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Personal Statement

I joined Strathclyde Law School in June 2012, having held a lectureship at Glasgow Caledonian University since 2009.

At the Law School I teach across the full range of our public law classes: Constitutional Law (level 1), Administrative Law (level 2), Constitutional Law honours and Administrative Law honours.

My teaching reflects my research interests in constitutional and administrative law (with a focus on devolution and constitutional law in the UK and on Scotland's constitutional future), history (in particular the history of the UK's so-called political constitution), and theory (with an interest in the many, varied but scattered contributions by Hannah Arendt to legal debate). I would be delighted to hear from potential PhD students with interests in any of these (or other public law) areas.

In addition to teaching and research I am the Law School's Director of Student Wellbeing, with responsibility for student support across the school, and Widening Participation Co-ordinator, with responsibility for the experience of applicants and students who fall within the University's widening access policies through key transitions onto, through and out of our various LLB degree options. Previously I have been the School's Director of Student Experience, senior admissions officer and the staff co-ordinator of our (very successfully) student-led Moot Society.

I am an adviser to the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee of the Scottish Parliament, the public law analysis editor of the Edinburgh Law Review and a steering group member of the Scottish Public Law Group.

Teaching Interests

I teach across a range of Public Law subjects. I am the class co-ordinator for Public Law 1, a first year core module which focuses on constitutional law in Scotland and in the United Kingdom more broadly, and for Constitutional Law honours. In addition I teach on both Public Law 2, a second year core module in administrative law and human rights and on the Administrative Law honours module.

Beyond Public Law subjects I have taught on the Legal Methods/Law 1a class (where I was the class co-ordinator for the BA students taking Law 1a) and on Trusts and Succession within the Property, Trusts and Succession class.

Research Interests

My research touches on the constitutional law, theory and history of Scotland and the United Kingdom. I have published on the United Kingdom's (so-called) 'political' constitution, as well as on various aspects of the law and politics of devolution, Brexit and Scottish independence. I am currently conducted a major empirical examination of the processes by which Bills in the devolved legislatures are vetted for legislative competence, alongside Prof Janet Hiebert (Queen's University, Canada) and Prof Jim Kelly (Concordia).

In addition, I have an interest in legal theory more broadly, and its impact on constitutional debates, and have pubished on the work of Benjamin Constant, Philip Pettit and Hannah Arendt. I am particularly interested in the legal and constitutional aspects of the latter's political thought, having completed a PhD on the topic, and published two co-edited collections, Hannah Arendt and the Law (Hart 2012) and Arendt and Law (Routledge 2017).

I would be delighted to hear from prospective PhD students with interests (broadly put) in any of these research areas.

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 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Reclaiming the Public: Hannah Arendt and the Political Constitution of the United Kingdom, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Master of Letters, University of St Andrews

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Bachelor of Laws, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004


  • Public Law
  • Constitutionalism
  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Human Rights
  • History
  • Legal Theory
  • Jurisprudence
  • Hannah Arendt
  • Arendt


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