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Michael (Mike) Leach is a Canadian lawyer currently researching what work the concept of the 'Rule of Law' has done for international development interventions since 1989. Prior to Tilburg, he pursued legal studies at Oxford, McGill and the University of Ottawa, and worked for three years in Afghanistan and Turkey (regarding Syria) as a legal consultant for a variety of DFID and BMZ-funded projects on the rule of law, subnational governance, bank privatization, and commercial law reform. Licensed to practice in the Province of Ontario, Canada, Mike worked as an associate lawyer at a boutique litigation firm in Toronto prior to his return to academia a few years ago.


Introduction to Global Law (Fall 2018)

International Law Research Seminar: "Rethinking International Law's Origins, Evolution, and Current Trends" (Spring 2017) - Instructor

Human Rights and Development (Spring 2017) - Teaching assistant for Prof. Morag Goodwin

Perspectives on Law (Fall 2016) - Teaching assistant for Prof. Morag Goodwin and Dr. Philip Paiement

Current courses

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  • Governance
  • International Law
  • Regulation
  • Banking Law
  • Central Banks
  • Comparative Law
  • Developing Countries
  • Legal Pluralism
  • Complexity
  • Democratic Governance
  • Legal-Political Space
  • Developing Countries; Economy
  • Rule Of Law
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Governance Systems
  • History Of International Law
  • Research
  • Sociology Of Law
  • Empirical Legal Studies
  • Transnationalism
  • English
  • Social Change
  • Development In Context


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