The University of St Andrews’ Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research is dedicated to fostering a large and lively community of postgraduate students, post-doctoral scholars and academic staff drawn from the Schools of History; International Relations; Philosophy, Social Anthropology, Film and Music; and beyond, in addition to hosting Visiting Scholars and other legal professionals from around the world.

All permanent academic staff at the University of St Andrews are happy to discuss applications for doctoral study from suitably-qualified applicants. For further details on permament academic staff at St Andrews who are members of the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research see here:

For advice on how to apply for a PhD place at the University of St Andrews see here:

The University of St Andrews is committed to its large and flourishing community of PhD students and offer a range of postgraduate conferences, resources, international exchanges and teaching opportunities.

For further information on doing a PhD in the School of History see here:

For further information on doing a PhD in the School of International Relations see here:

For further information on doing a PhD in the School of Philosophy, Social Anthropology, Film and Music follow the further links here:

Advice on PhD funding can be found here:

Current and recent PhD students with topics relevant to legal and constitutional research include:


Nathan Alexander “Atheists and Racial Thought in Britain and the United States, c. 1850-1914” [Prof. Colin Kidd]

Morag Campbell “Madness and childbirth in nineteenth century Scotland” [Prof. Rab Houston]

Richard Daglish “Decolonising White Africa: Examining the Experiences of Algerians and Kenyans” [Dr Stephen Tyre]

Abe Davies “Early modern English poetics and dramaturgy of soul, spirit and ghost” [Dr Alex Davis]

Will Eves “The Assize of Mort d’Ancestor from Glanvill to Bractonc. 1188-1230″ [Prof. John Hudson]

Sarah Greer “Memory and identity in Ottonian female monasteries, 850-1024” [Prof. Simon MacLean]

Adam Grimshaw “Anglo-Swedish Commercial Contact and Commodity Exchange in the Seventeenth Century” [Prof. Steve Murdoch]

Helga Hafliðadóttir [Prof. Tony Lang]

Louise Heren “Male Violence in Scotland in the interwar period” [Dr. James Nott & Dr. William Knox]

Joshua Hey “Political Oaths in England” [Prof. John Hudson]

Cory Hitt “Law & honour in medieval Iceland and France” [Prof. John Hudson]

Ingrid Ivarsen “Linguistic form and legal function of early medieval laws” (from Sept. 2017) [Prof. John Hudson and Prof. Caroline Humfress]

Saskia Limbach “Government Use of Print in the Holy Roman Empire in the 16th Century” [Prof. Andrew Pettegree]

James McMordie “Neoclassical Realism and European Responses to the Ukrainian Crisis” [Dr. Ryan Beasley]

Lina Malagon “Transitional justice, constitutional law and human rights” [Dr. Javier Argomaniz. Second supervisor. Dr. Tim Wilson]

Agnieszka Mikolajczyk “The Past as a Mirror of Present: Ideology in the Kings Sagas” [Dr Alex Woolf]

David Miles “Power Under Law: Sovereignty, State, and the Judicialisation of Representative Democracy in American and German Constitutionalism” [Prof. Tony Lang]

Andreas Papamichail [Prof. Tony Lang and Prof. Patrick Hayden]

Jonathan Paquette “Scottish Unionist and Tory Ideas in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries” [Prof. Colin Kidd]

Scott Reid “Constitutional Ideas in Scottish Political Thought, c. 1880-1914” [Prof. Colin Kidd, St Andrews and Prof. Ewen Cameron, Edinburgh]

Christof Royer “R2P, the International Criminal Court, and the Struggle against Evil in International Relations” [Prof. Tony Lang]

Jenna Sapiano “Courting Peace: Peace Constitutions and Jurisprudence” [Prof. Tony Lang]

Christiana Spens “Playing the Villain: Understanding the Portrayal and Punishment of Terrorists” [Prof. Alex Danchev and Dr. Gilbert Ramsay]

Zoe Sutherland “The interconnections between legal philosophy and imaginative literature in early modern English drama, and how this relates to questions of freedom and equality in present-day International Human Rights Law” [Prof. Lorna Hutson]

Sarah White: “Legal Arguments and Equity in Church Courts in England in the Thirteenth Century” [Prof. John Hudson]

Zhu Xiaojing: “Roman Law” (Visiting PhD Student from Jan 2017) [Prof. Caroline Humfress]