I am a Lecturer in Public Law and Legal Theory at the University of Surrey School of Law, a member of the Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy, and a Research Associate of the University of Oxford Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government.
My research was published (or is forthcoming) in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Law Quarterly Review, Public Law, Notre Dame Law Review Online and in several edited collections. I also blog (e.g., at the UK Constitutional Law Blog and at I·CONnect). (For details see my Publications page.)
I specialise in public law (constitutional and administrative law) and in legal theory (philosophy of law). My doctoral research focuses on unlawful (or unconstitutional) ways of changing constitutions. In that project, I elucidate and develop HLA Hart’s account of secondary rules – and especially – of the rule of recognition.
As a former computer programmer, I am interested in applications of technology in law (Legal Tech), both from practical and philosophical perspectives. Currently, I am developing a research project on machine learning for predictive analytics in law.
I am also pursuing projects on Brexit (disentangling UK and European Union law, constitutional consequences) and on the role of fundamental rights and principles in statutory interpretation.
How to pronounce my first name: [mʲiˈkɔwaj] or simply [me-koh-why]