A public law academic with over 10 years' professional experience, at the University of Edinburgh, Council of Europe, Supreme Court of Ireland, Global Justice Academy and Judicial Studies Institute, as well as extensive public law consultancy work for a variety of international organisations, including the EU, International IDEA, and Irish government. Currently Associate Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law and International Coordinator of the Council of Europe Project 'Strengthening Judicial Ethics in Turkey'. An emerging research and policy leader, he has published widely on democracy building, constitutional law, human rights and judicial processes, and has been an invited speaker in Asia, the Middle East and South America. He has been a Visiting Scholar at iCourts (the Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen) during 2016, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College Dublin Law School, where he completed his forthcoming monograph, 'The Alchemists: Questioning Our Faith in Courts as Democracy-Builders' (Cambridge University Press). Other recent and forthcoming publications include an edited collection titled 'Law and Policy in Latin America: Transforming Courts, Rights and Institutions' (co-editors: Pedro Fortes, Larissa Boratti and Andrés Palacios) and an article in Global Constitutionalism ('The Alchemists: Courts as Democracy Builders in Contemporary Thought').