Dr Stu Marvel

Dr Stu Marvel


I am a Lecturer in Law at the University of Leeds and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. I also hold an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. I am affiliated with the Centre for Law & Social Justice at Leeds, where I co-founded a research hub on Vulnerability Theory with collaborative ties to the Law and Vulnerabilities Network at the University of Lund in Sweden, and the Vulnerability and Human Condition Initiative at Emory University.

I received my PhD and LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada, where I worked on issues related to reproductive technology, family law, and queer and feminist legal theory. My doctoral research was based on an empirical study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, for which I was a co-investigator and principal interviewer, and was aimed at investigating the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified families in fertility clinics across Ontario. My doctoral research was also funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, the Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship at York University, and the Mary Jane Mossman scholarship in recognition of her work in feminist jurisprudence and family law. My PhD dissertation was awarded highest honours, and I have published a series of chapters from my upcoming manuscript in book anthologies and law journals in the US and Canada.

I have held visiting scholar positions at the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Northeastern University; the Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality at Kent Law School; and the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory Law School, and was a Residential Participant in the Harvard Law Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop held in Doha, Qatar. I also held a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Vulnerability and Human Condition Initiative at Emory Law, and have taught courses on gender, law, and human rights as an adjunct faculty member at Agnes Scott College. I hold an MA in Gender Analysis for International Development from the University of East Anglia, and have worked at the Korean National Commission for UNESCO in South Korea and served as gender advisor to the Ministry of Women in The Gambia.

I am open to working with students interested in vulnerability theory, queer and feminist legal theory, family law (especially international and comparative family law), or reproductive technology. I teaches from a sociolegal perspective that invites the application of doctrinal skills to the world in which we live, and encourage students to develop their own ideas and viewpoints on complex social issues and theoretical problems.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Law and Social Justice