Christopher M J Boyd



PhD Topic 

(In)security and Superfluity: the Regulation of Work(ers) in the Contemporary Global Order 


Professor Emilios Christodoulidis
Dr Akbar Rasulov


Christopher holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in law from the University of Glasgow, where he is currently studying for his Doctorate.  He is active within two of the School of Law's research groups: (Legal Theory and International Law, Conflict and Security) and is a recipient of the David Theodore Lowe Prize in Jurisprudence and awards from the WS Educational Scholarship Trust, Clark Foundation for Legal Education, and Altona Foundation for Philosophical Research. 

Alongside teaching at universities across Scotland, Christopher has worked as a reviewer for Glasgow's postgraduate journal eSharp, and developed and delivered training to public and charity-sector bodies across the UK including Citizens Advice Bureaux and the Equality Advisory and Support Service.  

In addition to his research and teaching, Christopher is a qualified solicitor and notary public.  He also holds a commission from the Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet. 

While undertaking his Masters, he completed a traineeship with Dundas & Wilson CS LLP (now part of global law firm CMS) and worked for the Office of the Solicitor to the Advocate General in Edinburgh.  Upon qualifying, Christopher practiced at the Govan Law Centre and Ethnic Minorities Law Centre (where he also managed a number of grant-funded projects) before moving to Aberdeen to join, and later lead, the Employment Law department of Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace.  He was most recently engaged as an Associate by Morton Fraser LLP, and remains available for instruction as a consultant.

Christopher is a member of many professional organisations including:

  • Employment Lawyers Association (Scotland Steering Committee)
  • European International Studies Association 
  • European Society of International Law
  • Law Society of Scotland
  • Society of International Economic Law
  • Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet

Research Interests

  • Public International Law
  • Laws governing Labour and Migration
  • Equality and Human Rights Law
  • Critical Legal and Political Theory



Previous teaching experience 

Robert Gordons University, Jan 2016 – Mar 2017, P/T Lecturer
LL.M in Employment Law & Practice: (i) Equality & Non-discrimination Law, and (ii) Employment Contracts & Rights modules

Robert Gordons University, Sept 2013 – May 2014,  P/T Lecturer
Postgraduate Diploma Company & Commercial course 

Strathclyde University, Sept 2012 – June 2013, Course Tutor
Undergraduate Discrimination Law course 

University of Glasgow, Sept 2011 – Nov 2011, Course Tutor
Undergraduate Jurisprudence course

Organisational tasks

eSharp Journal, 2009 – 2012, Peer-reviewer


2017 - Altona Foundation for Philosophical Research

2017 - Clark Foundation for Legal Education

2016 - WS Educational Scholarship Trust

2008 - David Theodore Lowe Prize in Jurisprudence



Employment Law Update SCOLAG Legal Journal iss.468 2016 pp. 201-205 (co-author: Innes Clark)

Duty Calls: the effect of current technology on directors’ legal duties New Law Journal vol.166(7690) 2011

Can a Marxist Believe in Human Rights? Critique vol. 37(04) 2009 pp. 579-600

Studying Student Protest Scottish Left Review (Issue 52) 2009 pp. 22-23

The Demise of State Legitimacy: is Globalisation the Villain of the Piece? Groundings, vol. 2, Sept. 2008 pp. 30-48 

Book reviews

Review: M. Neocleous, Critique of Security Critique vol. 38(01) 2010 pp. 165-167 

Conference papers

Avenues for Future Research: Labour, Migration and the Spectre of Superfluity Workshop on Law, State, and Marxism: Setting the Research Agenda (SOAS, July 2017)

Mobile Capital, Migrant Labour: a bottom-up account of the interaction of IEL and globalised un(der)employment 6th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (Tilburg University, April 2017)

Superfluity beyond the Scrapheap: a Framework for the Current Crisis Postgraduate Research Seminar (Glasgow University, Dec 2016)

Speaking of International Law and Power: Discourse as the Nexus of Structure and Practice Research Workshop: Against False Continuities: Structures and Genealogies of International Law (Glasgow University, May 2016)

International Law(yers): a class-theoretical critique of practice and the profession Historical Materialism Journal: Tenth Annual Conference.  (SOAS/Birkbeck, Nov 2013)

The Condensation of a Relationship: Poulantzas and International Legal Theory Glasgow Conversations in International Law (Glasgow University, Oct 2013)

Employment Law in the Age of the Equality Act: Trials(, Tribunals) and Tribulations Kent Critical Law Society Conference (University of Kent – Canterbury, March 2012)

Transnational Constitutionalism in the Global State COST Action – PhD Training School (European University Institute – Florence, Oct 2011)

Pouring Content into Form: Examining the (Re)production of Disadvantage in the International Legal Order Towards a Radical International Law Workshop (LSE/SOAS/Birkbeck, May 2010)

Controlling the Imperial Global State: the Transnational Capitalist Class  Glasgow Conversations in International Law (Glasgow University, Dec 2010)

From Marx to Miéville: An Examination of the Contemporary Left’s Account of (International) Law Historical Materialism Journal: Seventh Annual Conference.  (SOAS/Birkbeck – London, Nov 2010)

Legally Bound: Locating a Just Politics Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rightsfourth annual postgraduate conference.  (University College Cork, Apr 2010)

Security as a Boundary of a Just Politics Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rightsthird annual postgraduate conference (University College Cork, May 2009) 

Blog posts

“Law and labelling: Uber and (non)workers” UoG School of Law Blog 4 Nov 2016 (

“Modern Slavery Act Statements” Morton Fraser Blog 26 Oct 2016 (

“UK Government consult on public sector exit payments and caste discrimination” Morton Fraser Blog 26 Oct 2016 (

"Ask a Lawyer" NIDOS Newsletter 5 Sept 2016 (