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Richard Mailey


Dr Richard Mailey is the Director of the Centre for Constitutional Studies (CCS) at the University of Alberta. In his capacity as Director, Richard manages the Centre’s research and public education mandates. This includes serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Centre’s two journals — the Review of Constitutional Studies (co-edited with Professor Han-Ru Zhou) and the Constitutional Forum — and coordinating research projects, public events, and academic conferences.

Richard received his LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Glasgow and completed his PhD at the University of Luxembourg in 2017. He joined the University of Alberta as a postdoc in 2018 before commencing work with the CCS as a Research Associate in 2020. During his time as a Research Associate, Richard produced a documentary podcast series, co-supervised the Centre’s summer student program, worked as an editor for the Centre’s two journals, and produced a report as part of an interdisciplinary project on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Richard has also taught a range of courses at the Universities of Glasgow, Luxembourg, Trier (Germany), and Alberta, including courses in constitutional law and legal philosophy. More recently, he has been teaching in the U of A’s departments of political science and sociology, where he has taught “Law and Politics” and “Sociology of Law.”

Selected Publications:
“The Role of the Person in Modern Constitutional Law: How State-Inflicted Harms Become Personal” (2022) 87:A Studies in Law, Politics and Society 73.
“Court-Packing in 2021: Pathways to Democratic Legitimacy” (2020) 44 Seattle University Law Review 35.
“An American Jurist in London: Bruce Ackerman’s Proposals for Constitutional Reform in the UK vs. Bruce Ackerman’s Constitutional Theory” (2020) 41 Liverpool Law Review 227.
“The Notwithstanding Clause and the New Populism” (2019) 28:4 Constitutional Forum/Forum Constitutionnel 9.
“Review: Andrew Arato, Post Sovereign Constitution Making: Learning and Legitimacy” (2017) 15:4 The International Journal of Constitutional Law 1226.

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