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Mark Chadwick

Mark Chadwick

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

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Nottingham Law School staff


Mark is a senior lecturer at Nottingham Law School.  He teaches International Criminal Justice (LLB and LLM), International, European and Comparative Law (LLB) and European Union Law (GDL). Mark is the Course Leader for the LLB International Law course. He is a member of the Centre for Rights and Justice.

Mark supervises Independent Research Projects at LLB, GDL and LPC LLM level, with a particular interest in topics related to international criminal justice. He also acts as a PhD supervisor.

Mark acts as a visiting tutor for students on both six-month and year-long work placements.

Career overview

Mark has previously taught on the Comparative Law and Tort Law modules at Nottingham Law School and has worked as a law tutor at the University of Nottingham (2010-2014).

Mark has served as an intern with various organisations, including the University of Nottingham’s Human Rights Law Centre (twice, in 2007 and 2009), the International Criminal Court (2008) and the International Bar Association (2008-09).

Research areas

Mark’s research focuses on issues in international criminal justice. He is particularly interested in the processes by which States claim jurisdiction over suspected perpetrators of international crime, including via the notion of “universal jurisdiction”. He has previously published on the topics of universal jurisdiction, high seas piracy, and the European Union’s commitment to international criminal justice.

Mark published a monograph, Piracy and the Origins of Universal Jurisdiction: On Stranger Tides, in December 2018. Mark’s book examines the legal history of high seas piracy, with an emphasis on how States justify claims of jurisdiction over perpetrators and the way in which the prosecution of pirates informs contemporary notions of international criminal justice.

Opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the areas identified above

Sponsors and collaborators

Mark’s PhD was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  He has previously collaborated with his former PhD supervisor Professor Olympia Bekou of the University of Nottingham, leading to a publication on the role of the EU in international criminal justice.


“Piracy and Genocide: are the crimes related?”, Maritime Risk International, Issue 33(2), March 2019

The prosecution of pirates was a model for today’s system of international justice”, The Conversation, 11 January 2019

Piracy and the origins of universal jurisdiction: on stranger tides?  (Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2018)

Cooperation is the key to defeating pirates – here’s why”, The Conversation, 21 August 2017

“Facilitating EU commitment to the International Criminal Court: The role of the ICC Legal Tools Project” (with Professor Olympia Bekou), in Jan Wetzel (ed.), The EU as a ‘Global Player’ in Human Rights? (Oxford: Routledge, 2012).

“Modern Developments in Universal Jurisdiction: Addressing Genocide in Tibet”, 9 International Criminal Law Review (2009) 359.

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Press expertise

Mark has expertise in matters of international criminal justice, including: the operation of the International Criminal Court (e.g. present cases before it and issues it faces); the prosecution of overseas offenders in national courts (for example, the prosecution of suspected Syrian or Iraqi war criminals in national courts across Europe); and legal issues in high seas piracy.