Her current research and teaching explores the role of (international) law in creating and addressing disaster risk, including questions around vulnerability and natural, human-made, and biological hazards, as well as the inclusion of vulnerable and marginalised persons in law and decision-making processes.
Marie finds her students are attracted to her modules for a variety of reasons.
“Some are more interested in focusing on displaced persons and refugees, while others are more focused on the delivery of humanitarian aid in disasters or conflicts. While some students are interested in the subject in a more conceptual way and are interested in continuing onto a PhD – some are simply drawn because the subject matter excites them.
In general, I have found that our students are driven by a sense of wanting to do good, and a desire to help address these gigantic global challenges. This creates a really interesting atmosphere in the classroom."
Throughout their study, students are constantly reminded of how important it is not only to engage with a broad range of legal regimes, but also to improve interdisciplinary communication.
In addition to the possibility for students to take some modules from other Schools, the modules offered by the School of Law benefit from the input of experts from across the University. For example, Ros Cornforth, Director of the Walker Institute at the university, has also contributed to one of the modules. The overarching aim of the Walker Institute is to use research to enable the development of climate-resilient societies, which are able to adapt in an uncertain, changing world.
Global Law programmes at Reading thoughtfully combine both theoretical perspectives and real world scenarios to prepare lawyers and non-lawyers alike. They are positioned to pursue academic excellence in the foundation of governance and law, and to provide a solid grounding in the practitioner skills required at strategic and operational levels.
What Marie most loves about the programmes is the multi-disciplinary approach of bringing together different areas of law and different areas of study.
“Law is just one tool. We need to look at the challenges from other perspectives as well to get a really comprehensive view. This is what I think really sets the programmes apart and it makes it so interesting for our research projects.
Rather than focusing on isolated legal regimes, we are looking at the contemporary challenges and thinking what can be done about them across scales and across disciplines."