Professor Jim Murdoch
- Professor of Public Law (Law)
Jim joined the School of Law in 1979 after qualifying as a solicitor. He read law as an undergraduate at Glasgow and has an LLM from the University of California at Berkeley. He was Head of the School of Law between 1996 and 2000.
He has taught at the Universities of Mainz, Freiburg, Hamburg, Paris Ouest and Aarhus, and was a professeur stagiaire with the Directorate of Human Rights of the Council of Europe in France. He is a regular participant in Council of Europe seminar programme visits to Central and East European states and has developed a particular interest in non-judicial human rights enforcement mechanisms. He served as one of two long-term experts on combating impunity in places of detention.
In March 2012 Jim was awarded the Pro Merito medal of the Council of Europe. The medal is the highest distinction granted by the Secretary General to individuals (or organisations) in recognition of their commitment to the Council of Europe’s values and work. In June 2018, he was awarded a CBE for services to education and human rights.
British public law (in particular, Scottish constitutional law, and 'incorporation' of human rights guarantees into domestic law). European human rights protection (in particular, European human rights machinery,including European Convention on Human Rights, European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, and non-judicial mechanisms for human rights protection).
Murdoch, J. (2012) Protecting the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion under the European Convention on Human Rights. Series: Council of Europe Human Rights Handbooks. Council of Europe: Strasbourg.
Professor Murdoch has been awarded the following grant:
Scottish Executive “Human Rights in Scottish Courts Research” awarded to Prof Jim Murdoch and Prof Tom Mullen, University of Glasgow and Prof Alan Miller, University of Strathclyde. Conducting research into the use of new human rights remedies which became available in Scotland following devolution under the Scotland Act 1998 and the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Prof Jim Murdoch was awarded £7,650 in 2011 from the Council of Europe for research on Human Rights in Moldovia.
Research Students Under Supervision
Budur Alnefaie - 'The role of the ombudsman in protection human rights in the UK compared with the legal situation in Saudi Arabia'