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McCrudden, J. Christopher

L. Bates Lea Global Professor of Law

437 Hutchings Hall

Christopher McCrudden, an L. Bates Lea Global Professor of Law 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. Professor McCrudden teaches in the areas of international, European, and comparative human rights at Michigan Law. Professor McCrudden is the author, most recently, of Litigating Religions: An Essay on Human Rights, Courts, and Beliefs (OUP, 2018), about the relationship between religion and human rights law. An earlier book, Buying Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 2007), examined 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. He has co-authored (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. He also has edited the multi-disciplinary volume, Understanding Human Dignity (Oxford University Press, 2013). In addition, 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. He also serves on the European Commission's Expert Network on the Application of the Gender Equality Directives, and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Human Rights Advisory Panel. Professor McCrudden holds an LLB from Queen's University Belfast, an LLM from Yale Law School, and both a DPhil and DCL 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, and a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2018. He is chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Advanced Studies (the Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin.

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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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The Belfast-Good Friday Agreement, Brexit, and Rights. University of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 577. Working Paper.
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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.
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Northern Ireland and 'Brexit': The European Economic Area Option. B. Doherty et al., co-authors. U of Michigan Law & Economics Research Paper No. 16-038. Working Paper.
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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.
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"On Portraying Human Dignity." In Human Dignity in Context: Explorations of a Contested Concept, edited by Alexandra Kemmerer, Christoph Möllers, and Dieter Grimm, 25-54 Recht im Kontext, 5. Baden-Baden, Germany: Nomos, 2018.
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"Miller and Northern Ireland: A Critical Constitutional Response." Daniel Halberstam, co-author. In The UK Supreme Court Yearbook, edited by D. Clarry, 8, 299-343. Cambridge: Appellate Press, 2018.
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"Marriage Registrars, Same-Sex Relationships, and Religious Discrimination in the European Court of Human Rights." In The Conscience Wars: Rethinking the Balance between Religion, Identity, and Equality, edited by Susanna Mancini and Michel Rosenfeld, 414-62. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Litigating Religions: An Essay on Human Rights, Courts, and Beliefs. The Alberico Gentili Lectures, 2015. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

"Human Rights Theory and Comparative International Law Scholarship." In The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice: A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Courts, edited by Lisa Waddington and Anna Lawson, 594-608. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
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"Comparative International Law and Human Rights: A Value-Added Approach." In Comparative International Law, edited by Anthea Roberts, Paul B. Stephan, Pierre-Hugues Verdier, and Mila Versteeg, 439-58. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

"CEDAW in National Courts: A Case Study in Operationalizing Comparative International Law Analysis in a Human Rights Context." In Comparative International Law, edited by Anthea Roberts, Paul B. Stephan, Pierre-Hugues Verdier, and Mila Versteeg, 459-500. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.

"The Dark Side of Nudging: The Ethics, Political Economy, and Law of Libertarian Paternalism." J. King, co-author. In Choice Architecture in Democracies: Exploring the Legitimacy of Nudging, edited by A. Kemmerer et al., 75-139. Recht im Kontext, 6. Baden-Baden, Germany: Nomos, 2017.
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"Is the Principal Function of International Human Rights Law to Address the Pathologies of International Law?" Review of The Sovereignty of Human Rights, by Patrick Macklem. U. Toronto L.J. 67, no. 4 (2017): 623-36.
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"Why Northern Ireland's Institutions Need Stability." J. McGarry, B. O'Leary, and A. Schwartz, co-authors. Gov't & Opposition 51, no. 1 (2016): 30-58.
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"The New Architecture of EU Equality Law after CHEZ: Did the Court of Justice Reconceptualise Direct and Indirect Discrimination?" Eur. Equality L. Rev. 2016, no. 1 (2016): 1-10.
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