After completing bachelors and masters degrees in law at the University of Glasgow, Richard completed his PhD in constitutional theory and comparative constitutional law at the University of Luxembourg, where he also taught courses in constitutional law, contract law, and legal theory. Richard then taught on the international legal studies program at the University of Trier (Germany) before moving to Edmonton to complete a one-year postdoc with Professor George Pavlich at the University of Alberta. During his postdoc, Richard taught a course in social theory, organized a series of workshops, and co-edited a special issue of Studies in Law, Politics and Society with Professor Pavlich, as well as publishing five new articles and presenting at conferences in Edmonton, Ottawa, and Victoria.
Since he finished his PhD, Richard’s work has focused on processes of constitutional change, and on the questions of legitimacy that surround them. He has had work published in various law journals, including the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Seattle University Law Review, the Liverpool Law Review, Constitutional Forum, Studies in Law, Politics and Society and Law, Culture and the Humanities, amongst others.
Richard began working with the Centre for Constitutional Studies as a research consultant in August 2020. At the Centre, Richard has worked as assistant editor for the Centre’s two journals, the Review of Constitutional Studies and Constitutional Forum. He has also produced a podcast series on the Charlottetown Accord, co-supervised the Centre’s summer student program, and assisted in the organization of a conference on the legacies of patriation. He is currently planning a new podcast series on recent efforts to amend the Constitution of Canada, and will produce a series of research papers as part of a multidisciplinary project on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.