Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law


Professor Colin Munro was Professor of Constitutional Law from 1990 to 2009, when he relinquished full-time employment and became Professor Emeritus. He was a Dean of the Faculty of Law in the 1990s. He previously taught at the Universities of Birmingham, Durham, Essex and Manchester, where he was Professor of Law from 1985 to 1990. Colin Munro's principal interests are in constitutional and administrative law, human rights, media law, and aspects of criminal justice and legal philosophy. He serves as a member of the Editorial Committee of the journal Public Law. Amongst other activities, he is an occasional consultant on parliamentary and other matters, and a contributor to newspapers and broadcasting, and since 2009 teaches on a part-time basis in Great Britain, at the Institute of Law in Jersey, and in the University of Hong Kong.


Chris Himsworth, Colin Munro The Scotland Act 1998 (2nd ed) (W. Green, 2000)

Colin Munro Studies in Constitutional Law (Butterworths, 1999)

Chris Himsworth, Colin Munro Devolution and the Scotland Bill (W. Green, 1998)

Colin Munro Television, Censorship and the Law (Ashgate, 1979)

Colin Munro, Harvey Teff Thalidomide : The Legal Aftermath (Saxon House (Gower), 1976)

Edited Books

Colin Munro, Martin Wasik Sentencing, Judicial Discretion and Training (Sweet & Maxwell, 1992)

Journal Articles

Colin Munro 'Parliamentarians, privilege and prosecutions' (2011) Scots Law Times 1-4

Colin Munro 'Members` Standards in the Scottish Parliament' (2007) Juridical Review (Pt 4) pp 263-278

Colin Munro 'A Jester's Licence? Comedy and Defamation Law' (2007) Scots Law Times 135

Colin Munro 'Sex, Laws and Videotape: The R18 Category' (2006) Criminal Law Review 957

Colin Munro 'When Criminals Sell their Stories' (2006) Public Law 58-83

Colin Munro 'The Value of Commercial Speech' (2003) The Cambridge Law Journal 134-158

Colin Munro 'Prior restraint of the Media and Human Rights Law' (2002) Juridical Review 1-34

Colin Munro 'On racial grounds' (2001) Juridical Review 81-93

Colin Munro 'Scottish Devolution: Accommodating a Restless Nation' (1999) International Journal on Minority and Group Rights pp 97-119

Colin Munro 'Entitlement to Party Political Broadcast Broadcasting' (1998) Contemporary Issues in Law Vol 3 Issue 2 pp113-134

Colin Munro 'Does Scotland Have an Established Church?' (1997) Ecclesiastical Law Journal Vol 4 pp 639-645

Colin Munro 'Party Politics and the Broadcasters - Round Three' (1997) New Law Journal pp 528-533

Colin Munro 'Self-regulation in the Media' (1997) Public Law pp6-17

Colin Munro 'Power to the People' (1997) Public Law pp 579-586


Colin Munro 'Legal Constraints, Real and Imagined' in Ivor Crewe, Brian Gosschalk, John Bartle (eds) Political Communications: Why Labour won the General Election of 1997 (Frank Cass , 1998) pp. 236-248

Colin Munro 'James Bryce' in Edward Craig (eds) Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (Routledge, 1998) Vol. 2 pp. 41-42

Colin Munro 'The UK Parliament and EU Institutions - Partners or Rivals?' in Eivind Smith (eds) National Parliaments as Cornerstones of European Integration (Kluwer , 1996) pp80-99

Colin Munro 'K in Scotland' in Hector MacQueen Scots Law into the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of W. A. Wilson (W. Green / Sweet & Maxwell, 1996) pp138-145

Notes and Reviews

Colin Munro 'More Heat than Light from Anwar' (2009) Edinburgh Law Review (13) 104

Colin Munro 'Time Up for the Ban?' (2007) New Law Journal 886

Colin Munro 'Comment: Sports in the Courts' (2005) Public Law 681-684

Colin Munro, Louis Blom-Cooper 'The Hutton Report' (2004) Public Law 472-476

Colin Munro 'Not the Last Picture Show' (2003) Public Law 2-5

Colin Munro 'When Racism is not Black and White' (2001) New Law Journal 313-314

Colin Munro 'Aspects of Privacy' (2001) Public Law 1-3

Colin Munro 'Parliaments and clergy' (2001) Scots Law Times 258-260

Colin Munro 'More Daylight, Less Magic' (2000) Public Law 3-6

Colin Munro 'Privilege at Holyrood' (2000) Public Law 347-350

Colin Munro 'The 1997 General Election and Media Law' (1997) Communications Law Vol 2 pp166-170

Colin Munro 'Photographs and Legality' (1997) Entertainment Law Review Vol 8 pp197-201

Colin Munro 'Fundamental Rights in National Law' (1997) Scots Law Times pp221-225

Colin Munro 'Challenging the Press Complaints Commission' (1996) Communications Law pp 177-178 Vol 1

Colin Munro 'SNP v BBC' (1996) New Law Journal pp 1433-1434