School of Law

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Dr Stu Marvel

Lecturer in Law

I am a Lecturer in Law at the University of Leeds and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Emory University School of Law. I also hold an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Vulnerability and Human Condition [VHC] Initiative at Emory Law, and am a founding member of the VHC at Leeds. Previously, I worked as communications liaison at the Korean National Commission for UNESCO in South Korea and served as gender advisor to the Ministry of Women in The Gambia.

Research Interests

I work on issues related to vulnerability theory, reproductive technology, comparative and international family law, and queer and feminist legal theory. I received my PhD and LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School, as well as an MA in Gender Analysis for International Development from the University of East Anglia. I've held visiting scholar positions 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.


I teach 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. I aim to make difficult and challenging material accessible for all students, with the aim of improving writing skills, sharpening critical thinking abilities, and expanding theoretical vocabularies.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising doctoral projects on vulnerability theory; reproductive rights, justice, and technology; comparative and international family law; queer and feminist legal theory; and gender and sexuality. I am also interested in supporting work on law and development, including postcolonial and third-world approaches to international law.

Key Publications

Listening to LGBTQ People on Assisted Human Reproduction: Access to Reproductive Material, Services and Facilities - Book Chapter in Regulating Creation: The Law, Ethics, and Policy of Assisted Reproduction, Trudo Lemmens, Andrew Flavelle Martin, Cheryl Milne, and Ian B. Lee (eds.), University of Toronto Press, 2017.

The Vulnerable Subject of Rape Law: Rethinking Agency and Consent. A Response to Deborah Tuerkheimer, Rape On and Off Campus, Vol 65, Emory Law Journal Online 1, 2015.

The Evolution of Plural Parentage: Assisted Reproductive Technology, Same-Sex Parents and Polygamy, Emory Law Journal, Vol 64, No. 2047, 2015.

Polymorphous Reproductivity and the Critique of Futurity: Toward a Queer Legal Analytic for Fertility Law, Jindal Global Law Review, 4(2): 296-314, 2013; Book chapter in New Intimacies, Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times, Oishik Sircar and Dipika Jain (eds.), Zubaan Books, 2017.

Tony Danza is My Sperm Donor?: Queer Kinship and the Impact of Canadian Regulations Around Sperm Donation, Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 25(2), 2013.

Media Contact Areas

I am happy to be contacted for issues relating to vulnerability theory, reproductive rights and technology, and comparative and international family law.

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