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

Professor McCrea’s research focuses on comparative constitutional law, European Union law and public law. He writes mainly on the future of the European Union and on the relationship between law and religion in liberal democracies.

Teaching summary


EU Law

Public Law


The European Union and Human Rights Religion

State and the Law (convenor)

Theory and Practice of the ECHR


King's Inns, Dublin
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Barrister Qualifiation | 2011
London School of Economics and Political Science
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2009
City, University of London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Barrister Qualifiation | 2003
London School of Economics and Political Science
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2002
Trinity College Dublin
First Degree, Bachelor of Laws | 2001


Ronan McCrea has graduate degrees in law and political science and joined UCL in 2011. He was previously a lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Reading and a référendaire (judicial clerk) in the chambers of Advocate General Poiares Maduro at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. He was also a visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest between 2010 and 2018and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence from 2014-15. He is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple. 

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. He is a regular columnist for The Irish Times newspaper on legal and EU matters.