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Dr David Yuratich


I am a Senior Lecturer in Law and also act as the Deputy Director of Education and Student Experience for the Law School. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My teaching and research lie mainly in the fields of public law, EU law, and legal education; I also have extensive teaching experience in human rights law, contract law, and criminal law.

I am particularly interested in public legal education and recently worked with the UK Supreme Court to write, co-produce, and co-present 'Inside The Supreme Court', a free online course which introduces the Court's work and its role in the UK legal system to a general audience. This course, which you can access using this link, includes interviews with current and former Justices and discusses topics including the creation of the Court, its position in the UK's legal system, the way in which it reached six of its most significant decisions, how it compares to other courts around the world, and the work done by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

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I am a teaching-focussed lecturer, which means most of my publications and research interests have a particular eye on education. My research interests include:

  • Public law
  • EU law
  • The role of judges in developing a legal system and concepts of democracy
  • Public legal education
  • Gamification in legal education
  • Creating communities in legal education
  • The relationship between law and popular culture

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External impact and engagement

Over the past several years I have worked with the UK Supreme Court on a number of projects, including:

  • 'Be a Justice' workshops, held on Open Days, which took a general audience on an interactive discussion of one of two major cases: Bull v Hall [2013] UKSC 73 and Isle of Wight Council v Platt [2017] UKSC 28.
  • The development of 'Legal Landmarks' videos, discussing ten important legal decisions decided between 1670 and 2019. You can see these on YouTube here.
  • The 'Inside the Supreme Court' online course, which introduces the work of the court and of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and discusses how its decisions are reached.

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Modules taught

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I joined Exeter in August 2022, having previously been a lecturer in law at Royal Holloway, University of London and, before that, at Bournemouth University.

I am the Treasurer of the Association of Law Teachers, which is a major scholarly society for those interested in the teaching of law.

My PhD research was completed at the University of Reading between 2010-2014, and was titled 'The Court of Justice of the European Union's Role in Developing EU Democracy'. During my time at Reading, I taught as a part-time lecturer between 2009-2013.

I also hold a BA History from the University of Exeter, a Graduate Diploma in Law from Southampton Solent University, and an LLM in European Union Law from the University of Reading.

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