CV / Biography
Currently: Rouse Ball Professor of English Law since 2004; Fellow of Downing College since 2003. Fellow of the British Academy since 2006. Appointed Q.C. honoris causa 2008, and awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by the University of Bristol in 2013. Honorary Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn since 2003. Academic Associate of 39 Essex Chambers, London.
Previously: Studied at Exeter College, Oxford 1972-76. Lecturer in Law 1976-89, Reader in Law 1989-92, University of Bristol; Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Law, Australian National University 1989; Barber Professor of Jurisprudence, The University of Birmingham 1992-2000 (Dean of Law 1997-2000); Legal Adviser to Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Human Rights, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, and Professor of Law, The University of Birmingham 2000-04; Judge of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2002-10 (a Vice-President of the Court 2006-09); Acting Director of the Centre for Public Law, University of Cambridge, 2004-05; Chairman of the Faculty Board of Law and of the Faculty of Law, 2006-09; Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow, University of Melbourne, July-August 2006; Sir John C. Smith Senior Visiting Scholar, School of Law, University of Nottingham, February 2010; President of Society of Legal Scholars for 2010-11; Specialist Adviser to Joint Select Committee on the Detention of Terrorist Suspects (Temporary Extension) Bills, March to June 2011; Chairman of the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Sciences, 2013-16.