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Mr Kyle Murray, LLB, MJur (Dunelm)

Teaching Fellow in the Durham Law School

Contact Mr Kyle Murray (email at k.l.murray@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Born and raised in the North East, Kyle joined Durham Law School as Teaching Fellow in Public Law and Human Rights in 2017, having been a part-time tutor of UK Constitutional Law for three years, and completing his undergraduate (LLB - 2010-2013) and postgraduate (MJur - 2013-2015) degrees at Durham.

Kyle's Master of Jurisprudence thesis - The Constitutionalist Debate: A Sceptical Take (supervised by Professor Gavin Phillipson and Dr Alexander Williams) - took a pragmatic anti-realist, and strongly anti-foundationalist (some may say "nihilist") philosophical approach to criticise the current constitutionalist debate over where and how decision-making power in a constitution should be distributed, particularly concerning rights issues. It was examined, and passed unconditionally, by Professors William Lucy (Durham) and Ian Ward (Newcastle). His work and PhD thesis very much continues down (and slowly out of) this sceptical black hole, applying his sceptical philosophy to constitutional theory (see below), and other issues in society.

Aside from law, Kyle is active in mainstream regional and national politics - he is a local Conservative candidate in his home borough of Gateshead, and is currently serving as Deputy Chairman (Political) of the Gateshead branch of the Conservative Party. Tweets at @KyleLMurray92.

Current Research

His current PhD research (supervised by Professor Gavin Phillipson), tentatively titled The Sceptic's Constitution, and supported by a Durham Law School scholarship, seeks to develop the line of inquiry raised by his MJur thesis' negative arguments: What would, or what could, a constitution justifiable to the moral sceptic look like? A critical examination of various issues of constitutional design - driven by the sceptical perspective - will be undertaken with the aim of informing an (at least partial) answer to this question.

Research Groups

Human Rights Centre

Teaching

  • UK Constitutional Law
  • Advanced Issues in Public Law
  • The Individual and The State
  • Law, Sex and Crime

Research Interests

  • Constitutional Theory
  • Philosophy, Moral Theory & Political Theory
  • Jurisprudence
  • Human Rights
  • Gender and equality

Teaching Areas

  • UK Constitutional Law

  • Advanced Issues in Public Law
  • Law, Sex and Crime

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Murray, K.L. (with Phillipson, Gavin) (2016). Chapter 12 - The Central Executive: Structures and Accountability. In Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights. Fenwick, Helen, Phillipson, Gavin & Williams, Alexander Routledge.
  • Murray, K.L. (with Phillipson, Gavin) (2016). Chapter 8 - The Commons: Elections, Parties, Legislation and Scrutiny. In Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights. Fenwick, Helen, Phillipson, Gavin & Williams, Alexander Routledge.

Conference Paper

  • Murray, K.L. (2017), Authoritatively (Anti) Authoritarian? A Sceptical Take on Entrenchment, 'Forty Years On From 'The Political Constitution' – Reflections on Law, Politics and Authority in J.A.G. Griffith’s Chorley Lecture', MLR Workshop. School of Law, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Murray, K.L. & Beattie, T. (2017). The Case of Gayle Newland: Permission, Prosthetics, and Penal Justice. Blogpost.

Presentation

  • Murray, K.L. (2014), Rawls on Justice and Rights - There's Madness in the Method, 'Rights and Freedoms: the United Kingdom, Europe and Beyond' - Durham Law School Annual Postgraduate Conference. St. Mary's College, Durham University, United Kingdom., St. Mary's College, Durham University.

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