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 law and politics of devolution), history (in particular the history of the political constitution), 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

Litigating Brexit
McCorkindale Christopher, McHarg Aileen
The Brexit Challenge for Ireland and the United Kingdom Constitutions Under Pressure (2021) (2021)
The UNCRC and European charter of local self-government bill references : once (and twice) more unto the breach?
McCorkindale Christopher
(2021)
Constitutional pathways to a second independence referendum
McCorkindale Christopher, McHarg Aileen
(2021)
Constitutional pathways to a second independence referendum
McCorkindale Christopher, McHarg Aileen
Scotland's New Choice Independence After Brexit (2021) (2021)
Devolution : a new fundamental principle of the UK constitution
McCorkindale Chris
The New Labour Constitution Twenty Years On (2021) (2021)
Combatre la pandèmia de la COVID-19 a Escòcia
McCorkindale Christopher, McHarg Aileen
Revista Catalana de Dret Públic Vol 2020, pp. 256-265 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.2436/rcdp.i0.2020.3560

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Teaching

I teach across a range of Public Law subjects. I am the class co-ordinator for Public Law 1, a first year core module which focuses on constitutional law in Scotland and in the United Kingdom more broadly, and for Administrative Law honours. In addition I teach on both Public Law 2, a second year core module in administrative law and human rights and on the Constitutional Law honours module.

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 various aspects of the law and politics of devolution, Brexit and Scottish independence. I have recently conducted a major empirical examination of the processes by which Bills in the devolved legislatures 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
ICON (UK/Ireland) Conference
Participant
4/2019
STUC Congress 2019
Participant
4/2019
Glasgow University Law School research seminar series
Participant
3/2019
King's Law Journal (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2019
Understanding the EU Withdrawal Bill 2018-19
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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