Mikołaj Barczentewicz - portrait photo

I am a Senior Lecturer in Public Law and Legal Theory and the Research Director of the Law and Technology Hub at the University of Surrey School of Law. I am also:

Previously, I taught Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, European Union Law and Roman Law at the University of Oxford. I was also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I specialise in law & technology, public law (constitutional and administrative law), and in legal theory (philosophy of law).

As a former computer programmer, I am interested in connections between law and technology, both from practical and philosophical perspectives. Some of my current research projects include:

  • empirical analysis of litigation before the UK Supreme Court (with Python, Pandas, and a graph database), see courts.barczentewicz.com
  • using machine learning for predictive analytics in UK law (predicting court case outcomes),
  • law and policy solutions to problems of data security (cybersecurity) and privacy.

I am also pursuing projects on Brexit (disentangling UK and European Union law, constitutional consequences of Brexit) and on the role of fundamental rights and principles in statutory interpretation.

I published in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Law Quarterly Review, Public Law, Notre Dame Law Review Online and in several edited collections. I also blog (e.g., at the UK Constitutional Law Blog and at I·CONnect ). (For details see my Publications page.)


  • University of Oxford, University College
    • D.Phil. in Law, 2020: Constitutional Change and the Rule of Recognition
    • M.Phil. in Law, with distinction, 2014: Unconstitutional Constitutional Change
    • M.Jur., with distinction, 2013
  • University of Warsaw
    • Magister prawa (Polish law degree), 2011

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  • The School of Law, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH, United Kingdom
  • m.barczentewicz[to-delete]@surrey[to-delete].ac.uk

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Selected Publications

  • ‘The Illuminati Problem and Rules of Recognition’ (2018) 38 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 500–527 SSRN Oxford University Press
  • ‘Judicial Duty Not to Apply EU Law’ (2017) 133 Law Quarterly Review 469 SSRN Westlaw UK