Dr Christopher McCorkindale

Senior Lecturer

Law

Personal statement

I joined the 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: Public Law 1 (Constitutional Law), Public Law 2 (Administrative Law and Human Rights), Constitutional Law honours and Administrative Law honours. Previously I have also taught Legal Methods as well as Trusts and Succession.

My teaching reflects my research interests in constitutional and administrative law (with a recent focus on the constitutional implications of Brexit as well empirical work on safeguards for legislative competence in the devolved parliaments and assemblies), history (in particular the emergence of legislative sovereignty from the 17th century), 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 Experience, with responsibility for that experience in the key transitions onto, through and out of our various LLB degree options. Previously I have been the School's senior admissions officer, with a commitment to widening access to legal education, as well as the staff co-ordinator of our (very successfully) student-led Moot Society.

 

Publications

Parliament, sovereignty and the paradox of the political constitution
McCorkindale Christopher
The Constitution of Social Democracy (2020) (2020)
Devolution in Scotland and the Supreme Court : a question of interpretation?
McCorkindale Chris
Materiali per una storia della cultura giuridica (2019)
Three waves of political constitutionalism
Goldoni Marco, McCorkindale Christopher
King's Law Journal Vol 30, pp. 74-96 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1080/09615768.2019.1603204
The Supreme Court and devolution : the Scottish Continuity Bill reference
McCorkindale Christopher, McHarg Aileen
Juridical Review (2019)
The political constitution at 40
Gee Graham, McCorkindale Christopher
King's Law Journal Vol 30 (2019)
A Charter of Workers' Rights for Scotland
Carolan Jane, Dukes Ruth, Ewing Keith, Kirk Eleanor, McCorkindale Chris
(2019)

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Teaching

I teach across a range of Public Law subjects. I am the class co-ordinator for Public Law 2, a second year core class which focuses on administrative law and human rights in Scotland and in the United Kingdom more broadly, and for Administrative Law honours. In addition I teach on both Public Law 1, which looks at the fundamental concepts, principles, functions, institutions, and actors within the United Kingdom's multi-faceted constitution, and on the Constitutional Law honours class which allows honours student the opportunity to explore contemporary constitutional issues in more depth, including the opportunity to visit the Holyrood and Westminster Parliaments and to shadow the ongoing work of parliamentary committees.

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 the relationship between parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law. More recently I have published work on the constitutional law implications of Brexit and - within broader work on the safeguards for legislative competence in the devolved legislatures - have conducted a major empirical examination of the processes by which Bills in the Scottish Parliament are vetted for legislative competence.

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.

Professional activities

Strathclyde Law School research seminar series
Participant
5/2019
STUC Congress 2019
Participant
4/2019
ICON (UK/Ireland) Conference
Participant
4/2019
Glasgow University Law School research seminar series
Participant
3/2019
King's Law Journal (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2019
Essays in Honour of Keith Ewing
Participant
9/2018

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Projects

Vetting Bills in the Devolved Legislatures for Legislative Competence
McCorkindale, Christopher (Principal Investigator) Hiebert, Janet (Principal Investigator)
Major empirical (interview based) research project exploring the role of lawyers and officials in the devolved institutions as well as the UK Government exploring the operation of statutory checks, during the legislative process, that Bills would, if enacted, be within the legislative competence of the institution.
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
FUNDED PROJECT: £3498.80 awarded by the Modern Law Review for 'The Political Constitution' at 40
McCorkindale, Christopher (Principal Investigator) Gee, Graham (Principal Investigator)
FUNDING AWARD of £3498.80 from the (prestigious) Modern Law Review fund to support the organisation of a workshop at the University of Sheffield on the legacy of JAG Griffith's 1978 Chorley Lecture, 'The Political Constitution' and the publication of the contributions in a special edition of the King's Law Journal.
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2016
FUNDED PROJECT: £1500 awarded by Clark Foundation for Judicial Review at Thirty
McCorkindale, Christopher (Principal Investigator) McHarg, Aileen (Principal Investigator) Mullen, Tom (Principal Investigator)
FUNDING AWARD of £1500 from Clark Foundation to support a workshop on 'Thirty Years of Judicial Review in Scotland' with a keynote by Lord Reed (Deputy President, UK Supreme Court) and the publication of contributions in a special edition of Juridical Review.
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2015
FUNDED PROJECT: £2000 awarded by the Centre for Global Constitutionalism for The State of the Political Constituion
McCorkindale, Christopher (Principal Investigator) Goldoni, Marco (Principal Investigator)
FUNDING AWARD of £2000 by the Centre for Global Constitutionalism to support the organisation of a workshop at Glasgow Caledonian University on 'The State of the Political Constitution' and the publication of a special edition of the German Law Journal by the same title.
01-Jan-2012 - 30-Jan-2012
FUNDED PROJECT: 3000 eur awarded by the Odysseus Programme of the FWO (Research Institute of Flanders) for 'Hannah Arendt and the Law'
McCorkindale, Christopher (Principal Investigator) Goldoni, Marco (Principal Investigator)
FUNDING AWARD of 3000 eur by the Odysseus Programme of the FWO (Research Institute of Flanders) to support the organistion of a workshop at the University of Antwerp on 'Hannah Arendt and the Law' and the publication of an edited collection by Hart Publishing of the same title.
01-Jan-2010 - 31-Jan-2010
Research extern: Redress (London)
McCorkindale, Christopher (Principal Investigator)
Provided research support to a project examining and challenging state immunity for heads of state who commit torture and other serious crimes.
01-Jan-2005 - 31-Jan-2005

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