Dr Michael Wilkinson

Dr Michael Wilkinson

Associate Professor of Law

Department of Law

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New Academic Building 6.28

About me

Mike Wilkinson, Associate Professor of Law at LSE, studied at University College London, the College of Europe, Bruges, and completed a PhD at the European University Institute, Florence. Prior to taking up his post at LSE in 2007, Mike was lecturer at Manchester University, EU-US Fulbright Research Fellow at Columbia and NYU and was called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 2000. He has also taught at Cornell University as adjunct professor of law and been a visiting professor at Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and National University of Singapore (NUS).

Administrative support: Laura-Ann Royal

Research interests

  • European Integration
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Legal, Political and Social Theory



Questioning the Foundations of Public Law (Hart Publishing, 2018)

In 2010, Martin Loughlin, Professor of Public Law at the LSE, published Foundations of Public Law, 'an account of the foundation of the discipline of public law with a view to identifying its essential character'. The book has become a landmark in the field, and it has been said, notably by one of its major critics, that it now provides the 'starting point' for any deeper inquiry into the subject. The purpose of this volume is to engage critically with Foundations – conceptually, comparatively and historically – from the viewpoints of public law, private law, political, social and legal theory, as well as jurisdictional perspectives including the UK, US, India, and Continental Europe. Scholars also consider the legacy and continuing relevance of Foundations in the light of developments in transnational law, global law and regional integration in the European Union.

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Constitutionalism beyond Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 2017) (ed. with Michael W. Dowdle) 

Constitutionalism Beyond Liberalism bridges the gap between comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory. The volume uses the constitutional experience of countries in the global South - China, India, South Africa, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Malaysia - to transcend the liberal conceptions of constitutionalism that currently dominate contemporary comparative constitutional discourse. The alternative conceptions examined include political constitutionalism, societal constitutionalism, state-based (Rousseau-ian) conceptions of constitutionalism, and geopolitical conceptions of constitutionalism. Through these examinations, the volume seeks to expand our appreciation of the human possibilities of constitutionalism, exploring constitutionalism not merely as a restriction on the powers of government, but also as a creating collective political and social possibilities in diverse geographical and historical settings.

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click here for a review of Constitutionalism beyond Liberalism in the International Journal of Constitutional Law



‘Authoritarian Liberalism in Europe: A Common Critique of Neoliberalism and Ordoliberalism’ (2019) The Political Quarterly [forthcoming]Thanks!