Olcay, Tarik



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Dr Tarik Olcay teaches constitutional law and administrative law to first-year law students, and comparative constitutional law to Honours-level law students, as well as supervising undergraduate and postgraduate law dissertations, as well as PhD students.

Dr Olcay has a multi-disciplinary background with degrees and training in law, political science, and economics. 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 research to date has been supported by prestigious funders including the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Scottish Council on Global Affairs (SCGA).

He has 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 law and political science.

He is an External Examiner at the School of Law, University of Strathclyde.

Research interests

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


Dr Olcay's research spans the areas of comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory. His current research mainly focusses on constitutional change and seeks to find viable justifications for limiting the power to amend a constitution.

He is currently working on three research projects:

  • evaluative constitutionalism
  • reconciling peace-making and the rule of law in constitutional reform
  • judiciary in illiberal regimes.

Most of his published and forthcoming research is available on SSRN and Google Scholar.


  • Public Law I - Sources of Power (Module Leader)
  • Public Law II - Controls on Power
  • Comparative Constitutional Law (Module Leader)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Constitutional Unamendability: An Evaluative Justification, University of Glasgow


Master of Laws, Bilkent University


Bachelor of Laws, Bilkent University


Bachelor of Arts, Anadolu University



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