Bob Dylan and the law

12 July 2018

There was a time when much of the writing about Bob Dylan’s work consisted of the hagiographic musings of eccentric obsessives known as ‘Dylanologists’. In more recent years, however, analysis of Dylan’s body of work has become a more respectable pursuit, no doubt assisted by Dylan’s acquisition of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.

John Cotter

John Cotter BCL, LLB (Hons) (NUI), BL (King's Inns), Barrister (Middle Temple), PhD (Dubl) is a Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of International and European Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University.


He completed a BCL (Law and German) degree at University College Cork 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 without corrections at Trinity College Dublin in November 2016: his thesis was entitled: "Extra-Legal Steadying Factors in the Article 267 TFEU Preliminary Reference Procedure".


John worked as a Research Assistant at the Office of the Attorney General on the Statute Law Revision Project in 2006-2007. He practised at the Irish bar from 2007 to 2011. He lectured and tutored part-time at Dublin City University from 2010-2012.


From January-July 2012, John was a Visiting Scholar at Universität Rostock, Germany. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales at Middle Temple in July 2014.


From January 2013-August 2017, John was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. During this time, he also taught courses in Mauritius and Sri Lanka in Public Law and European Union law respectively.


He is also a member of the editorial board of the Irish Community Development Law Journal.


John is overly enthused about music from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, playing guitar and singing, FC Bayern München, Shakespeare's history plays, and Earl Grey tea (with milk).