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Professor Sheldon Leader BA (Yale), MA, DPhil (Oxford), Barrister

Position in departmentSchool of Law
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Emailleader@essex.ac.uk
BiographySheldon Leader is a graduate of Yale and Oxford Universities. He teaches and carries out research in jurisprudence; labour and company law; and the links between human rights, international trade, and investment. He also lectures at various universities in Europe and the USA, and is Chairman of the Pallas Consortium of Universities for European Business Law.


External activities:
Legal Advisor, Amnesty International UK
Member, Advisory Committee of the John Smith Institute
Member, Chatham House Advisory Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility

Sheldon Leader’s research interests lie in jurisprudence, as well as in economic relations and human rights. Professor Leader also lectures at the University of Paris - Ouest, at various universities in the USA, and is Chairman of the Pallas Consortium of Universities for European Law. Among his recent publications are; "The Collateral Protection of Rights in the World Economy" 2009 New York Law School Law Review, 805, "Freedom and Futures" 2007 Modern Law Review 713, “Human Rights and International Trade” in Understanding the World Trade Organization: Perspectives from Law, Economics and Politics ed. Macrory, P. et al (Springer: 2005) pp. 664-695; ‘Inflating Consent, Inflating Function, and Inserting Human Rights’, in Capitalism and Human Rights eds J. Dine and A. Fagan, (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd: 2005); “Collateralism” in R. Brownsword (ed) Global Governance and the Search for Justice (Hart Publishing: 2005) p. 53-67.

Research interests
  • Corporations
  • Labour/Employment Law
  • Human Rights, International Trade and Investment
  • Philosophy of Human Rights
  • Jurisprudence
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