University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

Dr Mark Elliott

Faculty Contact Details


 : 01223 330065

College Contact Details


 : 01223 338338

Associated Lecturers

St Catharine's College

MA, PhD (Cantab)

Reader in Public Law


My research interests lie in the field of public law, broadly conceived. I have published widely in that area, addressing such matters as judicial review, devolution, local government, parliamentary sovereignty, judicial control of prerogative power, public sector ombudsmen, tribunals, public inquiries and the nature and implications of bills of rights. My most recent books are the second edition of Public Law (with Robert Thomas) and the fourth edition of Beatson, Matthews and Elliott's Administrative Law: Text and Materials. I am currently editing (with David Feldman) The Cambridge Companion to Public Law and (with Hanna Wilberg) a collection of essays entitled The Scope and Intensity of Substantive Review: Traversing Michael Taggart’s Rainbow. I am the author of a blog about public law, and can be found on Twitter as @DrMarkElliott. Further information about my academic interests and publications can be found on my personal website. The full text of some of my papers can be accessed via my SSRN author page


CV / Biography

I am a Reader in Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where I am Director of Studies for Parts IA and IB of the Law Tripos. I am also Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Constitution Committee. In addition, I am a Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law's Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, and in 2011 was the New Zealand Legal Research Foundation's Visiting Scholar at The University of Auckland. I am the receipient of a University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Excellence in University Teaching. 

Lecturing & Supervising

Lectures and supervises Administrative Law and Constitutional Law.


Publication 2740 Public Law (Oxford University Press)

Publisher Oxford University Press
Published Mar 2011
ISBN 10 0199237107
ISBN 13 978-0199237104
Co Authors Robert Thomas
Available at heffers

Publication 2278 Effective Judicial Review: A Cornerstone of Good Governance (Ed) (Oxford University Press)

Publisher Oxford University Press
Published Mar 2010
ISBN 13 978-0-19-958105-4
Co Authors Christopher Forsyth, Swati Jhaveri, Anne Scully-Hill and Michael Ramsden
Available at heffers

Publication 108 "The Legitimacy of Judicial Review" [2003] PL 286

Published Apr 2003
Co Authors CF Forsyth
Book Chapters

Publication 2738 "Constitutional Law" in Barnard, O'Sullivan and Virgo (Ed), What About Law? (Hart Publishing), pp. 149-180

Publisher Hart Publishing
Pages 149-180
Published Mar 2011
ISBN 10 184946085X
ISBN 13 978-1849460859
Authors Barnard, O'Sullivan and Virgo (Ed)
Available at heffers
Case Notes

Publication 3892 "Response to Government Consultation Paper: Judicial Review: Proposals for Further Reform" (Nov 2013)

Published Nov 2013
Co Authors Tom Hickman, Stephen Grosz, Sir Jeffrey Jowell, Lawrence McNamara

Publication 3785 "Response to Government Consultation Paper: Judicial Review: Proposals for Reform" (Cambridge Centre for Public Law, Jan 2013)

Body/Insitution Cambridge Centre for Public Law
Published Jan 2013
Co Authors John Bell, David Feldman, Christopher Forsyth and Jason Varuhas

Publication 3786 "Response to first consultation by Commission on a Bill of Rights" (Cambridge Centre for Public Law, Nov 2011)

Body/Insitution Cambridge Centre for Public Law
Published Nov 2011
Co Authors John Allison, John Bell, David Feldman, Christopher Forsyth, Bob Hepple, David Howarth, Kirsty Hughes, Stephanie Palmer and Emma Waring
Conference Papers
Documents, Handouts and Articles

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