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Blending both environmental and international legal perspectives allows me to offer novel ideas that might have real-world application. 

Research Interests 

My research focuses on finding solutions to the global environmental crisis through the framework of international law. I have examined how the United Nations Security Council might become more involved in climate change, through the application of a securitisation lens. Blending both environmental and international legal perspectives allows me to offer novel ideas that might have real-world application.  For instance, I have written a paper arguing for a Climate Security Initiative that replicates international efforts to curb nuclear weapon proliferation in the climate change context.  I am also interested in legal education and have published on ways to help students manage the intensive reading requirements of a law degree.

Latest / Proudest Achievement

Publishing research has been my greatest triumph to date. Starting in mid 2018, I sent an article to The Conversation. I was excited by the piece but had not really been through the publication process and so experienced a lot of trepidation. Once the piece was accepted with minor corrections, I became more confident.  This led to a string of publications in The Conversation, followed by one of my articles featuring in a national newspaper. These early experiences laid the groundwork for more academic endeavours and I was enthused to send research ideas to publishers.

In 2019 the Carbon and Climate Law Review, edited by some prolific experts in the field of climate security, accepted a full article. It was a wonderful feeling of acceptance and filled me with the confidence to complete my PhD, present at international conferences in New Zealand and Australia, and most importantly it gave me a platform to advise fellow researchers from. My advice to anyone reading this, who is hesitant about publishing: start with smaller 1000-piece comments and use this to build experience and confidence.   

Further Information

Contact 

Ashley Murphy

Lecturer of International and Environmental Law

School of Law

Faculty of Social Sciences

Email: ashley.murphy@chester.ac.uk

Twitter: @amsuhr