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

Ronan McCrea has graduate degrees in law and political science and joined UCL in 2011. He was previously a lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Reading and a référendaire (judicial clerk) in the chambers of Advocate General Poiares Maduro at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. He was also a visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest between 2010 and 2018and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence from 2014-15. He is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple. 

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. He is a regular columnist for The Irish Times newspaper on legal and EU matters.

Research Summary

Professor McCrea’s research focuses on comparative constitutional law, European Union law and public law. He writes mainly on the future of the European Union and on the relationship between law and religion in liberal democracies.

Teaching Summary

EU 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
2011   Barrister Qualifiation King's Inns, Dublin
2009   Doctor of Philosophy London School of Economics and Political Science
2003   Barrister Qualifiation City, University of London
2002   Master of Science London School of Economics and Political Science
2001   Bachelor of Laws Trinity College Dublin
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