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Christopher McCrudden is Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law at Queen’s University Belfast and William W Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. Until 2011, he was Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. He studied law at Queen’s University Belfast, Yale University, and Oxford University.  He holds a first law degree from Queen’s, an LL.M. degree from Yale, two doctorates from Oxford University (a D.Phil and a DCL), and an honorary LL.D. from Queen’s. From 2011 to 2014, he held a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. In 2013-14 he was a Fellow at the Straus Institute at New York University Law School. In 2014-15, he was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and is currently Chair of its Advisory Committee. He is a practicing Barrister at Blackstone Chambers in London, and has been called to both the Northern Ireland Bar and the Bar of England and Wales. His main research focus is on human rights law. Currently, his research deals with the foundational principles underpinning human rights practice. He was awarded the American Society of International Law’s prize for outstanding legal scholarship in 2008. Professor McCrudden is a Fellow of the British Academy and (from 2018) a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. 

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Projects 2015 2015

Research Output 1987 2018

Comparative International Human Rights Law: a Justification and an Agenda for the Future

McCrudden, C., 22 Feb 2018, Comparative International Law. Roberts, A., Stephan, P., Verdier, P-H. & Versteg, M. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

human rights
international law

Human Rights Theory and Comparative International Law Scholarship

McCrudden, C., 01 Mar 2018, The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice: A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Courts. Waddington, L. & Lawson, A. (eds.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Litigating Religions: An Essay on Human Rights, Courts, and Beliefs

McCrudden, C., 2018, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. 224 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Human Rights

Marriage Registrars, Same-Sex Relationships, and Religious Discrimination in the European Court of Human Rights

McCrudden, C., 01 May 2018, The Conscience Wars Rethinking the Balance between Religion, Identity, and Equality. Mancini, S. & Rosenfeld, M. (eds.). Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access

Miller and Northern Ireland: A Critical Constitutional Response

McCrudden, C. & Halberstam, D., Feb 2018, The UK Supreme Court Yearbook. (UK Supreme Court Yearbook).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

constitutional law
European Community
executive power


Certificate of Merit

Christopher McCrudden (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Other distinction

Doctor of Civil Law

Christopher McCrudden (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Other distinction

Elected Fellow, the British Academy

Christopher McCrudden (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Election to learned society


Christopher McCrudden (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Harkness Fellowship

Christopher McCrudden (Recipient), 1974

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 1978 2018

External Examiner

Christopher McCrudden (Examiner)
2018 → …

Activity: Examination typesUG external examination

Human Rights in the Age of Trump and Brexit

Christopher McCrudden (Lecturer), Onora O'Neill (Lecturer)
22 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Anti-Discrimination Law in Civil Jurisdictions

Christopher McCrudden (Participant)
16 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Litigating Religions

Christopher McCrudden (Invited speaker)
12 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Oral and Written Evidence

Christopher McCrudden (Participant)
07 Feb 2018

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Press / Media

The UK Supreme Court's Decision in Miller

Christopher McCrudden


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Northern Ireland’s Supreme Court Brexit Problem (and the UK’s too)

Christopher McCrudden & Daniel Halberstam


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Brexit and EEA Option

Christopher McCrudden


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Brexit and Northern Ireland

Christopher McCrudden


2 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment