QC (Hon), MA, DCL (Oxon), LLD (Hon, Bristol), FBA, FRSA
My research interests cover a wide range of public law fields. I have recently been looking at the idea and practice of constitutionalism, ways in which human rights law affects administrative justice, the interplay of principles of national, international and EU law in protecting human rights in administrative processes to combat terrorism, the record of the House of Lords as a judicial body in protecting human rights, judicial independence, the passage of the Human Rights Act 1998 through Parliament, interpretation of constitutional legislation, and the role of constitutional bills of rights in transitional or emerging states like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq and Kosovo. I am now engaged in three research projects. The first (with Professor James Fawcett of the University of Nottingham) examines the relationship between human rights and private international law. The second concerns the practical implications and theoretical foundations of the idea of invalidity of in administrative law. The third seeks to use comparison of constitutions in a variety of states to illuminate factors influencing constitutions at different stages of their development, from initiating a constitution-making process to the death of a constitution. All these matters are important for theoretical and practical reasons when states are designing or reforming their constitutions or trying to act justly in the face of change.
‘Constitutionalism, Deliberative Democracy and Human Rights’, in John Morison, Kieran McEvoy and Gordon Anthony (eds.), Human Rights, Democracy and Transition: Essays in Honour of Stephen Livingstone (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), chapter 20, pp. 443-466.
‘The Role of Constitutional Principles in protecting International Peace and Security through International, Supranational and National Legal Institutions’, in Claudia Geiringer and Dean R. Knight (eds.), Seeing the World Whole: Essays in Honour of Sir Kenneth Keith (Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press, 2008), pp. 17-47.
(as editor and contributor) English Public Law 2nd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
‘Changes in Human Rights’, in Michael Adler (ed.), Administrative Justice in Context (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2010), chapter 5, pp. 97-126.
‘“Which in Your Case You Have Not Got”: Constitutionalism at Home and Abroad’, (2011) 64 Current Legal Problems 117-149 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).