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Dr David McGrogan

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

I have been working in academia since 2012, teaching and researching in the fields of international human rights law, public international law, and the law of contract. Before that, I was a Japanese-English legal translator. 

David McGrogan

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I write critically on international human rights law, with particular reference to how it serves to buttress the power of the state. My most recent work has focused on understanding international human rights law as a discourse which produces its subject, the human individual, as 'vulnerable' and in need of the state's protection and largesse. I am now developing a critique of human rights as a technocracy which seeks to reduce the human subject to a manipulable dataset. 

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Critical Theory and Human Rights: From Compassion to Coercion, McGrogan, D. 28 Apr 2021
  • The Population and the Individual: The Human Rights Audit as the Governmentalization of Global Human Rights Governance, McGrogan, D. 21 Jan 2019, In: International Journal of Constitutional Law
  • The Problem of Causality in International Human Rights Law, McGrogan, D. Jul 2016, In: International and Comparative Law Quarterly
  • Anti-individual morality in the international human rights system, McGrogan, D. 1 Jun 2022, In: Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights
  • Measuring Human Rights Performance in the UK: Liberalism, Communitarianism, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s ‘Drunkard’s Search’, McGrogan, D. 26 Jul 2023, Comparative Legal Metrics, Leiden, Netherlands, Brill

  • English Literature BA (Hons)
  • Law LLM
  • Law PhD
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA)

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