Olcay, Tarik


  • Lecturer (Teaching and Research), Law
  • 1 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Dr Tarik Olcay joined Dundee Law School in July 2020. Prior to this, he was Lecturer in Public Law at Aston University, where he initiated and convened Aston Law Research Seminar Series. 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, completed at the University of Glasgow, studied the justifications of constitutional unamendability from comparative and theoretical perspectives. 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.

Research interests

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


  • Public Law I - Sources of Power
  • Public Law II - Controls on Power

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow


Master of Laws, Bilkent University


Bachelor of Laws, Bilkent University


Bachelor of Arts, Anadolu University


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Research Output

(Un)constitutional Change Rooted in Peace Agreements

Ozcelik, A. & Olcay, T., 21 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Constitutional Law. 18, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Material Study of Constitutional Change

    Goldoni, M. & Olcay, T., Jul 2020, Routledge Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Change. Contiades, X. & Fotiadou, A. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Routledge, 14 p. (Routledge Handbooks).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The Formalist Resistance to Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments

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

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

    Olcay, T., 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)

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    • 2 Publication peer-review

    International Journal of Constitutional Law (Journal)

    Tarik Olcay (Referee)

    2018 → …

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

    International Political Science Review (Journal)

    Tarik Olcay (Referee)


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