Professor Colin Scott

Professor Colin Scott is Principal of the College of Social Sciences and Law and Professor of EU Regulation & Governance at UCD.  He was Dean of UCD Sutherland School of Law between 2011 and 2014. He is the Convenor of the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Regulatory Governance and a co-author of the Irish State Administration Database (2010-). He is a member of the Business Law and Regulation Group at UCD Sutherland School of Law.

He has held editorial responsibilities with Legal Studies, Law & Policy and the Modern Law Review. He has undertaken research projects on telecommunications regulation, regulation of government and meta-regulation, funded by, amongst others, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the Australian Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, and the European Commission (Framework Programme 6).  

His current research includes a study of regulatory capacity and effectiveness in Ireland (funded by IRC and the IPA) and an investigation of the legitimacy, enforcement, quality and effectiveness of transnational private regulation, jointly with colleagues at the European University Institute and Utrecht University, (funded by the Hague Institute for Internationalization of Law).

Prof Scott studied law at the London School of Economics and at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Prior to his appointment at UCD in 2006 he lectured at the University of Warwick and at the London School of Economics. He was Senior Fellow in Public Law in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University between 2001 and 2003 and a Professor of Law at the College of Europe, Bruges between 2006 and 2009.  He was Programme Chair of ECPR Standing Group on Regulatory Governance Biennial Conference, 'Regulation in the Age of Crisis', held in Dublin in June 2010.