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Meet our Authors: Graeme Baber 13 March 2020

Graeme Baber graduated from the University of Oxford in 1990, having attended University College from 1987. After picking up qualifications in numerous disciplines over many years of study, including law, economics, finance, management, and computer science, he attained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London in May 2009.

Graeme has been a constant presence at Cambridge Scholars ever since, with his first monograph with us being an adaptation of his doctoral thesis, entitled The Impact of Legislation and Regulation on the Freedom of Movement of Capital in Estonia, Poland and Latvia, published in June 2010.

Since this time, Graeme has published numerous scholarly articles, mainly in financial law, and taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Kings College London, and BPP University, UK, from which he resigned as a Senior Lecturer in February 2015 in order to write as an independent scholar. In addition to his first title, Graeme has written seven other monographs focusing on the areas of financial and international law, three of which have been published by Cambridge Scholars. His most recent title with CSP is The United Nations System: A Synopsis, published in June 2019.

He is currently writing a ninth book, also with CSP, which is preliminarily titled Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Punctually: An Impossible Remit? and which seeks to engage with one of the major international issues of our times.

Graeme has shared some thoughts on his experience of working and publishing with CSP, which you can read below:

“CSP and I have worked together for more than a decade—the initial contact being made to me by Carol Koulikourdi, who kindly offered CSP's services to publish my completed doctoral thesis at a point at which I had been struggling with six or so traditional publishers to produce it. Later, with eight monographs and forty other publications to my name, and experience of teaching in University departments, I am a successful independent scholar—which in those days looked a challenge indeed.

In addition to the initial monograph, The Impact of Legislation and Regulation on the Freedom of Movement of Capital in Estonia, Poland and Latvia, CSP has promptly published my books The Free Movement of Capital and Financial Services: An Exposition, Essays on International Law, and The United Nations System: A Synopsis, and is the publisher with which I am currently working to complete and publish Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Punctually: An Impossible Remit? by the end of the year.”


As part of the ‘Meet our Authors’ campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on all of Graeme’s titles with us. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAR20 at the checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th April 2020.

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Meet our Authors: Mary Munro-Hill 13 March 2020

Mary Munro-Hill holds BA degrees in Latin and French, an MA and PhD in French, and a BD and MTh in Theology. After retiring from a career of teaching languages and theology in universities, colleges and schools, she is now an Honorary Fellow at the University of Hull, UK, where she was a Visiting Tutor in French Language from 1995 to 2017 and also served as a member of the Chaplaincy team from 2007 to 2013.

A life-long lover of languages both classical and modern, but with a particular passion for French, Mary’s recent scholarship has focused primarily on the French literary critic and grammarian Maurice Aristide Chapelan and his writing for the influential daily newspaper Le Figaro.  She became particularly interested in the chronique du langage as a genre and in the articles of Chapelan, published under his middle name, Aristide, in Le Figaro.  This interest resulted in her first two books: Aristide of Le Figaro in 2017, marking the 25th anniversary of Chapelan’s death, and Claude Duneton, Chroniqueur at Le Figaro in 2018. Duneton, who died in 2012, was Chapelan’s successor at Le Figaro.  Mary’s third book, Maurice Aristide Chapelan, Man of Three Parts, published in 2019, introduced her readers to some of Chapelan’s other writings: his literary criticism, biographies, poetry and novels.

We asked Mary to describe exactly what first drew her to Chapelan. Here’s what she had to say:

“He was obviously a writer who loved the French language and wrote entertaining articles on grammar. I was not disappointed when I met him in 1986—what a brilliant and witty man!  Aristide died in 1992.  In 2017, to mark the 25th anniversary of his death, I had my first book published, Aristide of Le Figaro. In 2019, my second book on Aristide (Maurice Chapelan) was published: Maurice Aristide Chapelan, Man of Three Parts—this man was far more than a newspaper grammarian.

In the intervening year, I published a book on another French grammarian and famous writer, Claude Duneton, who succeeded Aristide at Le Figaro.  I had met him in 1994 when he was about to embark on his new career as chroniqueur du langage.  He was very different from Maurice Chapelan, but equally erudite. Claude died in 2012 and, wishing to honour him, I wrote my book, Claude Duneton, Chroniqueur at Le Figaro.”

Mary’s current project is another work on Maurice Chapelan, this time focusing on his poetry and aphorisms, which she hopes to submit to Cambridge Scholars for publication before the end of 2020. Having been researching and writing on Chapelan and Le Figaro since the very beginning of her academic career, including a PhD thesis at the University of Hull, there is arguably no figure with as much authority on the topic as Mary in the English-speaking world.

Cambridge Scholars have been delighted to assist Mary in her endeavour to bring recognition of Chapelan to the wider world. Here’s what she had to say on her experience of working with us:

“I am very grateful to Cambridge Scholars Publishing for accepting my three books for publication, and hope to publish more with them in the coming years. The various members of staff with whom I have had the pleasure of working since 2016 have ensured a happy outcome, both for me and for my books, before, during and after publication. Thank you all so much, Cambridge Scholars!”

As well as her published work in French language and literature, Mary is a church organist, having started to play at the age of eight. She gained the Archbishops’ Award in Church Music from the Guild of Church Musicians in 2017.  She describes Theology as her other great passion in life, having become a Reader (Licensed Lay Minister) in 1979 and gained a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1982 and a Master of Theology degree in 2017.


As part of the ‘Meet our Authors’ campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on all three of Mary’s books. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAR20 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th April 2020.

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Book of the Month - March 2020 02 March 2020

Our Book of the Month for March is The United Nations System: A Synopsis, by one of our most prolific and respected authors, Dr Graeme Baber. The book is Graeme’s 4th publication with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and serves as an expansion to a chapter of his previous work, Essays on International Law, published by Cambridge Scholars in late 2016.

The book is available to purchase throughout March at a 60% discount, which you can redeem by entering the code ‘BOMMAR60’ at the checkout on our website.

While few would go so far as to call The United Nations a flawless organisation, since its inception at the conclusion of the Second World War it is has nonetheless striven to be a unifying force for good on the world stage.

When most of us think of the UN, our minds are naturally drawn to things such as the upholding of human rights, the de-escalation of tensions, or the provision of humanitarian aid, but just how far does the UN’s remit go? Is there a way to measure the success of its many ventures, and how exactly does an international conglomeration of 193 member states, many of whom are in direct conflict with each other, effectively organise itself? These are just a few of the questions that the book seeks to answer.


Using the UN’s own charter as an analytical framework, Dr Baber provides a condensed history of the UN as an institution, whilst scrutinising the organisational effectiveness of its many and various systems, with a particular focus on its Funds and Programmes, Specialized Agencies, and Regional Commissions. The book lays out, in clear terms, exactly what the global role of the UN is, while simultaneously providing key insights in terms of where and how the organisation can improve.

Concisely written, yet comprehensive in its scope and content, The United Nations System: A Synopsis will be an essential companion to anybody with an interest in the vast complexities of how our world operates on a global scale, from the development of global education and sustainable development, right the way through to peacekeeping, security, and the eradication of poverty.

In writing this book, Dr Baber demonstrates that, while far from perfect, the UN nevertheless remains one of humanity’s most significant achievements in terms of peaceful international co-operation, and should not easily be taken for granted.


Graeme Baber is an independent legal researcher, specialising in financial law and aspects of international law. His previous monographs are The Impact of Legislation and Regulation on the Freedom of Movement of Capital in Estonia, Poland and Latvia (2010); The Free Movement of Capital and Financial Services: An Exposition? (2014); The European Union and the Global Financial Crisis: A View from 2016 (2016); Essays on International Law (2017); International Financial Law: Quo Vadis? (2017); and Preferential Trade Agreements and International Law (2018). He is also an experienced university teacher and has published many papers.

To read an extract of The United Nations System: A Synopsis, or to get your hands on a copy, you can visit its page on our website.

Other works by Graeme Baber published by Cambridge Scholars:

The Impact of Legislation and Regulation on the Freedom of Movement of Capital in Estonia, Poland and Latvia

The Free Movement of Capital and Financial Services: An Exposition?

Essays on International Law


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