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Dr Cian C Murphy

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Dr Cian C. Murphy is the Academic Co-Director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies – a Georgetown University led partnership of law schools in which King’s plays a key role. At CTLS he teaches The Rule of Law Under Globalisation, European Human Rights Advocacy (experiential learning course with Nuala Mole of The AIRE Centre) and the core course An Introduction to Transnational Law and Governance.

Before joining the King's faculty in September 2010 Dr Murphy was Teaching Fellow at University College London and Research Fellow at City University. In Spring 2013, Dr Murphy was a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center and the NYU School of Law. He has been Visiting Lecturer on the LL.M degrees at NUI Galway (2012) and Queen Mary University of London (2014). Dr Murphy holds degrees from University College Cork (BCL, 2005) and King's College London (LL.M, 2006 & Ph.D, 2010).

At King's, Dr Murphy serves as Chair of College Examination Misconduct & Disciplinary Committees, and has served on the College Research Degrees Examination Board. His previous roles also include Director of Graduate Research Studies, Head of Graduate Studies for Law, and Chair of the Examination Board for the MA Criminology and Criminal Justice. 

Dr Murphy is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars, the Socio-Legal Studies Association, and the American Society of International Law. He serves on the editorial board of the King’s Law Journal. In public debate Dr Murphy has written for Human Rights in Ireland and The Guardian. He was a legal consultant in the leading case, C-584/10 P Commission v Kadi, before the European Court of Justice. 


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 publications examine transnational governance, counter-terrorism law, security co-operation, and human rights. His most recent monograph, EU Counter-terrorism Law: Pre-emption & the Rule of Law, won the SLS Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship (Second Prize) in 2013. Dr Murphy also recently 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 Murphy's current writing focuses on the dynamics of transnational law and will result in a monograph, Control Beyond the State, to be published in 2015.

PhD Supervision 

Dr Murphy supervises projects in the fields of transnational law, European criminal justice, European public law, terrorism and the law, and on systems of human rights protection. His current supervisees are: 

    Adrienne Yong: ‘EU Citizenship and Human Rights Law’

    Ermioni Xanthopolou: ‘The Principle of Proportionality in EU Criminal Law’

    Sofia Marques da Silva: ‘EU Security: An Institutional Choice Analysis’

    Seosamh O’Longaigh: ‘Asset Forfeiture in the United States of America’

    Rachel Joyce: ‘The Sri Lankan Discourse at the End of the Civil War’

    Ned Djordjevic: ‘The Exclusion of Serious Criminals from International Refugee Protection’ 

Dr Murphy’s former supervisees are:

       Dr Charilaos Nikolaidis: ‘Equality and The Quest for Substance in European Human Rights Law’ (2013).

Selected Recent Publications

Monographs & Edited Collections 

    EU Security and Justice Law: After Lisbon and Stockholm (Hart Publishing, 2014, editor with Diego Acosta Arcarazo). [Introduction Chapter] [Book Launch: Story | Photography]

    EU Counter-Terrorism: Pre-emption & Rule of Law (Hart Publishing, 2012) – winner of SLS Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship (Second Prize) 2013.

    Law & Outsiders (Hart Publishing, 2011, editor with Green).

Other Books

    Getting a PhD in Law (Hart Publishing, 2011, with Morris). 

Book Chapters

     ‘Counter-Terrorism Law and Judicial Review: the Challenge for the Court of Justice of the European Union’ in Davis & De Londras (eds) Critical Debates on Counter-Terrorism Judicial Review (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

    ‘The Legal Response to Terrorism of the European Union and Council of Europe’ in Saul (ed) Research Handbook on Terrorism and International Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014).

    Proscription of Organisations in UK Counter-Terrorism Law’ in Cameron (ed) Legal Aspects of EU Sanctions (Intersentia, 2013, co-author with Marques da Silva).

    'Secret Evidence in EU Security Law: Special Advocates before the Court of Justice?’ in Cole, Fabbrini & Vedaschi (eds) Secrecy, National Security & the Vindication of Constitutional Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013).

Articles & Notes

    Using the Charter of Fundamental Rights Against Private Parties after Association de Mediation Sociale (2014) European Human Rights Law Review 170.

    Counter-terrorism and the Culture of Legality: the Case of Special Advocates’ (2013) King’s Law Journal 19.

     Human Rights Law and the Challenges of Explicit Judicial Dialogue’ NYU Jean Monnet Working Paper 10/2012.

    View full list of Dr Murphy’s publications on King's Research Portal.



        Public Law

        European Law


        Security & Justice in EU Law

    Center for Transnational Legal Studies

        The Rule of Law Under Globalisation

        European Human Rights Advocacy

        An Introduction to Transnational Law & Governance

    Graduate Research

           Methodology and Method in Legal Research 

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