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M.Litt Scholarships 2016-7

The University of St Andrews’ Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research invites applications for a number of scholarships for the MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies

Combining historical and contemporary approaches within one unique, cross-disciplinary, degree, the MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies introduces students to a dynamic and expanding field of research. Taught by leading experts in the field, this degree enables students to pursue an exciting programme of study through a combination of research-led taught classes and directed individual study. For further details see:

The ILCR MLitt scholarship competition is open to outstanding Home/EU and International Students who are applying for a place on the MLitt Legal and Constitutional Studies at the University of St Andrews, to commence September 2016. Awards will be made on the basis of academic merit.

Each MLitt scholarship is worth a maximum of £5K.

How to apply:

To apply for an ILCR MLitt scholarship you must:

1. Apply for a place on the MLitt Legal and Constitutional Studies via the University of St Andrews Postgraduate on-line application process:

The MLitt Legal and Constitutional Studies is a cross-disciplinary degree housed in the School of History: select “History” on the application drop-down menu when applying.

2. Send an email to Professor Caroline Humfress ( stating your name and the following declaration: “I have already applied for a place on the MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies and wish to be considered for an ILCR MLitt scholarship.”

The deadline for applications to the ILCR MLitt scholarship competition is 5pm on MAY 1 2016.

For enquiries about the MLitt Legal and Constitutional Research please contact Professor Caroline Humfress ( For more details about postgraduate study at St Andrews see

Baroness Hale Lecture Available Online

The opening lecture of the ILCR took place on Thursday 8th October. Baroness Hale provided an overview of the constitutional relationship between Westminster and the devolved parliaments of the UK. The role played by the Supreme Court in disputes concerning devolved powers was then discussed. Baroness Hale also considered the role of the Supreme Court within the political and legal framework of international law, particularly that of the European Union and the Council of Europe. The overarching theme of the lecture was the rule of law. In light of the often complex jurisdictional forces acting on the Westminster government, how might the ideas underpinning the rule of law guide the Supreme Court in its interpretation of the UK constitution?

The Institute is very grateful to Baroness Hale for delivering the lecture, the full text of which may be accessed here: The UK Supreme Court in the United Kingdom Constitution

Introducing the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research


Welcome to the University of St Andrews’ new Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research.

The Institute brings together scholars from the Schools of History, International Relations, English and beyond, together with early-career researchers and graduate students, to initiate new, cross-disciplinary, ideas and approaches. Building on the expertise of the current St Andrews Centres for ‘Global Constitutionalism’ and ‘Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature’, the new Institute’s research interests extend across the fields of legal history, legal humanities, global constitutionalism and international relations.

2015 is a particularly appropriate year for the Institute’s launch. Constitutional issues have dominated British politics to a degree unparalleled in recent decades. On a global scale, new patterns of migration pose urgent practical and theoretical challenges to existing ideas of sovereignty, citizenship, and human rights. Different conceptions of political authority are violently manifest on a worldwide scale, most obviously the Middle East.

And the year is also the 800th anniversary of the issue of Magna Carta. Magna Carta is cited rhetorically to justify a multiplicity of causes and positions. How should scholars respond to such use of the past, how ought they to contribute to contemporary debate? Should misleading use of the past be overlooked if employed for what appear good causes? And what if more convincing interpretations of the past are used for what appear malign causes?

Specific research themes within the Institute will include the nature and workings of constitution and law when sovereignty is diffuse, restricted, or absent; the characteristics of law when enforcement agencies are limited; the politics of dispute processing and settlement; and the rhetoric of law and constitutionalism. To the comparative study of law and constitution we will add an emphasis on chronological and the contextual, questioning assumptions based on ideal types resting on the characteristics of a particular system, nation, or time.

Through these themes and approaches, we aim to explore the possibilities and limitations of dominant jurisprudential traditions past and present, and to make suggestions as to how the study of our special areas of interest may in turn contribute to jurisprudential thought. Such work promises to open up new avenues for study beyond traditional legal and constitutional studies.

The Institute will sponsor and co-ordinate a wide calendar of academic events on these issues and more, cultivating dialogue and active collaboration across a co-ordinated network of participants. We look forward to you joining us.

Professors John Hudson and Caroline Humfress

John and Caroline

Director: John Hudson; Deputy Director and Postgraduate Convenor: Caroline Humfress