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Dr Cian Murphy

Dr Cian Murphy

Dr Cian Murphy
BCL (Hons), LL.M, PhD

Reader in Law

Office 3.06
8-10 Berkeley Square,
Bristol, BS8 1HH
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+44 (0) 117 42 82005


Dr Murphy's research and teaching interests lie in the relationship between collective power and individual rights and the role that law plays in that relationship. His current writing focuses on the dynamics of transnational law and their impact on legality. It has been published in Transnational Legal Theory and is forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of Transnational Law. A monograph which concludes the project will be published in 2020.

Dr Murphy has served on several journal editorial boards. At present he is the Co-Editor in Chief of the Common Law World Review. He sits on the Committee of the American Society of International Law Mid-Year Meeting and Research Forum 2019. He is also the editor, with the late David D. Caron, of the Elgar Research Collection in Transnational Law, due for publication in 2020.

Dr Murphy’s first monograph, EU Counter-terrorism Law: Pre-emption & the Rule of Law, won the SLS Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship (Second Prize) in 2013, with an expanded edition published in 2015. In 2014 Dr Murphy published, with Diego Acosta Arcarazo, EU Security and Justice Law: After Lisbon and Stockholm.

Support for Dr Murphy’s research has come from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the National University of Ireland, the Modern Law Review, the EU Framework Programme 7, the Fulbright Commission and the British Academy. A selection of his research publications can be found on SSRN


Dr Cian C. Murphy is Reader in Law. Prior to coming to Bristol he was Academic Co-Director at the Georgetown University-led Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London and taught at several London universities. He has been visiting lecturer on postgraduate degrees in the UK and Ireland, and at doctoral training centres at the University of Copenhagen and University of Oxford. He has also taught on the A4ID Law and Development Training Programme and is a member of the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Research Consortium.

Dr Murphy is a member of the American Society of International Law, the Society of Legal Scholars and the Socio-Legal Studies Association. He has written for JustSecurity, EJIL:Talk!, and The Guardian, amongst others. He has spoken at the World Justice Forum in The Hague and been an advisor to a study for the European Parliament's LIBE Committee on rights of suspects of terrorism. He has given evidence to Parliament in the field of national security law and undertakes pro bono and consultancy work in this field and in international dispute resolution.


  • Law and Globalisation
  • General Principles of International Law
  • Human Rights and International Law


  • Administrative Law Bar Association American Society of International Law
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • World Justice Forum Rule of Law Research Consortium



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