Colin joined Newcastle University's Law School in 2006 following the completion of his postgraduate research at Durham University.
Prior to this appointment Colin held temporary teaching positions at Durham and Sheffield Universities.
He was appointed Reader in Public Law in 2018. He is a founding contributor to the blog Human Rights in Ireland and has written for The Conversation and The Guardian.
Many of Colin's research papers are available open-access on SSRN and academia.edu. His research has been cited in the UK Supreme Court, and has also informed UK Government consultations and Parliamentary Committee reports across a range of public law issues.
These include prisoner voting, the office of Lord Chancellor and the nature of the UK's devolution arrangements. He leads a major ESRC research project on the impact of Brexit upon governance and identity in Northern Ireland.
He tweets from @niconstitution (on governance in Northern Ireland), @mastermamurray (on UK constitutional law) and @tctlaw (on counter-terrorism law).