Mark Jones joined the Mercer Law School Faculty in 1980. He holds an M.A. in Jurisprudence from Oxford University and an LL.M. from the University of Michigan. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1978 and is a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in London, England. Before studying for the Bar, Jones pursued postgraduate studies in Germany, interned with the Commission of the European Communities in Brussels, Belgium, and also practiced as a Legal Consultant on European Community Law in Brussels. His pupillage at the Bar also focused on European Community Law.
For many years Mark Jones’ teaching and research interests focused on the areas of European Community Law, the Law of International Trade, Comparative Law, and U.S. Immigration Law. In addition to his various writing and editing activities, he also actively pursued his interests in these areas, and held related positions, within a number of professional organizations, most especially the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the American Branch of the International Law Association (ILA), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
In recent years Mark Jones’ interests have refocused and expanded to include legal history, legal philosophy, and issues of professionalism. He currently teaches courses in U.S. Immigration Law and Comparative Law as well as a course entitled Fundamental Perspectives on Law. For several years he has been coordinating a University-wide initiative on “Professionalism and Vocation Across the Professions” that is now incorporated within the broader Mercer University “Phronesis Project for the Exploration of Character, Practical Wisdom, and Professional Formation,” which he co-directs. His long-term research agenda, which comprises several articles and at least one book, is concerned with exploring law in its broader historical, jurisprudential, and transnational context and with tracing the influence of such a broader understanding of law upon evolving notions of legal professionalism and the historical development of legal education in the United States.
Mark Jones lives in Macon with his wife Margaret and his twelve-year old son Nicholas. As a result of his son’s participation in Little League Baseball, Jones now has a much greater understanding and appreciation of the game, although he is still somewhat mystified by the in-field fly rule. He is a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where he has served as a lector for almost thirty years and twice as a member of the Parish Council (including one term as President).