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Dr Cormac Mac Amhlaigh

Senior Lecturer

Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes


I joined the law school in August 2008 having just completed my Ph.d in law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.  Prior to undertaking doctoral studies, I worked in government and legal research.  I first studied law as an undergraduate at Queen's University Belfast during which I spent a year as an Erasmus exchange student at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, followed by an LLM in European Law at University College Dublin.  

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the conceptual and theoretical dimensions of law and legitimacy.   I am also interested in whether and how new forms of law and governance, particularly beyond the state, challenge paradigms of law and legitimacy and the potential role public law can play in this context.  I also write about contemporary issues in Scottish, British and European constitutional law including human rights law.


Research outputs

  1. Pluralising constitutional pluralism

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. Miller, the prerogative and constitutional change

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. The anatomy of constitutional pluralism in the European Union

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. European and External Relations Committee - Scottish Parliament: 17 December 2015

    Activity: ConsultancyProviding oral or written evidence for non-academic board, committee, working group or advisory panel

  2. Visiting Scholar (MacCormick Fellow): Professor Irene Sobrino Guijarro

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Hosting an academic visitor

  3. Edinburgh Law School Research Discussion: The Globalisation of Clinical Trials

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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Research projects

  1. International Legitimacy: An Interdisciplinary Study

    Project: Funded ProjectResearch

  2. The Law and Polity

    Project: Funded ProjectResearch

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