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Queen's Univ., Belfast (LLB 1974)
Yale Univ. (Harkness Fellow, 1974–76; LLM 1975)
Oxford University: MA 1980, DPhil 1981
Christopher McCrudden is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast (1970-1974). He was awarded a Harkness Felllowship in 1974 and spent two years at Yale Law School (1974-76), and then at Oxford University as a doctoral student, first at Nuffield College (1976-77), and then at Balliol College as a Junior Research Fellow (1977-80). He was elected as Fellow and Tutor in Law at Lincoln College, and CUP Lecturer in the Oxford Law Faculty in 1980, and Professor of Human Rights Law in 1998. He is a barrister at the English Bar (Grays Inn) and has been called to the Northern Ireland Bar; he is a Non-Resident Tenant at Blackstone Chambers. He is currently William W. Cook Global Law Professor (currently on leave). Specializing in human rights, he concentrates on issues of equality and discrimination, as well as the relationship between international economic law and human rights. He is the author of Buying Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 2007), a book about the relationship between public procurement and equality, for which he was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the American Society of International Law in 2008. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, and the Journal of International Economic Law, and is co-editor of the Law in Context series. He serves on the European Commission’s Expert Network on the Application of the Gender Equality Directives and is a scientific director of the European Commission’s network of experts on non-discrimination. In 2006, Queen’s University, Belfast, awarded him an honorary LLD. He was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2008. In 2011, he was awarded a three-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.
Professor McCrudden’s current research involves two major projects. The first, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, with Professor Anthony Heath and Dr Heather Hamill, is an empirical study of the operation of affirmative action policies in the Northern Ireland labour market. In the second, which he will be carrying out as part of his Leverhulme Fellowship (2011-2014), he will work on an integrated theory of comparative human rights law. As part of this, he is currently working on the concept of human dignity and is organising a major conference on the issues involved at Rhodes House, Oxford during June 2012.
Selected Recent Publications
‘Two Views of Subordination: the Personal Scope of Employment Discrimination
Law in Jivraj v Hashwani,’ Industrial Law Journal (forthcoming, 2012)
‘Multiculturalism, freedom of religion, equality, and the British constitution: The JFS case considered’, International Journal of Constitutional Law 2011 9: 200-229
‘The Ru¨ffert Case and Public Procurement’, in Marise Cremona (ed.), Market Integration and Public Services within the EU (OUP, 2011)
‘Equality and Non-Discrimination’, in David Feldman (ed), English Public Law (2nd ed.,
‘Affirmative Action Without Quotas in Northern Ireland,’ with R. Muttarak, H. Hamill, and A. Heath, co-authors, in Positive Maßnahmen: Von Antidiskriminierung zu Diversity, edited by A. Merx and O. Drossou, 61-5. Berlin: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 2010.
‘Human Dignity and Judicial Interpretation of Human Rights,’ Eur. J. Int’l L. 19, no. 4 (2008): 655-724.
‘Northern Ireland and the British Constitution since the Belfast Agreement,’ In The Changing Constitution. 6th ed., edited by J. Jowell and D. Oliver, 227-67, Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2007.
‘Equality Legislation and Reflexive Regulation: A Response to the Discrimination Law Review’s Consultative Paper,’ Indus. L.J. 36, no. 3 (2007): 255-66.
‘Consociationalism, Equality, and Minorities in the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Debate: The Role of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities,’ in Judges, Transition and Human Rights, edited by J. Morison, K. McEvoy and G. Anthony, 315-54. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2007.
Buying Social Justice: Equality, Government Procurement, and Legal Change. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2007.