Sionaidh S. Douglas-Scott
Anniversary Chair in Law
Home Institution, Queen Mary University of London
LAPA Fellow, 2020-2021
Sionaidh Douglas-Scott specializes in constitutional law, human rights, and legal theory, often looking to historical and comparative perspectives to inform her work. Her work also has clear, practical dimensions informing her active participation in the debates over Brexit. She was twice special legal advisor to the Scottish Parliament (then) European Relations committee inquiry into ‘Brexit and its consequences.’ She is the author of Law After Modernity (2013), which, unusually, for a work of legal theory, is illustrated with various images and artistic works. She has also written about Brexit and images. Prior to her current position, Douglas-Scott was Professor of European and Human Rights Law at Oxford University. She has held visiting posts and delivered many lectures at various institutions in Europe and the U.S., including Georgetown Law School, Columbia University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Bonn, where she was visiting Jean Monnet Professor. From 2015-2018, she was co-director of the Queen Mary Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context, which is a home for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research into the global dimensions of law and society. Originally from Edinburgh, Professor Douglas-Scott studied philosophy and art history before earning law degrees from City, University of London, and London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently researching Brexit in the context of historical transfers of legal sovereignty, most notably Great Britain’s loss of the North American colonies in the 18th century.