Researchers at UCD


Richard Collins

Lecturer In International Law & College Vice-Principal For Internationalisation

School of Law
Sutherland School of Law
University College Dublin
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 4184


Richard joined the School of Law in January 2015. He was previously a lecturer at the School of Law, University of Sheffield, where he completed his PhD in 2011 looking at the institutional structure of the international legal order. He also holds degrees from Sheffield Hallam University (LLB, first class hons.) and Newcastle University (LLM with distinction).

Since September 2016, Richard is Vice-Principal for Internationalisation in the College of Social Sciences and Law.

Richard's primary research interests lie in the fields of international law and jurisprudence, but he also has broader interests in political theory, legal history, constitutional law, the law of international organisations and the international law of the sea. He has held visiting research positions at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL), University of Amsterdam and the Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research and Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki.

Richard welcomes requests for PhD supervision in the areas of international law (theory and institutional structure), international organisations, legal theory, and international law of the sea.

Richard currently convenes and teaches Public International Law and the International Law of the Sea at undergraduate level, and co-teaches (with the School of Philosophy) a module in Philosophy of Law.



R Collins (2016) The Institutional Problem in Modern International Law. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]

Book Chapters

R Collins (2018) 'Consent, Obligation and the Legitimate Authority of International Law' In: P Capps and HP Olsen (eds). Legal Authority beyond the State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
Collins, R (2017) 'Sources and the Legitimate Authority of International Law: A Challenge to the ¿Standard View'' In: S Besson and J d'Aspremont (eds). Oxford Handbook on the Sources of International Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press. , pp.703-723 [Details]
R Collins (2017) 'Autonomy' In: J d'Aspremont and S Singh (eds). Fundamental Concepts for International Law: The Construction of a Discipline. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. [Details]
R Collins and A Bohm (2017) 'International Law as Professional Practice: the Bounds of Legal Autonomy' In: A Nollkaemper, J d'Aspremont, W Werner & T Gazzini (eds). International Law as a Profession. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
R Collins (2016) 'The Progressive Conception of International Law: Brierly and Lauterpacht in the Interbellum Period' In: R McCorquodale & J-P Gauci (eds). British Influences on International Law 1915-2015. Leiden: Brill Nijhoff. , pp.439-457 [Details]
R. Collins (2015) 'Mapping the Terrain of Institutional 'lawmaking': Form and Function in International Law' In: E. Fahey (eds). The Actors of Postnational Rule-Making: Contemporary Challenges of European and International Law. Abingdon: Routledge. , pp.27-46 [Details]
R. Collins (2014) 'Classical Legal Positivism in International Law Revisited' In: J. Kammerhofer and J. d'Aspremont (eds). International Legal Positivism in a Post-Modern World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. , pp.23-49 [Details]
R. Collins and N. D. White (2013) 'Between independence and accountability: exploring the legal autonomy of international organizations' In: B. Reinalda (eds). Routledge Handbook of International Organizations. Abingdon: Routledge. , pp.119-131 [Details]
R. Collins (2012) 'Between Contract and Constitution: International Organisations and the Protection of Global Public Interests' In: C. Michelon, G. Clunie, C. McCorkindale and H. Psarras (eds). The Public in Law: Representations of the Political in Legal Discourse. Farnham: Ashgate. , pp.69-86 [Details]
R. Collins and N. D. White (2011) 'International Organizations and the Idea of Autonomy: Introduction and Overview' In: R. Collins and N. D. White (eds). International Organizations and the Idea of Autonomy: Institutional Independence in the International Legal Order. Abingdon: Routledge. , pp.1-20 [Details]
R. Collins (2011) 'Modernist-Positivism and the Problem of Institutional Autonomy in International Law' In: R. Collins and N. D. White (eds). International Organizations and the Idea of Autonomy: Institutional Independence in the International Legal Order. Abingdon: Routledge. , pp.22-47 [Details]
R. Collins (2011) 'Non-State Actors in International Institutional Law: Non-State, Inter-state or Supra-State? The Peculiar Identity of the Intergovernmental Organization' In: J. d'Aspremont (eds). Participants in the International Legal System: Multiple Perspectives on Non-State Actors in International Law. Abingdon: Routledge. , pp.311-325 [Details]

Edited Books

R. Collins and N. D. White (Ed.). (2011) International Organizations and the Idea of Autonomy. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

R. Collins (2017) 'The Slipperiness of Global Law'. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 37 :1-26. [DOI] [Details]
R. Collins (2015) 'The Problematic Concept of the International Legal Official'. Transnational Legal Theory, 6 (3-4):608-634. [Details]
R. Collins (2014) 'No Longer at the Vanishing Point? International Law and the Analytical Tradition in Jurisprudence'. Jurisprudence, 5 (2):265-298. [Details]
R. Collins (2014) 'The Rule of Law and the Quest for Constitutional Substitutes in International Law'. Nordic Journal of International Law, 83 (1):87-127. [Details]
R. Collins (2009) 'Constitutionalism as Liberal-Juridical Consciousness: Echoes from International Law's Past'. Leiden Journal of International Law, 22 (2):251-287. [Details]

Other Journals

R Collins (2017) 'Guest Editorial: Europe's Shared Burden? Collective Responsibility for Migrants at Sea' Irish Yearbook of International Law X . [Details]
R Collins and P Capps (2015) 'Editorial: Doing law beyond the state: Methodological questions in international and transnational legal theory' Transnational Legal Theory 6 :561-564. [Details]
R. Collins (2014) 'Book Review: Viljam Engström, Constructing the Powers of International Institutions' International Organizations Law Review 11 (1) :229-234. [Details]
R. Collins and N. D. White (2010) 'Moving Beyond the Autonomy-Accountability Dichotomy: Reflections on Institutional Independence in the International Legal Order (Editorial)¿ (2010) 7 International Organizations Law Review 1-8' International Organizations Law Review 7 (1) :1-8. [Details]
R. Collins (2008) 'International Institutions and the Politics of Constitutionalism' Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 102 :433-436. [Details]
R. Collins (2008) 'Book Review: Catherine Brölmann, The Institutional Veil in Public International Law: International Organisations & the Law of Treaties' Journal of Conflict and Security Law 13 (1) :153-156. [Details]


R. Collins (2017) Sovereignty. Bibliography [Details]


Research Interests

* Public International Law
* Legal Theory / Jurisprudence
* Political theory (in particular constitutional theory)
* The Law of the Sea 
* International Organisations