Brief Bio

Dr Cian C. Murphy is the 2014/15 Academic Co-Director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies and a faculty member of The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. At CTLS he teaches The Rule of Law Under Globalisation (Fall 2014) and the core course Transnational Law and Governance (Spring 2015 – co-teaching with Philomila Tsoukala). In Spring 2013, Dr Murphy was a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center and the NYU School of Law.

Before joining the King’s faculty in September 2010 Dr Murphy was Teaching Fellow at University College London and Research Fellow at City University. 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).

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 . 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.

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. Support for his 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.

At King’s, Dr Murphy serves as Chair of College Examination Misconduct & Disciplinary Committees, and has served as acting Chair of the College Research Degrees Examination Board. His previous leadership 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.

Courses taught at CTLS

  • Core Course: Introduction to Transnational Law (Spring 2015)
  • European Human Rights Advocacy Practicum (Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
  • The Rule of Law Under Globalisation (Fall 2014)