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McCrudden, J. Christopher

William W. Cook Global Law Professor


Christopher McCrudden, a William W. Cook Global Law Professor at Michigan Law, is a professor of human rights and equality law at Queens University Belfast, and a practicing barrister-at-law with Blackstone Chambers. Specializing in human rights, he concentrates on issues of equality and discrimination as well as the relationship between international and comparative human rights law. Prof. McCrudden teaches in the areas of international, European, and comparative human rights at Michigan Law, where he has been on leave since 2011. He will return to Michigan in fall 2015. Prof. McCrudden is the author of Buying Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 2007), a book about the relationship between public procurement and equality, for which he was awarded a certificate of merit by the American Society of International Law in 2008, and (with Brendan O'Leary) Courts and Consociations (Oxford University Press, 2013), about the tensions between human rights and ethnic power-sharing arrangements that are common in peace agreements. Most recently, he has edited the multi-disciplinary volume, Understanding Human Dignity (Oxford University Press, 2013). He serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, and the Journal of International Economic Law, and is co-editor of the Law in Context series. He serves on the European Commission's Expert Network on the Application of the Gender Equality Directives. Prof. McCrudden holds an LLB from Queen's University Belfast, an LLM from Yale Law School, and a DPhil from Oxford. In addition, Queen's University Belfast awarded him an honorary LLD in 2006. He was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2008. In 2011, he was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for three years. During 2013-2014, he was a fellow at the Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice at New York University Law School. During 2014-2015, he is serving as a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin.

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Human Rights, Southern Voices, and 'Traditional Values' at the United Nations. Univ. of Michigan Public Law & Legal Theory Research Paper Series, no. 419. Working Paper, 2014.
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Reva Siegel and the Role of Religion in Constructing the Meaning of "Human Dignity". University of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 320. Working Paper, 2013.
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Co-author. The Future of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. J. Dutheil de la Rochère and G. De Búrca, co-authors. NYU School of Law, Jean Monnet Working Paper Series, no. 10/01. Working Paper.
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Editor. Understanding Human Dignity. Proceedings of the British Academy, 192. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

"In Pursuit of Human Dignity: An Introduction to Current Debates." In Understanding Human Dignity, edited by C. McCrudden. Proceedings of the British Academy, 192. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
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​"Dignity and Religion." In Islam and English Law: Rights, Responsibilities and the Place of Shari'a, edited by R. Griffith-Jones, 94-106. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

​Co-author. Courts and Consociations: Human Rights versus Power-Sharing. B. O'Leary, co-author. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

​Co-author. "Courts and Consociations, or How Human Rights Courts May De-Sensitize Power-Sharing Settlements." B.O'Leary, co-author. Eur. J. Int'l L. 24, no. 2 (2013): 477-501.
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"Two Views of Subordination: The Personal Scope of Employment Discrimination Law in Jivraj v. Hashwani." Indus. L. J. 41 (2012): 30-55.

"The Ruffert Case and Public Procurement." In Market Integration and Public Services in the European Union, edited by M. Cremona, 117-48. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2011.

"Religion, Human Rights, Equality and the Public Sphere." Ecc. L. J. 13, no. 1 (2011): 26-38.

"Religion and Education in Northern Ireland: Voluntary Segregation Reflecting Historical Divisions." In Law, Religious Freedoms and Education in Europe, edited by M. Hunter-Henin, 133-52. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2011.

Foreword to Reflections on 'The Concept of Law', by A. W. B. Simpson, v-viii. Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2011).

"Multiculturalism, Freedom of Religion, Equality, and the British Constitution: The JFS Case Considered." Int'l J. Const. L. 9, no. 1 (2011): 200-29.
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​"Equality and Non-discrimination." In English Public Law. 2nd ed., edited by D. Feldman, 499-572. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2011.

Co-author. "Affirmative Action Without Quotas in Northern Ireland." R. Muttarak, H. Hamill, and A. Heath, co-authors. In Positive Maßnahmen: Von Antidiskriminierung zu Diversity, edited by A. Merx and O. Drossou, 61-5. Berlin: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 2010.

"Human Rights Codes for Transnational Corporations: What Can the Sullivan and MacBride Principles Tell Us?" In Human Rights and Corporations, edited by D. Kinley, 67-101. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate Publishing Co., 2009. (Published under the same title in Oxford J. Legal Stud. 19, no. 2 (1999): 167-201.)
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"EC Public Procurement Law and Equality Linkages: Foundations for Interpretation." In Social and Environmental Policies in EC Procurement Law: New Directions and New Directives, edited by S. Arrowsmith and P. Kunslik, 271-309. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009. (Adapted from a chapter of the same title in hi Buying Social Justice: Equality, Government Procurement, and Legal Change. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2007.)
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