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Mr David van Rooyen, MA, MSc (Dunelm)

Doctoral Research Student in the School of Government and International Affairs

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David is currently in his final year of his PhD at Durham University’s School of Government & International Affairs. 

Alongside completing his doctoral thesis, David is currently working as a Senior Parliamentary Researcher at the House of Commons. He has previously held positions as a Seminar Tutor and a Research Assistant at Durham University.

David also holds an MSc Global Politics from Durham University (2013/14).

Doctoral Thesis

With the post-WWII acceleration of globalization and the proliferation of transnational concerns (such as nuclear armament, financial instability, climate change, the spread of diseases etc.), there has been a concomitant increase in international laws and legal institutions that are designed to regulate this activity and solve crucial cross-border coordination problems. This widening and deepening of international law brings to the fore normative concerns about how and from where international law derives its legitimacy. David's doctoral research is a moral evaluation of the traditional way in which international law is meant to be legitimated: through ‘state consent’.

Research Interests

  • Consent Theory
  • Contemporary British Politics
  • Ideas & Ideologies
  • International Law
  • International Organizations
  • Political Legitimacy
  • Public Affairs

Teaching Areas

  • 2015/16 International Organizations (Tutor) (60 hours/year.)
  • 2016/17 Ideas & Ideologies (Tutor) (60 hours/year.)

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