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Lawrence McNamara


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I joined York Law School in 2017.

Prior to coming to YLS I was an academic in Australian law schools for ten years before moving the to the UK in 2007 to take up a post at the University of Reading where I was a Reader in Law and Director of Postgraduate Research.  I have held various adjunct and visiting positions in Australia and the USA. From 2009-13 I held a joint ESRC/AHRC Global Uncertainties Fellowship in Ideas and Beliefs, which supported the "Law, Terrorism and the Right to Know" research programme.  In 2013, I left the university sector to join an NGO, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), where I was Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director of BIICL’s Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.  I am now part-time (0.8) at YLS and part-time (0.2) at the Bingham Centre.

Research interests

Counter-terrorism and national security

Transparency, accountability and open justice

Media law

Rule of law and public law

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

Apr 2013 → …

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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