Tobias Lock

Maynooth University
Professor of Law


Tobias Lock joined the Department of Law at Maynooth University in January 2019 as a Professor of Law. Tobias' previous places of work include Edinburgh Law School, where he was a Senior Lecturer in EU Law and co-director of the Europa Institute, University College London, the University of Surrey and the University of Erlangen (Germany), where he received most of his legal education. 

Tobias’ research and teaching interests are in European law and human rights law. He is mainly interested in the interaction between different legal orders. Recently, he has focused much of his attention on the legal questions raised by Brexit. He has given evidence to numerous parliamentary committees in the UK and written commissioned reports for the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales. He currently serves as an advisor on constitutional law to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

Tobias retains a keen interest in the Court of Justice of the European Union, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights. 

In 2018 he was awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. During 2018 he also served as a member of the Scottish First Minister's Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership. He is a member of the advisory board of the Scottish Centre on European Relations. He is admitted to the German bar as a Rechtsanwalt.


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Posts by this author


Taking Stock: Scotland and Brexit

With little more than six months to go before the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, the position of Scotland vis-à-vis the EU is not much clearer than it was in the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum more than two years ago. Dr Tobias Lock looks at what has Brexit meant for Scotland so far and what developments can we expect?

Has Parliament Taken Charge of Brexit?

The hesitant progress of Brexit legislation through Westminster has provided parliament with an opportunity to show its teeth and, says Tobias Lock, it demonstrates that the legislature has bite as well as bark.

Dispute Resolution after Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit ‘red line’ on a role for the European Court of Justice has been a major source of complication in the early stages of the negotiations, writes Tobias Lock.
The Royal Courts of Justice

The High Court’s Judgment in Miller and Others – four brief remarks

Following the High Court’s ruling on whether the UK Parliament should be involved in the activation of the Article 50 process to leave the EU, Tobias Lock analyses the judgement.
Brexit Reflections

Brexit Reflections - A European Future for Scotland?

Tobias Lock discusses a number of options for Scotland’s European future.
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#EURef - Legislation: who makes our laws – Brussels, Westminster or Holyrood?

Tobias Lock looks at arguments around sovereignty which are at the heart of the debate on whether the UK should leave the EU.