Colm McGrath

Colm McGrath


  • Senior Lecturer in Tort Law, Laws
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    Research interests

    Colm's research focuses on comparative private law and professional liability, with a strong emphasis on the liability and regulation of the medical profession in the UK and beyond. His work often seeks to explain the relationship between private law and society both as a historical and a modern phenomenon.

    In 2019, His monograph The Development of Medical Liability in Germany 1800-1945 was selected as one of nine 'Legal Books of the Year' by the leading German law journal, the Neue Juristische Wochenschrift. 


    He has provided Professional Education and Development modules for the medical professions in the UK and Hong Kong and is always happy to be approached for such events as it provides an invaluable opportunity to see law in action in the wider community. 

    Biographical details

    Colm joined the Dickson Poon School of Law a Lecturer in Tort Law in January 2018. 


    Previously, he was the WYNG Research Fellow in Medical Law and Ethics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and was a member of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences. Before that, he worked as a scientific assistant at the Institute for European Tort Law in Vienna and was a University Lecturer in Law at the University of Graz. He studied law as an undergraduate and as a doctoral student at the University of Cambridge. 


    Colm is joint General Editor of the long-running Journal of Professional Negligence and the Book Review Editor for the Journal of European Tort Law. He is a Fellow of the European Centre for Tort and Insurance Law in Vienna and from 2018–2020 was an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where he lectured on Roman Law. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Rivista Responsabilita Medica.


    Born and raised in Belfast, Colm believes that studying law at university should be an option for anyone, regardless of their background. He has extensive experience in providing accessible introductions to law for school students of all ages and is always happy to do be asked to do so. When he is not surrounded by books, he enjoys blues guitarcooking and hiking.


    Research interests (short)

    Tort law, contract law, medical law, comparative law (focusing particularly on Germanic systems), Roman law, legal history and private law theory.

    Education/Academic qualification

    Law, Master of Arts, University of Cambridge

    Law, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

    External positions

    Affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge

    1 Oct 201830 Jun 2020

    Fellow, European Centre for Tort and Insurance Law

    Book Review Editor , Journal of European Tort Law

    Joint General Editor, Journal of Professional Negligence


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