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Prof Ronan McCrea
Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens
  • Professor of Constitutional and European Law
  • Faculty of Laws

Ronan McCrea joined UCL in September 2011 from the University of Reading where he lectured from 2009-2011. He was previously référendaire in the chambers of Advocate General Poiares Maduro at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. He is also a visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest where he teaches on the Comparative Constitutional Law programme and an Associate Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple. In 2014-15 he was Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. 

Dr. McCrea completed his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics where he held a British Council Chevening Scholarship and an Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award. His dissertation was awarded the University Association for Contemporary European Studies prize for best the Ph.D. thesis of 2010. He is a member of the bar of England and Wales where he was Prince of Wales Scholar of Gray’s Inn and the bar of the Republic of Ireland . Before undertaking his doctorate, he completed pupillage at Matrix Chambers in London and worked as Legal Officer of the Refugee Legal Centre. He is a former associate counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, has advised several non-governmental organizations including Liberty, Oxfam and the National Secular Society and litigates cases in areas related to his expertise before the European Court of Human Rights.

Research Summary

Dr. McCrea’s research focuses on comparative constitutional law, European Union law and public law with a particular emphasis on fundamental rights, secularism and the relationship between law and religion in liberal democracies.

Teaching Summary

EU and Human Rights Law
Public Law

The European Union and Human Rights Religion
State and the Law (convenor)
Theory and Practice of the ECHR

01-SEP-2014 – 31-AUG-2015 Jean Monnet Fellow Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Euorpean University Institute, Italy
07-OCT-2009 – 01-SEP-2011 Lecturer School of Law University of Reading, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2008 – 06-OCT-2009 Referendaire (judicial clerk) Chambers of Advocate General Maduro Court of Justice of the EU, Luxembourg
Academic Background
2009 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – European Law London School of Economics and Political Science
2002 MSc Master of Science – Comparative Politics London School of Economics and Political Science
2001 LLB Bachelor of Laws – Law Trinity College Dublin
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