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).
Senior Lecturer in Law
Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

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Ronan McCrea joined UCL in September 2011 as Lecturer in Laws and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013. In November 2011 he began a three year term as academic fellow of the Inner Temple. He was previously a Lecturer at the University of Reading and a référendaire (judicial clerk) in the chambers of Advocate General Poiares Maduro at the Court of Justice of the European Union 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 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.


  • Religion and the Public Order of the European Union, Oxford University Press, Oxford Studies in European Law,  (October 2010) (paperback version forthcoming 2013).
    • 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 [2011] 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) 354 pp.(part-funded by a grant from the Centre National du Livre (Paris).

Journal Articles:

Book chapters:

  • “Article 10: Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion” in S. Peers, T. Hervey, J. Kenner and A. Ward (eds.) The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2013).     
  • “Ireland” in M.Hill (ed.) Religion and Discrimination in the European Union, (Trier, The European Consortium for Church-State Research, 2012) .
  • Rhetoric, Choices and the Constitution” in E. Carolan (ed.) The Constitution of Ireland: Perspectives and Prospects (Dublin, Bloomsbury,  2013).
  • “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)
  • Contributions to Law and Policy Making in a Secular Political Order: The Approach of European Institutions” in L. Leustean (ed.) Does God Matter? Representing Religion in the European Union (London, Routledge Press, 2012).

Policy Papers :

Blog Posts:

Work in progress:

  • “De-Facto Secularism in a Diversifying Religious Environment”
  • “EU Law and Employment Equality Exemptions in Ireland”

Policy papers/Newspaper articles:

Current Teaching
EU and Human Rights Law
Public Law

Human Rights in Europe
Religion, State and the Law (convenor)

PhD Supervision

  • Ashleigh Keall (the notion of harm and freedom of religion)
  • David Yuratich (theories of democracy in the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union).

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