Professor Jo Murkens

Professor Jo Murkens

Professor of Law

LSE Law School

Room No
Cheng Kin Ku Building 7.31
English, German
Key Expertise
Public law; Comparative constitutional law

About me

Jo Murkens studied English and European Law in London and Copenhagen, and wrote his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence.

Administrative support:

Research interests

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Constitutional theory and history
  • Comparative constitutional law
  • European Union Law
  • European legal culture and history


External activities

  • Subject convener for Public Law, University of London, International Programme

Public engagement


Public Law – Text, Cases and Materials, 5th ed (Oxford University Press, 2023)  (with A. Le Sueur and M. Sunkin)

This leading text provides students with a thorough and wide-ranging knowledge of public law, together with a full understanding of the theoretical and political debates in this fascinating and dynamic area of law. The inclusion of extracts from key cases, government reports and academic articles demonstrates the law in action and the incisive commentary that accompanies them explains the significance of each. The expert authors have distilled their knowledge of the institutions and legal principles into concise, focused prose, and they encourage reflection through regular questions and hypothetical examples.

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The Brexit Challenge for Ireland and the United Kingdom: Constitutions Under Pressure  (Cambridge University Press, 2021) (co-edited with Oran Doyle and Aileen McHarg)

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From Empire to Union: Conceptions of German Constitutional Law since 1871  (OUP, 2013)

This book examines the modern development of German constitutional thought by tracing the key public law concepts of state, constitution, sovereignty, and democracy from their modern emergence in the 19th century through to the present day. It analyses the constitutional relationship between Germany and the EU from a sociological and historical perspective, looking at how German constitutional law has conflicted and compromised with EU law, and the difficulties this has raised.

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Scottish Independence: A Practical Guide (with P. Jones and M. Keating) (Edinburgh University Press, 2002)

How might Scotland achieve independence? And what would be the consequences, for Scotland and the rest of the UK? Independence is ever-present on the Scottish political agenda. This book is the first serious study of the likely road to independence, and the consequences for the Scottish people and the Scottish economy. Scottish Independence starts with a detailed guide to the stages along the route to independence and goes on to analyse the legal, political and economic consequences. It asks key questions: *If Scots vote for an SNP government in Edinburgh, how will that government deliver its manifesto promise of achieving independence in Scotland? *If the Scots attain independence, what will change? What will Scotland's place be in the world? Can Scotland remain in the EU? *What are the economics of independence? Would there be a flight of capital and a stock-market fall? How much economic freedom would an independent Scotland have? *How much would change in the daily lives of Scots as a result of independence? How much autonomy would Scotland have as a small independent state in Europe? Scottish Independence will have an impact on public policy and on academic thinking, and is of key interest to politicians, civil servants, academics, journalists and anyone interested in Scotland's future.

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