Academic Staff

Dr Alex Schwartz

Assistant Professor
Deputy Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law 
Deputy Director of RPG Affairs

BA (Memorial), LLB (Dalhousie), LLM (Toronto), PhD (Belfast)

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Dr. Schwartz joined the Faculty of Law in July of 2017. His research is focused on courts and judicial behaviour, particularly in the context of deeply divided, transitional, and crisis-prone polities. He was previously Lecturer in Law at Queen’s University Belfast, where he was also an Associate Fellow of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Before that, Dr. Schwartz was a Banting Fellow with the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University (Canada), a visiting scholar at the Centre for the Study of Social Justice at Oxford, and a postdoctoral fellow with the Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies at L’Université du Québec à Montréal. Dr. Schwartz is currently working towards a book on judicial power in ‘difficult’ contexts.


The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia, co-edited with D Law, and H Lau (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019).

Rights in Divided Societies, co-edited with C Harvey (Hart Publishing, 2012).

Articles, Book Chapters, etc.  
‘Judicial Independence’, with HP Lee, in D Law, H Lau, and A Schwartz (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019). 

‘Doctrinal Scholarship and Process Tracing’, in D Law and M Langford (eds.) Research Methods in Constitutional Law: A Handbook (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2019).

‘Judicial Power and Consociational Federation: The Bosnian Example’, (2018) 46(4) Federal Law Review 631-644.

‘International Judges on Constitutional Courts: Cautionary Evidence from Post-Conflict Bosnia', (2017) Law & Social Inquiry, advance online publication

Book Review: ‘Robert Schertzer, The Judicial Role in a Diverse Federation. Lessons from the Supreme Court of Canada’ (2017) 23(4) Nations and Nationalism 994-996.

‘Mitigating the Hazards of Brexit: The EEA Option for Northern Ireland’, U.K. Const. L. Blog (27th Mar 2017), available at

‘Judicial Impartiality and Independence in Divided Societies’, with M Murchison, (2016) 51(4) Law & Society Review 821-855.

'Why Northern Ireland’s Institutions Need Stability', with C McCrudden, B O'Leary, & J McGarry, (2016) 51 Government and Opposition 30-58.

‘Northern Ireland’, in D Turp and M Sanjuame-Calvet (eds.) The Emergence of a Democratic Right to Self-Determination in Europe (Centre Maurits Coppieters, 2016). 

'Judges, Conflict and the Past', with K McEvoy, (2015) 42(4) Journal of Law and Society 528-555.

'Authority, Nationality, and Minorities', (2015) 28(3) Ratio Juris 354-371.

'Canadian Federalism since Patriation: Advancing a Federalism of Empowerment', with A-G Gagnon, in L Harder and S Patten (eds.), Patriation and Its Consequences: Constitution Making in Canada (UBC Press, 2015), pp. 244-266.

‘Judging and Conflict’, with K McEvoy, in Anne-Marie McAlinden and Clare Dwyer (eds.) Criminal Justice in Transition: The Northern Ireland Context (Hart Publishing, 2015), pp. 157-184.

‘The Evolution of Canadian Federalism: From Creative Tensions to Mounting Distrust’, with A-G Gagnon, in K. Brummer and H. Pehle (eds.) Analysen Nationaler und Supranationaler Politik (German language) (Barbara Budrich Publishers, 2013), pp. 261–270.

‘Judicial Empowerment in Divided Societies’, with C Harvey, in C Harvey and A Schwartz (eds.), Rights in Divided Societies (Hart Publishing, 2012), pp. 123-148.

‘Symbolic Equality:  Law and National Symbols in Northern Ireland’, (2012) 19(4) International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 339-358.

‘Patriotism or Integrity?: Constitutional Community in Divided Societies’, (2011) 31(3) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 503-526.

‘How Unfair is Cross-community Consent?: Voting Power in the Northern Ireland Assembly’, (2010) 61(4) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 349-362.

‘Designing a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland’, with C Harvey, (2009) 60(2) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 181-199.

‘The Rule of Unwritten Law: A Cautious Critique of Charkaoui v. Canada’, (2008) 13(2) Review of Constitutional Studies 179-207.