Dr Tarik Olcay

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Dr Tarik Olcay joined Dundee Law School in July 2020. Prior to this, he was Lecturer in Public Law at Aston University, where he initiated and convened Aston Law Research Seminar Series.

He specialises in constitutional law and legal theory, and his main research interests lie in comparative constitutional law, constitutional theory, and natural law theories.

His PhD, completed at the University of Glasgow, studied the justifications of constitutional unamendability from comparative and theoretical perspectives.

He has advised governments, national and international NGOs, and individuals on matters of constitution-making, constitutional reform, and human rights law. He is regularly invited to give seminars and talks in the fields of constitutional theory and constitutional change, and acts as peer-reviewer for leading academic journals in law and political science.


Dr Olcay's research spans the areas of comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory. His current research mainly focusses on constitutional change and seeks to find viable justifications for limiting the power to amend a constitution.

He is currently working on three research projects:

  • evaluative constitutionalism
  • reconciling peace-making and the rule of law in constitutional reform
  • judiciary in illiberal regimes.

Most of his published and forthcoming research is available on SSRN and Google Scholar.

Research Interests

  • constitutionalism and constitutional change
  • constitutional unamendability
  • comparative constitutional law
  • natural law theories
  • judicial independence
  • law and economics
  • Turkish constitutional law

Dr Olcay welcomes informal enquiries from prospective research students interested in public law or legal theory.

View full research profile and publications


  • Public Law I - Sources of Power (Module leader)
  • Public Law II - Controls on Power
  • Comparative Constitutional Law (Module Leader)