Dr Christopher McCorkindale



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 senior admissions tutor, with a commitment to widening access to legal education as well as the staff co-ordinator of our (very successfully) student-led Moot Society.



Continuity and confusion : legislating for Brexit in Scotland and Wales (part 2)
McCorkindale Christopher, McHarg Aileen
Continuity and confusion : legislating for Brexit in Scotlnd and Wales (part 1)
McCorkindale Christopher, McHarg Aileen
Statutory interpretation and legislative competence : section 101 of the Scotland Act 1998
McCorkindale Christopher
Legislating for Statutory Interpretation (2018) (2018)
Political constitutionalism
Goldoni Marco, McCorkindale Christopher
Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (2018) (2018)
The courts, devolution and constitutional review
McCorkindale Christopher, McHarg Aileen, Scott Paul F
University of Queensland Law Journal (2018)
Brexit and human rights
McCorkindale Christopher
Edinburgh Law Review Vol 22, pp. 126-132 (2018)

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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 am 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 focusses broadly 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

Edinburgh Law Review (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Juridical Review (Journal)
Guest editor
Constitutional Conventions Symposium
King's Law Journal (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference
Global Constitutionalism (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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