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Durham University

Durham Law School

Staff profile

Mr Kyle Murray, LLB, MJur, AFHEA (Dunelm)

Teaching Fellow in the Durham Law School
Room number: PCL135

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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. In 2017 he was awarded Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. 

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 main 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), 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 constitutional theory justifiable to the moral sceptic look like? A critical examination of core 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. In doing so, the widely-held assumption that a rejection of objective moral truth is an entirely destructive, even dangerous, theoretical position is taken head-on. Current working title: The Road from Nowhere: Towards an Anti-Foundationalist Constitutional Theory.

Office Hours

Wednesdays & Fridays, 11-12 in PCL 178.

Research Groups

Human Rights Centre


Current Teaching:

Previous Teaching:

Research Interests

  • Constitutional Theory
  • Philosophy, Moral Theory & Political Theory
  • Jurisprudence
  • Human Rights
  • Gender and equality
  • Mistake, Deception and Sexual Consent (esp. gender fraud, stealthing, and mistaken sex)

Selected Publications

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Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)


  • Murray, K.L. & Beattie, T. (2018), Stealthing, gender fraud…and beyond? Exploring ‘New Lands’ for Sexual Deception and Non-disclosure, BSA Regional Day Event Sex in Society: Bringing Together Sociological Research on Sexual Culture, Sexual Practice and Sexual Consumption. University of Sheffield, England.
  • 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.
  • 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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