Dr David McGrogan

Senior Lecturer in Law

David graduated from the University of Kent in 2002 and spent 7 years in Japan working as a teacher and then a legal translator.

David works in the fields of international human rights law, public international law and contract law. He is currently interested in governmentality and international human rights, the sociology of audit and regulation, and questions of ethics and cultural institutions in consumer contracting. He speaks fluent Japanese and lived and worked in Japan as a legal translator from 2003-2010.

Campus Address

Room 308, City Campus East

0191 227 4382


PhD in Law, University of Liverpool (2013)

LLM in International Law, University of Liverpool (2007)

BA (Hons.) in English and American Literature and History (2002)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

International human rights law, public international law, the law of contract, consumer protection, public law, the sociology of regulation and audit

Professional Activity

Member of the Society of Legal Scholars

Member of the North East Region Obligations Group

Current/Recent Projects

“Populating the Measurement Framework: collecting evidence against human rights indicators”, Equality and Human Rights Commission, March 2014. Member of the research team.

Key Publications

"Human Rights Indicators and the Sovereignty of Technique", European Journal of International Law (forthcoming)

"The Problem of Causality in International Human Rights Law", International and Comparative Law Quarterly (forthcoming)

"On the Interpretation of Human Rights Treaties and Subsequent Practice", 32 (4) Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights  (2014)

"A Shift in Japan’s Stance on Indigenous Rights, and Its Implications” 17 International Journal of Minority & Group Rights (2010)