Colm McGrath was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland where he attended St Malachy’s College, leaving with A-Levels in History, Politics, Latin and German. In 2001 he began reading law at Corpus Christi College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. There he was awarded numerous scholarships for his work including the George Long University Prize for Civil Law in his second year. He was active within the University setting up a poetry journal and recording local bands. He graduated with a double first in 2004, receiving a Life Scholarship from Corpus Christi. Staying on at Cambridge, he began reading for a doctorate in January 2005.
His doctoral thesis, supervised by Profs John Bell and David Ibbetson, studies the Development of the Role of Fault in Medical Negligence in Germany and England: 1850-2000, and forms part of a wider project on European Legal Development funded by the AHRC and based at Cambridge. Whilst a doctoral candidate in Cambridge he taught on the Comparative Law, European Legal History and Roman law courses. From March 2009 he began a Research Assistantship at the Institute for European Tort Law in Vienna under Prof Ken Oliphant. In 2011 he took over as Co-General Editor of the long-running Journal of Professional Negligence. In 2012 he joined the scientific staff of the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law under Prof Helmut Koziol and took up a post as a University Assistant at the University of Graz where he lectures in comparative private law and common law.
His main research interests to date are the relationship between law and society, the influence of historical structures on modern law, comparative analysis of both European and Common law tort systems and the nature of professional liability. Future plans focus on Environmental law in the UK.