN 0029-3105 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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2018Clark M, 'Ambivalence, anxieties / Adaptations, advances: Conceptual History and International Law', Leiden Journal of International Law, 31, (4) pp. 747-771. ISSN 1478-9698 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0922156518000432 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2018Clark M, 'A conceptual history of recognition in British international legal thought', British Yearbook of International Law, 87, (1) pp. 18-97. ISSN 2044-9437 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/bybil/bry003 [eCite] [Details]



(1 outputs)
2020Clark M, Simpson G, Pahuja S, Craven M, 'Cold War International Law', Oxford Bibliographies Online - International Law pp. 1-29. (In Press) [Substantial Review]

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Martin welcomes inquiries from potential HDR students on topics in public law, international law, legal history and legal theory.