Mr Cameron-Wong McDermott

  • Lecturer in Social Change and Clinical Legal Education, Tutor - Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (School of Law)

Biography

Cameron is as a Lecturer in Social Change and Clinical Legal Education. He holds undergraduate and professional qualifications from the University of Glasgow (LLB with First Class Honours and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice). He qualified as a solicitor in 2016. Cameron’s academic practice is shaped by his background in human rights litigation, policy development and advocacy. From 2016 to 2020, he served as a legal officer at the European Court of Human Rights, where he worked on a broad array of cases relating to immigration and asylum, fair trial rights, and children’s rights. He has previously worked in legal and policy roles at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland.

Cameron works within the Glasgow Open Justice Centre, where he leads on the development and management of partnerships and clinic-based projects at the School of Law. His clinical practice sits at the intersection of law, social justice, and community empowerment.  He is a director of the Community Legal Education Programme, which aims to enhance the legal literacy and capability of vulnerable and marginalised groups. He is currently leading on the development of a Law and Social Change Clinic, which will take a human rights-based approach to addressing social justice issues, exposing students to legal and political strategies to drive social change. He is also a member of the Staff-Student Forum on Decolonising the School of Law.

Cameron’s teaching and research interests lie in the field of human rights and equality law, socio-economic rights, and access to justice. He has experience of providing advice to Governments, Parliaments, and civil society on the application of the international human rights framework to domestic law, policy, and practice. He is particularly interested in racial discrimination and the rights of minority groups, and the rights of children and young people. He is also keen to develop scholarship on clinical legal education, focusing on exploring the possibilities and limitations of law school clinics in achieving social change. He is interested in exploring the use socio-legal and inter-disciplinary methodologies.

Teaching

  • Introduction to Legal Studies (LLB Scots Law)
  • Access to Justice in Theory and Practice (Honours)
  • European Human Rights Project (Honours)
  • National Human Rights Law (LLM)

Additional information

  • Member of the Law Society of Scotland (Non-practising member)