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Dr Tobias Lock

Senior Lecturer

Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes


Tobias Lock joined Edinburgh Law School as a lecturer in EU Law in 2013 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016.

He is also a co-director of the Europa Institute.

Tobias' previous places of work included University College London, the University of Surrey and the University of Erlangen (Germany), where he also received most of his legal education. 

He is admitted to the German bar as Rechtsanwalt.

Current Research Interests

Tobias’ research interest lies broadly speaking in the EU’s multilevel relations with other legal orders. His main focus is on courts as frontline actors in this plural legal environment. He has published two books on the relations between the European Court of Justice and international courts and has done much work on the relationship between the EU and the European Convention on Human Rights, in particular the EU’s accession to the Convention. 

Tobias' research in this regard has recently been dominated by the many legal questions surrounding 'Brexit'.

Tobias also works on the application of European law and legal remedies by national courts in different Member States with a particular focus on the UK and Germany. This allows him to combine his interest in comparative law with that in European law. As part of this research he published an article on Member State liability in the national courts and another article addressing the differences in the application of the law on belief discrimination in England and Germany.  His other other research interests include EU constitutional law; (comparative) German constitutional law, and law and religion.

Much of his work is accessible on his SSRN page and via the Edinburgh Research explorer.

Tobias welcomes enquiries from potential students interested in undertaking research degrees in any of these fields.

He contributes regularly to parliamentary and government enquiries, has drafted policy papers, and was the UK national rapporteur on fundamental rights for the FIDE 2012 congress. 


Research outputs

  1. Scotland and Brexit

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

  2. Human Rights Law in the UK after Brexit

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. The legal and political process for agreeing the future relationship between the UK and the EU

    Activity: ConsultancyContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

  2. Meeting with Assembly member and committee clerk

    Activity: ConsultancyContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

  3. First Minister's Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Work on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

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