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  • York Law School
    University of York
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Dr. Lawrence McNamara



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