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Biography

Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health Law. He specialises in infectious diseases and international law, particularly the law of international organizations, pathogen sharing and equitable access to vaccines in a pandemic.

Mark has provided advice to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development, and is a member of UK Parliament COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database. He has appeared as a witness before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, and has provided evidence to the Joint Committee on the National Security.

He has held visiting positions at the Brocher Foundation, in Geneva, Georgetown University School of Law, and as an Emerging Leader in Biosecurity Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security. He has also worked as a Consultant to the World Health Organisation.

Mark regularly appears in national and international media to discuss international law and infectious diseases. His interviews have appeared on: Al Jazeera TV, Euronews, BBC News, Sky News, New York Times, Washington Post, South China Morning Post, and The Times. In 2021, in recognition of his work on equitable access to vaccines, Mark was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Research

  • International law and infectious diseases
  • Pathogen sharing and equitable access to vaccines
  • Global health justice
  • The securitisation of health
  • Pandemic preparedness
  • The law of infectious diseases

Mark’s research specialism is in international law and infectious diseases, notably this, pandemic influenza preparedness and access to vaccines, and the law of international organizations. He has published extensively on access to pandemic vaccine issues, including on issues of vaccine procurement for developing countries, and equitable access models.

PhD supervision

Mark welcomes PhD applications in any field relevant to his expertise. He is an experienced doctoral supervisor, having supervised to completion.

Previous supervision

Amelia Shooter, “100 years of the National Academies: agency science on trial” PhD, completed 2020, second supervisor.

Principal supervisor

  • Abbie Hampton, “Vaccine distribution from the WHO Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework: securing global health justice?” 
  • (AHRC) Harry Upton, “Conceptualising 'health' at the United Nations Security Council” 
  • (ESRC) Thomas Dewar, “Demand Versus Desire; “Fair balance between intellectual property protection and public interest in vaccine development”

Further details

See Mark's research profile