Dr John Cotter

Senior Lecturer in Law

John Cotter
Email address: John.Cotter@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 321743 Location: Mary Seacole Building Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences School/Institute: Wolverhampton Law School Areas of expertise: European Union Law and Jurisprudence


John Cotter BCL, LLB (Hons) (NUI), PhD (Dubl), Barrister (King's Inns & Middle Temple) is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton Law School. He is the module leader of Administrative Law and Human Rights, and the Law of the European Union at undergraduate level, and the Immigration Law elective on the LPC programme.

Dr Cotter completed a BCL (Law and German) degree at University College Cork, Ireland in 2004. He spent the academic year of 2002/03 at Universität Konstanz, Germany. He subsequently received a first class honours LLB degree from University College Cork in 2005 before being called to the Bar of Ireland in 2006, having graduated from King's Inns with merit. John passed his PhD viva at Trinity College Dublin without corrections in November 2016: his thesis was entitled “Extra-Legal Steadying Factors in the Article 267 TFEU Preliminary Reference Procedure”.

Dr Cotter worked as a Research Assistant at the Office of the Attorney General of Ireland on the Statute Law Revision Project in 2006-2007. He practiced at the Irish bar from 2007 to 2011. He lectured and tutored part-time at Dublin City University from 2009-2012, lecturing Advanced European Union Law, Advanced Tort Law, Advanced Contract Law and Introduction to Law as well as tutoring Jurisprudence. He was from January-July 2012 a Visiting Scholar at Universität Rostock, Germany. John was called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2014. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Irish Review of Community Economic Development Law and Policy.

Research interests

Dr Cotter’s research interests lie in jurisprudence and European Union law. His jurisprudential interest is primarily in American legal realism, in particular, the works of Karl Llewellyn. Dr Cotter also conducts research into the work of the Court of Justice of the European Union. His PhD thesis combined these interests by developing further the theories of Llewellyn and applying them to the Article 267 TFEU preliminary reference procedure.

PhD supervision

Dr Cotter would be happy to receive MPhil or PhD enquiries in the areas of EU law, jurisprudence and constitutional law.

Membership of professional bodies

  • The Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin, Ireland, Ordinary Member (2006-present)
  • Society of Legal Scholars, Ordinary Member (2012-present)
  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, Called to the Bar of England and Wales, July 2014
  • Bar of England and Wales (Unregistered), (2014-present)


BCL (Hons), LLB (Hons) (NUI), BL (King’s Inns), PG Cert (Wolverhampton), FHEA, PhD (Dublin)



Cotter, J., “‘Keep Calm and Carry On’: EU Legal Developments in 2016” (2017) Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review of the European Union (forthcoming)

Cotter, J., “When the Court can Reverse its Decision” (2014) 19 Bar Review 127

Cotter, J., “The German Federal Constitutional Court and Welfare Benefits for Asylum Seekers: Consequences for the Direct Provision and Dispersal Scheme in Ireland?” (2013) 31 Irish Law Times 6 (Part I) and 23 (Part II)

Non peer-reviewed:

Cotter, J., “Human Rights Protection and the Perils of Majoritarian Democracy: The Prospective Demise of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFREU) in the UK” Cork Online Law Review, 19 April 2017

Cotter, J., “R (Miller) v The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2016] EWHC 2768 (Admin) : Realpolitik and the Revocation of an Article 50 TEU Notification to Withdraw” UNIO EU Law Journal Official Blog, 2 December 2016

Further information

Teaching interests

European Union Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law and Human Rights