John Haskell


  • Professor in Law, Law

Personal profile


I am currently in a research sabbatical from August 2022-2025. Previously, I have taught modules primariliy in administrative law, contracts, international law, jurisprudence, and legal tech. 

Research interests

I am broadly interested in better understanding the cultural, doctrinal and practical intersections of western-based expert governance related to international law. In recent years, I have increasingly focused on blockchain technologies as an important part of global social coordination and related questions of how to respect privacy and support sustainable stability. 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

I serve in a number of communities, such as the Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL), the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE), and the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP, Harvard Law School), At Manchester, I am a former co-director and currently an academic member of the Manchester International Law Centre and the Manchester Law and Technology Initiative. 


I am currently in a research sabbatical. I serve as a professor/chair in law at the University of Manchester and junior faculty at the Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy. I am a former Fulbright Fellow and I have held academic positions at law schools in Europe, the UK and the US. Outside academia, I enjoy being a dad and negotiating entropy. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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