Barrister at Law (Republic of Ireland, 2011), Ph.D. (LSE, 2009), Barrister (England and Wales, 2003), M.Sc. (Comparative Politics, LSE, 2002), LL.B. (Trinity College Dublin, 2001).
Lecturer in Law
Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
Ronan McCrea joined UCL in September 2011 from the University of Reading where he lectured from 2009-2011. In November 2011 he began a three year term as academic fellow of the Inner Temple. He was previously référendaire in the chambers of Advocate General Poiares Maduro at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. He is also a visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest where he teaches on the Comparative Constitutional Law programme.
Dr. McCrea completed his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics where he held a British Council Chevening Scholarship and an Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award. His dissertation was awarded the University Association for Contemporary European Studies prize for best the Ph.D. thesis of 2010. He is a member of the bar of England and Wales where he was Prince of Wales Scholar of Gray’s Inn and the bar of the Republic of Ireland . Before undertaking his doctorate, he completed pupillage at Matrix Chambers in London and worked as Legal Officer of the Refugee Legal Centre. He is a former associate counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, has advised several non-governmental organizations including Liberty, Oxfam and the National Secular Society and litigates cases in areas related to his expertise before the European Court of Human Rights.
Dr. McCrea’s research focuses on comparative constitutional law, European Union law and public law with a particular emphasis on fundamental rights, secularism and the relationship between law and religion in liberal democracies.
Shortlisted for the John Birks Prize of the Society of Legal Scholars
Winner of the Research Endowment Trust Fund Prize for Best Social Science Research of 2010
Reviewed in the Modern Law Review (2011) 74 (6) MLR 974-977, the Yearbook of European Law  YEL 488-492, the European Law Journal 18 ELJ (2012) 169-171, Politics Religion and Ideology Vol. 12 (4) (2011) 484-485, the Irish Jurist Vol. XLVI (2011) 368-370, Journal of Common Market Studies JCMS 2012 Vol. 50 (2) 358-359, the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion OLJR (2012) 1-6.
Religion et l’Ordre juridique de l’Union européenne, translated by Isabelle Blake-James, Bruylant/Groupe de Boeck, (Brussels, 2013, forthcoming).
“Limitations on Religion in a Liberal Democratic Public Order: Christianity, Islam and the Partial Secularity of the European Union” The Yearbook of European Law 2008, Oxford University Press,  YEL 195.
“L’Interdiction du Port du Voile Intégral et l’Ordre Publique Européen” in O. Roy Quand la Burqa Passe à l’Oeust: Enjeux Politiques et Légaux (Rennes, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2013, forthcoming)