UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Ronan McCrea

Prof Ronan McCrea

Professor of Constitutional and European Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2011

Research summary

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.

Teaching summary


EU and Human Rights Law

Public Law


The European Union and Human Rights Religion

State and the Law (convenor)

Theory and Practice of the ECHR


London School of Economics and Political Science
PhD, European Law | 2009
London School of Economics and Political Science
MSc, Comparative Politics | 2002
Trinity College Dublin
LLB, Law | 2001


Ronan McCrea joined UCL in September 2011 from the University of Reading where he lectured from 2009-2011. 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 and an Associate Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple. In 2014-15 he was Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. 

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.