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    Tarik joined Aston Law School in April 2019, having previously taught legal theory and public law at the Universities of Glasgow and Dundee. 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 PhD, which he completed at the University of Glasgow, studied the justifications of constitutional unamendability from the perspectives of comparative constitutional law and legal theory. Tarik’s published work has been cited in international policy documents as well as by courts. He has also 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 the fields of constitutional law and political science. He is also the convenor of Aston Law Research Seminar Series.

    Some of Tarik's published and forthcoming research outputs can be found on SSRN and Google Scholar.


    PhD, University of Glasgow, 2018

    LLM, Bilkent University, 2011

    LLB, Bilkent University, 2010


    • Lecturer in Public Law, Aston University (2019 - present)
    • Tutor, University of Dundee (2018 - 2019)
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Glasgow (2016 - 2019)

    Teaching Activity

    Undergraduate Modules

    • BL1177 Constitutional and Administrative Law (module leader)

    Research Interests

    Constitutionalism and constitutional change, comparative constitutional law, constitutional unamendability, natural law theories, judicial independence, law and economics, Turkish constitutional law

    PhD Supervision

    Tarik welcomes informal enquiries from prospective PhD candidates with projects related to his research interests, as well as with any other project within the field of public law broadly understood.

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Pump-priming Grant, 2019-20 (£9,325)
    • Aston University, Research Development Fund Competition, 2019-20 (£400)
    • Aston University, Individual Research Activity Fund, 2019-20 (£2000)
    • European Junior Faculty Forum for Public Law and Jurisprudence, Conference Grant, 2019 (€500)
    • University of Texas at Austin, Conference Grant, 2018 ($350)
    • University of Edinburgh, Political Settlements Research Programme, Conference Grant, 2018 (£1000) (joint)

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • International Society of Public Law (ICON-S)
    • UK Constitutional Law Association (UKCLA)
    • Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
    • British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)

    Contact Details

    Email Address:
    Room Number: SW714

    Education/Academic qualification





    • K Law (General)

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    Research Output

    • 3 Article
    • 2 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
    • 1 Book/Film/Article review

    The Material Study of Constitutional Change

    Goldoni, M. & Olcay, T., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Routledge Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Change. Contiades, X. & Fotiadou, A. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    The Formalist Resistance to Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments

    Albert, R., Nakashidze, M. & Olcay, T., 2 Apr 2019, In : Hastings Law Journal. 70, 3, p. 639-670 32 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • The Unamendability of Amendable Clauses: The Case of the Turkish Constitution

    Olcay, T., 1 Sep 2018, An Unamendable Constitution?: Unamendability in Constitutional Democracies. Albert, R. & Oder, B. E. (eds.). Springer, p. 313-343 31 p. (Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice; vol. 68).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Firing Bench-mates: The Human Rights and Rule of Law Implications of the Turkish Constitutional Court’s Dismissal of Its Two Members

    Olcay, T., 31 Jul 2017, In : European Constitutional Law Review. 13, 3, p. 568-581 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 4 Oral presentation
    • 2 Publication peer-review

    Constitutional Duty and Aspiration: Balancing Peace and the Rule of Law in the Shadow of Violence

    Tarik Olcay (Speaker), Asli Ozcelik (Speaker)
    18 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Unseating the Guardians: Judicial Tenure under Attack in Illiberal Europe

    Tarik Olcay (Speaker)
    3 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Evaluative Constitutional Unamendability

    Tarik Olcay (Speaker)
    10 Jun 201911 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    The Material Study of Constitutional Change

    Tarik Olcay (Speaker), Marco Goldoni (Speaker)
    30 May 201931 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    International Journal of Constitutional Law (Journal)

    Tarik Olcay (Peer reviewer)
    2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review