Dr Tarik Olcay joined Dundee Law School in 2020. He currently teaches constitutional law and administrative law to first-year law students, and comparative constitutional law to Honours-level law students, as well as supervising undergraduate and postgraduate law dissertations. Prior to this, he was Lecturer in Public Law at Aston University in England, where he founded and convened Aston Law Research Seminar Series.
Dr Olcay has a multi-disciplinary background with degrees and training in law, political science, and economics. 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 research to date has been supported by prestigious funders including the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF). His PhD, completed in 2018 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.
- 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.
- Public Law I - Sources of Power (Module Leader)
- Public Law II - Controls on Power
- Comparative Constitutional Law (Module Leader)