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Tom Sparks

LL.B, PhD (Dunelm), Senior Research Fellow

sparks@mpil.de
Tel. +49 (6221) 482-256

Main Fields of Research:

Public International Law; Statehood; Sovereignty and Self-Determination; Creation of States; Legal Theory; International Environmental Law

Academic Career:

  • Since 2018: Senior Research Fellow at the MPIL
  • 2020/21: Judicial Fellow, International Court of Justice (with Judge Peter Tomka)
  • 2013-2017: University of Durham, Ph.D.; Thesis title: Towards a Human-Centered International Law: Self-Determination and the Structure of the International Legal System.  European Research Council Studentship.
  • 2010-2013: University of Durham, Bachelor of Laws with Honours, First Class.

 

Aktuelle Publikationen

  • Constitutions and Contagion – European Constitutional Systems and the COVID-19 Pandemic. In: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht 81/1, 147-234 (2021). doi: 10.17104/0044-2348-2021-1-147 (zusammen mit Angelo J. Golia, Laura Hering, Carolyn Moser). Download
  • The Humanisation of Provisional Measures?—Plausibility and the Interim Protection of Rights Before the ICJ. In: Provisional Measures Issued by International Courts and Tribunals, Fulvio Palombino, Roberto Virzo, Giovanni Zarra (Hrsg.). T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague 2020, 77-105 (zusammen mit Mark Somos). Springer Link
  • Editorial: Animal Rights - Interconnections with Human Rights and the Environment. In: Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 11(2), 149-155 (2020). doi: 10.4337/jhre.2020.02.00 (zusammen mit Saskia Stucki, Visa Kurki). JHRE
  • Special Issue: Animal Rights - Interconnections with Human Rights and the Environment. In: Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 11(2), 149-329 (2020) (zusammen mit Saskia Stucki, Visa Kurki (Hrsg.)). JHRE
  • The Protection of Animals through Human Rights. The Case-Law of the European Court of Human Rights. In: Studies in Global Animal Law, Anne Peters (Hrsg.). Springer, Heidelberg 2020, 153-171. Springer Open Access
  • The State. In: Concepts for International Law: Contributions to Disciplinary Thought, Jean d'Aspremont, Sahib Singh (Hrsg.). Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2019. Publisher's website
  • Statehood in an Era of Sinking Islands. In: Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice, Tahseen Jafry (Hrsg.). Routledge, Abingdon 2019, 83-99. Publisher's website
  • Book Review: Stilz, Anna: Territorial Sovereignty: A Philosophical Exploration, Oxford, 2019. In: Grotiana, 41(1), 237-245, 2020. Grotiana
  • Book Review: Kjeldgaard-Pedersen, Astrid: The International Legal Personality of the Individual, Oxford, 2018. In: German Yearbook of International Law, 61, 594-597, 2018.

Blogposts

  • The Elephant in the (Court)Room: Interdependence of Human and Animal Rights in the Anthropocene. EJIL:Talk!, 09 June 2020 (with Saskia Stucki). EJIL:Talk!
  • Judging climate change obligations: Can the World Court rise to the occasion? Part I: Primary obligations to combat climate change. Völkerrechtsblog, 30 April 2020. doi: 10.17176/20200430-133351-0 (with Nataša Nedeski, Gleider Hernández). Völkerrechtblog
  • Judging climate change obligations: Can the World Court rise to the occasion? Part II: What role for international adjudication?. Völkerrechtsblog, 30 April 2020. doi: 10.17176/20200501-013422-0 (with Nataša Nedeski, Gleider Hernández). Völkerrechtsblog
  • The urgent, the plausible and the irreparable: the significance of lowering ICJ thresholds for provisional measures. Völkerrechtsblog, 2018 (with Mark Somos). Völkerrechtsblog
  • On history, geography, and radical change in international law: An interview with BS Chimni. Völkerrechtsblog, 2018 (with Silvia Steininger). Völkerrechtsblog

Working Papers

  • Constitutions and Contagion: European Constitutional Systems and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Max Planck Reserach Paper no. 2020-42, 2020. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3727240 (zusammen mit Angelo Golia, Carolyn Moser, Laura Hering). SSRN
  • Reassessing State Consent to Jurisdiction: The Indispensable Third Party Principle before the ICJ. MPIL Research Paper No. 2020-22, 2020. doi: 10.2139/ssrn.3635621. SSRN
  • The Place of the Environment in State of Nature Discourses: Reassessing Nature, Property and Sovereignty in the Anthropocene. MPIL Reserach Paper No. 2020-10, 26 March 2020, Forthcoming in Mark Somos and Anne Peters (eds.), The State of Nature: Histories of an Idea (Brill). doi: 10.2139/ssrn.3561671. SSRN
  • The Humanisation of Provisional Measures? Plausibility and the Interim Protection of Rights before the ICJ. MPIL Research Paper No. 2019-20, 18 October 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3471141 (with Mark Somos). SSRN

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Vorträge

11.09.2019 - 15.09.2019

Whose Atmosphere? Sovereignty, Acquisition, and Responsibility for Atmospheric Harms

ESIL Annual Conference

Athens

07.07.2019 - 13.07.2019

Protection of Animals through Human Rights: the Case-Law of the European Court of Human Rights

XXVIII IVR World Congress

Luzern

16.05.2019 - 17.05.2019

Beyond “Internal” and “External”: Legitimacy and Legality in Self-Determination’s Claims

'Self-Determination of Peoples in Historical Perspective' Workshop

Tartu

11.04.2019

Comment

Martins Paprinskis, A.P. Sereni Lecture, 'The Indispensable Third Party Principle in International Law'

Bologna

07.03.2019 - 08.03.2019

Secessionary Self-Determination in the Contemporary World: Legality and Legitimacy

'We the People' Workshop

Durham

14.12.2019 - 15.12.2019

The Humanisation of Provisional Measures? The Plausibility Criterion and Interim Protection of Rights

Provisional Measures before International Courts and Tribunals Workshop (with Mark Somos)

Benevento

17.07.2017 - 21.07.2017

Whose Claim, to What Right? A Taxonomy of the Self-Determination Genus

XXVIII IVR World Congress

Lisbon

17.07.2017 - 21.07.2017

Beetles in Boxes and Rubies Called Blue: The Semiotics of the International Legal Concept of "State"

XXVIII IVR World Congress

Lisbon

08.03.2017

An Imponderable Future? Post-Brexit Scotland, IndyRef2, and the European Treaties

International Law Seminar Series

University of Edinburgh

05.04.2015 - 07.04.2015

Who Owns the State? Secession and Self-Determination after Kosovo

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference

Lancaster

02.12.2014

"He who trusts to hope builds upon thin ice": Sovereignty and the Uncertain Foundations of International Order

Global Policy Institute Seminar Series

Durham

Lehre

Spring Semester 2020

Universität Mannheim: International Organisations

Summer Term 2019

Heidelberg International Law Colloquium: Introduction to Climate Law

Summer term 2018

Heidelberg International Law Colloquium: The State in International Law: Creation, Destruction, Deconstruction

Wissenschaftliche Auszeichnungen

  • 2018: Winner, Global Policy North Research Network thesis prize for the dissertation "Towards a Human-Centered International Law" (Durham University, 2017)

 


 Research Funding

  • 2013-2017: European Research Council PhD Studentship (£13726 pa)
  • 2019-2020: Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung der Forderung der Wissenschaten, support for Individual in International Law Workshop (20.000€ - with Anne Peters)
  • 2019-2020: Deutsch Forschungs-Gemeinschaft, support for Individual in International Law Workshop (9.000€ - with Anne Peters)

Sonstiges

  • Member of the Scientific Committee, World Forum on Climate Justice (Glasgow, 19-21 June 2019)
  • 2014-2020:  Member of the Board of Directors, Amnesty International UK Section
  • 2014-2019:  Assistant Editor, International Courts of General Jurisdiction section of the Oxford Reports on International Law
  • Coordinator (with Silvia Steininger and Francesca Iurlaro) of the Discussion Group Theory Talks