Dr. McCrea’s is a Senior Lecturer at the UCL Faculty of Laws. His research focuses on comparative constitutional law, European Union law and public law with a particular emphasis on fundamental rights, secularism and the relationship between law and religion in liberal democracies. He was previously référendaire in the chambers of Advocate General Poiares Maduro at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. He is also a visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest where he teaches on the Comparative Constitutional Law programme and an Associate Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple. In 2014-15 he was Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.
Dr. McCrea completed his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics where he held a British Council Chevening Scholarship and an Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Award. His dissertation was awarded the University Association for Contemporary European Studies prize for best the Ph.D. thesis of 2010. He is a member of the bar of England and Wales where he was Prince of Wales Scholar of Gray’s Inn and the bar of the Republic of Ireland . Before undertaking his doctorate, he completed pupillage at Matrix Chambers in London and worked as Legal Officer of the Refugee Legal Centre. He is a former associate counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York, has advised several non-governmental organizations including Liberty, Oxfam and the National Secular Society and litigates cases in areas related to his expertise before the European Court of Human Rights.