Section: About the Centre



Professor Stephen Tierney is Professor of Constitutional Theory at the University of Edinburgh Law School and British Academy Senior Research Fellow 2008-2009. His current research interests are in comparative public law, the legal accommodation of national identity, and constitutional law and direct democracy. His most recent book is Constitutional Referendums: The Theory and Practice of Republican Deliberation (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Associate Director

Dr Asanga Welikala is Lecturer in Public Law at the School of Law, where he also recently completed his PhD thesis, Beyond the Liberal Paradigm: The Constitutional Accommodation of National Pluralism in Sri Lanka. He is also a Senior Researcher of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Sri Lanka, and a Project Director at the Center for Constitutional Transitions (formerly of NYU Law School). Asanga Welikala has worked on constitutional and legal reform issues in a number of countries in addition to Sri Lanka, including the Maldives, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Egypt, Libya, and Iraq during the 2004-05 constitution-making process. His research interests lie in comparative constitutional law, applied constitutional theory, and Commonwealth constitutional history.      

Associate Directors for Research Engagement

Dr Tom Gerald Daly has recently completed his PhD, titled Judging Democratisation: Courts as Democratisation Technology in the Post-war World, at Edinburgh Law School, researching the evolving and interactive roles of constitutional courts and regional human rights courts in post-war democratisation processes. From Ireland, he has previously worked at the Supreme Court of Ireland as Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice, as Editor-in-Chief of the Judicial Studies Institute Journal and as a consultant on Council of Europe, European Union and Soros Foundation projects. He is currently Consultant Editor of the Venice Commission Bulletin on Constitutional Case-Law and has presented and published widely on the connection between law and democracy, and the role of the law and courts in supporting democratisation processes. 

Silvia Suteu is a PhD candidate at Edinburgh Law School, working on unamendable constitutional provisions in a thesis titled Eternity and the Constitution: The Promise and Limits of Eternity Clauses. She was also a researcher in the ESRC-funded project “The Scottish Independence Referendum: A Democratic Audit” during 2013-2014, having previously worked for the Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts Project (RULAC) at the Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University (HPCR), and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, also at Harvard University. Her research interests lie in comparative constitutional law and theory, notably the theory and practice of constitutional change, public international law, and human rights.


Professor Christine Bell is Professor of Constitutional Law. She was previously Director of the Centre for International and Comparative Human Rights Law, Queen's University of Belfast, and Professor of Public International Law and a founder and Director of the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster. She has been active in non-governmental organizations and has also taken part in various peace negotiations discussions, giving constitutional law and human rights law advice. Her research interests lie in the interface between constitutional and international law, gender and conflict, and legal theory, with a particular interest in peace processes and their agreements. 

Dr Elisenda Casanas Adam is a Lecturer in Public Law and Human Rights. Her main research interests lie in the comparative analysis of public law, focusing on the legal accommodation of national identity, the courts and the judiciary, devolution, judicial review and human rights. She has a special interest in the public law of Scotland and the United Kingdom, and of Catalonia and Spain. Prior to joining the Law School in 2011, Elisenda was a Lecturer in Constitutional Law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2009-2011) and the University of Girona (2008-2009), and has been a visiting lecturer for the University of Alicante at the Judicial Council of Tabasco, Mexico (2011).

Mr Navraj Singh Ghaleigh is Senior Lecturer in Climate Law, having previously been at Edinburgh since 2003. Previously a barrister in London and Lecturer at King's London, he undertook his graduate work at the University of Cambridge, the European University Institute (Florence) and the University of California, Berkeley (Fulbright Scholar). Navraj's research and teaching has two main strands: electoral law and the law of climate change. 

Dr James Harrison is Senior Lecturer in International Law. His main areas of research interest are the law of the sea, WTO law and international investment law.  He also researches public law with a particular focus on judicial review and the role of the judiciary in constitutional law.  He also has a keen interest in the interface between international law and domestic law in the context of the United Kingdom. 

Professor Chris Himsworth is Professor Emeritus of Administrative Law. He has research interests which range across much of the public law field. Recent publications have focused on constitutional law in Scotland, administrative law (especially judicial review), local government law and housing law. Another research interest is in environmental law in both its theoretical and more practical aspects. 

Dr Dimitrios Kagiaros is a Teaching Fellow in Public Law and Human Rights. He studied law at the University of Athens and was awarded a scholarship by the University of Hull to research his PhD project on freedom of expression and 'national security' whistle-blowers. His research interests include the protection of fundamental rights under the ECHR regime and the role of the European Court of Human Rights in the European system of human rights protection.

Dr Cormac Mac Amhlaigh is Lecturer in Public Law. Cormac studied law in Belfast and Dublin before being awarded his PhD in law by the European University Institute which he wrote on the concept of the state in European constitutionalism. His research focuses on the challenges to concepts of law, fundamental rights, sovereignty and state in European integration and globalization more generally in legal and constitutional theory. 

Professor Claudio Michelon is Professor of Philosophy of Law. His research currently focuses on (a) practical reason’s structure and the political and constitutional implications of those structural features, and (b) questions relating to the boundaries between public and private law and their philosophical foundations.

Dr Carlotta Redi is an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, she obtained a PhD in Comparative Constitutional Law at the Scuola Sant’Anna of Advanced Studies of Pisa with a project on asymmetric federalism in Belgium, Spain and the UK. She has also worked with the Regional Executive and Council of Tuscany Region on the constitutional compliance of regional legislation. At Edinburgh, she is working with Prof Stephen Tierney within the Centre for Constitutional Change and its project on “Relationships beyond Scotland”.

Mr Paul Reid is an Advocate with Ampersand Stable, a member of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law and the author of the third edition of Green’s Concise Guide to Public Law, which was published in October 2015.

Professor Jo Shaw is Salvesen Chair of European Institutions and is the Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the field of the EU constitution and institutions, particularly in socio-legal and interdisciplinary perspective. Over the years, she has had funding from the ESRC, the British Academy, the AHRC and the European Science Foundation, for many different projects. 

Professor Neil Walker is Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations. His main area of expertise is constitutional theory. He has published extensively on the constitutional dimension of legal order at sub-state, state, supranational and international levels. He has also published at length on the relationship between security, legal order and political community. He maintains a more general interest in broader questions of legal theory as well as in various substantive dimensions of UK and EU public law.


Kenneth Campbell, QC

Pablo Grez Hidalgo

Giedre Jokubaskaite

Alexander Latham

Majid Rizvi

Jenna Sapiano (convenor of the Constitutional Law Discussion Group, 2015/16)

Grant Stirling

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