Dr. Murray will work with the under the supervision of Professor . Her postdoctoral fellowship is funded by Professor MacDonnell’s project , which takes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to examining unwritten constitutional principles and norms spanning three countries (Canada, the UK and Germany). The project is funded by the agreement for social sciences research.
Dr. Murray’s research focuses on the ways in which unwritten constitutional principles and norms are power-conferring in nature. Most case law and scholars assume that unwritten constitutional principles are either justified or not justified because they constrain the decision-making of the executive and legislative branches. But this assumption overlooks the important enabling nature of constitutions. Despite the written Constitution’s more obvious role in conferring and structuring powers, no systematic research has been conducted into whether unwritten aspects of the Constitution are power-conferring. Dr. Murray’s postdoctoral project aims to fill that gap.
Dr. Murray’s research builds on her doctorate (McGill University, 2023) and her LLM (University of Cambridge, 2014). In her , she argued that the duty of reasonableness in administrative law and the duty of loyalty in trusts law are both power-conferring. Her dissertation has been nominated for the Minerve award and was funded by the prestigious Vanier Scholarship.