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Professor of Law and Democracy, Newcastle University

Colin Murray is Professor of Law and Democracy at Newcastle Law School, having taught Constitutional Law and Counter-Terrorism Law there for nearly two decades. His research spans these subjects, encompassing prisoner disenfranchisement and the right to vote, imperialism’s impact on the UK Constitution and the human rights implications of special counter-terrorism powers. As a result of this research expertise he has appeared before multiple parliamentary committees (including the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and the EU Committee) and served as a Special Adviser to the Select Committee on the Draft Prisoner Voting Bill in 2013. His research on the Chagos Islands has been cited by Baroness Hale in the UK Supreme Court. He served as Principal Investigator on the Economic and Social Research Council-funded Performing Identities project on governance and identity in Northern Ireland amid the negotiation of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement and Trade and Cooperation Agreement.


  • 2006–present
    Professor, Newcastle University


  • 2022 
    Newcastle University, PhD
  • 2007 
    Durham University, Master of Jurisprudence
  • 2004 
    Durham University, LLB


  • 2022
    Constitutional and Administrative Law, CUP

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Performing Identities
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council