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Email

aly23@cam.ac.uk

College Contact Details

Room: Room 2, 6 Adams Road

Tel: 30698

LLB (Law with French) BCL (Oxon) D Phil (Oxon)
Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law

Interests

I research in all aspects of public law, both of the UK and the EU. My main interest is in constitutional theory, particularly dialogue theory, where I draw comparisons between different means of protecting human rights. I'm also interested in comparative public law, specifically drawing comparisons between UK law, EU law, the law in other commonwealth countries and France. I also have research interests in freedom of expression and in the protection of human rights through private law. 

I  have published widely in all of these areas, and am the author of Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act  (Hart Publishing, 2009). I was the recipient of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2015. The Fellowship enabled me to  write a book on dialogue theory, Democratic Dialogue and the Constitution (OUP, 2017), which was a runner up for the main Inner Temple Book Prize, 2018. 

CV / Biography

I am the Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Robinson College. I currently co-edit the UKCLA blog on constitutional law, and am a member of the Editorial Board of European Public Law. I'm also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I'm affiliated with the Oxford Human Rights Hub and with the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government, both at the University of Oxford. I am also an Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. 

Before joining the University of Cambridge I studied for a Law (with French) degree at the University of Birmingham, spending a year at the Université de Limoges as part of my degree. I then completed the BCL and D Phil at Hertford College, University of Oxford. I spent three years as a Tutorial Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, before returning to Hertford as a Fellow in Law and later Professor of Public Law at the University of Oxford. At Oxford I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and received awards for Teaching Excellence and Innovation from the University of Oxford. 

 

Publications

 

Books

"The UK Constitution after Miller: Brexit and Beyond" (Hart Publishing) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
Professor Mark Elliott and Jack Williams
Publisher:
Hart Publishing
ISBN 13:
9781509916412
Published Jul 2018

"Democratic Dialogue and the Constitution" (Oxford University Press)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
ISBN 13:
978-0-19-878374-9
Published Jan 2017

"Sovereignty and the Law: Domestic, European and International Law Perspectives" (Oxford University Press) (Ed)

Co-Author/s:
R Rawlings and P Leyland
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Published Jun 2013

"Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act " (Hart)

Publisher:
Hart
ISBN 13:
978-1-84113-830-5
Published Sep 2009

Articles

"Populism and the UK Constitution" (2018) 71 Current Legal Problems 17

Citation:
(2018) 71 Current Legal Problems 17
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1093/clp/cuy009
Published: Dec 2018

"Brexit, Miller, and the Regulation of Treaty Withdrawal: One Step Forwards, Two Steps Back?" [2017] 111 AJIL Unbound 434

Citation:
[2017] 111 AJIL Unbound 434
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1017/aju.2017.97
Published: Jan 2018

"The Constitutional Implications of Brexit" [2017] European Public Law 757

Citation:
[2017] European Public Law 757
Published: Nov 2017

"R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union: Thriller or Vanilla?" [2017] ELJ 280

Citation:
[2017] ELJ 280
Published: Mar 2017

"Regaining Sovereignty?: Brexit, the UK Parliament and the Common Law" (2016) 22 European Public Law 131

Co-Author/s:
Graham Gee
Citation:
(2016) 22 European Public Law 131
Published: Jan 2016

"Will you, Won't you, Will you join the Deference Dance?" (2014) OJLS 375

Citation:
(2014) OJLS 375
Published: Jun 2014

"The Rule of Law in the United Kingdom: Formal or Substantive" (2012) 6 International Constitutional Law 259

Citation:
(2012) 6 International Constitutional Law 259
Published: Sep 2012

"Is Dialogue working under the Human Rights Act?" [2011] PL 773

Citation:
[2011] PL 773
Published: Oct 2011

"Sovereignty: Demise, Afterlife or Partial Resurrection?" (2011) 9 ICON 163

Citation:
(2011) 9 ICON 163
Published: Mar 2011

"Deference, Dialogue and the Search for Legitimacy" [2010] OJLS 815

Citation:
[2010] OJLS 815
Published: Sep 2010

"In Defence of Due Deference" (2009) 72 MLR 554

Citation:
(2009) 72 MLR 554
Published: Jul 2009

"Human Rights, Horizontality and the Public/Private Divide: Towards a Holistic Approach" (2009) 2 UCL Human Rights Law Review 159

Citation:
(2009) 2 UCL Human Rights Law Review 159
Published: Jun 2009

"Hunting Sovereignty: Jackson v Attorney General" [2006] PL 187

Citation:
[2006] PL 187
Published: Jun 2006

"A Peculiarly British Protection of Human Rights" (2005) 65 MLR 858

Citation:
(2005) 65 MLR 858
Published: Oct 2005

"The Charter, Constitution and Human Rights: is this the Beginning or the End for Human Rights Protections by Community law?" (2005) 11 European Public Law 219

Citation:
(2005) 11 European Public Law 219
Published: Mar 2005

"Ghaidan v Godin-Mendoza: Avoiding the Deference Trap" [2005] PL 23

Citation:
[2005] PL 23
Published: Jan 2005

"The Rise of Prospective Henry VIII Clauses and their Implications for Sovereignty" [2003] PL 112

Co-Author/s:
N W Barber
Citation:
[2003] PL 112
Published: Jan 2003

"Remedial and Substantive Horizontality: the Common Law and Douglas v Hello! Ltd" [2002] PL 232

Citation:
[2002] PL 232
Published: Jun 2002

"Judicial Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act 1998" (2001) 61 CLJ 53

Citation:
(2001) 61 CLJ 53
Published: Jan 2001

"Fact, Opinion and the Human Rights Act 1998: Does English law need to modify its definition of 'statements of opinion' to ensure compliance with Article 10 ECHR?" (2000) 20 1 OJLS 89

Citation:
(2000) 20 1 OJLS 89
Published: Jan 2000

Book Chapters

"The Relationship between Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary", J Jowell and C O'Cinneade (eds) The Changing Constitution (Oxford University Press), pp. 325-357

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Pages:
325-357
ISBN 13:
9780198806363
Published Jul 2019

"Europe's Gift to the United Kingdom: Juridification", A Albi and S Bardutzky (eds) National Constitutions in European and Global Governance: Democracy, Rights and the Rule of Law (National Reports) (Springer ), pp. 83-139

Publisher:
Springer
Pages:
83-139
ISBN 13:
978-94-6265-273-6
Published Jun 2019

"'Populism and Parliamentary Sovereignty: the Goldsworthy Solution' ", L Burton Crawford, P Emerton and D Smith (eds) Law under a Democratic Constitution: Essays in Honour of Jeffrey Goldsworthy (Hart ), pp. 175-197

Publisher:
Hart
Pages:
175-197
ISBN 13:
9781509920853
Published May 2019

"The Miller Tale: An Introduction", M Elliott, J Williams and AL Young (eds), The UK Constitution after Miller: Brexit and Beyond (Hart Publishing) (Ed)

Publisher:
Hart Publishing
ISBN 13:
9781509916412
Published Jul 2018

"Miller and the Future of Constitutional Adjudication", M Elliott, J Williams and AL Young (eds), The UK Constitution after Miller: Brexit and Beyond (Hart Publishing) (Ed)

Publisher:
Hart Publishing
ISBN 13:
9781509916412
Published Jul 2018

"Dialogue, Deliberation and Human Rights " (Ed), R Levy, H Kong G Orr and J King (eds) 'The Cambridge Handbook of Deliberative Constitutionalism' (CUP), pp. 125-138

Publisher:
CUP
Pages:
125-138
ISBN 13:
9781108289474
Published Apr 2018

"Exporting Dialogue: Critical Reflections on Canada's "Commonwealth" Model of Human Rights Protections", R Albert and D R Cameron (eds) Canada in the World: Comparative Perspectives on the Canadian Constitution (Cambridge University Press), pp. 324

Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Pages:
324
ISBN 13:
9781108419734
Published Nov 2017

"Proportionality ", S Vogenauer and S Weatherill (eds), General Principles of Law: European and Comparative Perspectives (Hart) (Ed)

Publisher:
Hart
Published Sep 2017

"EU fundamental rights and judicial reasoning: towards a theory of human rights adjudication for the EU", S Douglas-Scott and N Hatzis (eds) Research Handbook on EU Law and Human Rights (Edward Elgar), pp. 198

Publisher:
Edward Elgar
Pages:
198
ISBN 13:
978 1 78254 639 9
Published Jul 2017

"Lord Hoffmann and Public Law: TV Dinner or Dining at the Savoy?", Paul S Davies and Justine Pila (eds) The Jurisprudence of Lord Hoffmann (Hart), pp. 115-135

Publisher:
Hart
Pages:
115-135
ISBN 13:
9781849465915
Published Sep 2015

"Proportionality is Dead: Long Live Proportionality!", G Huscroft, B Miller and G Webber (eds), Proportionality and the Rule of Law: Rights, Justification and Reasoning (Cambridge University Press)

Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Published Sep 2014

"Accountability, Human Rights Adjudication and the Human Rights Act 1998", N Bamforth and P Leyland (eds) Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution (Oxford University Press)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Published Oct 2013

"The Human Rights Act 1998, Horizontality and the Constitutionalisation of Private Law", K Ziegler and P Huber (eds) Current Problems in the Protection of Human Rights (Hart) (Ed)

Publisher:
Hart
Published Sep 2013

"Parliamentary Sovereignty Redefined", R Rawlings, P Leyland and A L Young (eds), Sovereignty and the Law: Domestic European and International Perspectives (Ed)

Published Sep 2013

"Mapping Horizontality", D Hoffman (ed) The Impact of the UK Human Rights Act on Private Law (Cambridge University Press)

Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Published Apr 2013

"Precedent", D Hoffman (ed) The Impact of the UK Human Rights Act on Private Law (Cambridge University Press)

Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Published Apr 2011

"Horizontality and the Human Rights Act 1998", K Ziegler (ed) Human Rights and Private Law: Privacy as Autonomy (Hart)

Publisher:
Hart
Published Sep 2007

"Dialogue and its Myths: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' ", G Sigalet, G Webber and R Dixon (eds) 'Constitutional Dialogue: Rights, Democracy, Institutions' (CUP), pp. 35-57

Publisher:
CUP
Pages:
35-57
ISBN 13:
978-1-108-41758-7

Book Reviews

M Gordon: Parliamentary Sovereignty in the UK Constitution [2016] PL 367

Published Apr 2016

Hiebert and Kelly; Parliamentary Bills of Rights: The Experience of New Zealand and the United Kingdom [2015] 63 American Journal of Comparative Law 810

Published Sep 2015

K Ewing, Bonfire of the Liberties (2010) 6 European Human Rights Law Review 659

Published Dec 2010

Protecting Rights without a Bill of Rights: Institutional Performance and Reform in Australia [2007] PL 846

Published Dec 2007

Democracy Through Law [2006] PL 873

Published Dec 2006

The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century (2005) 121 LQR 168

Published Jan 2005

Courts and Political Institutions: a Comparative View [2003] PL 434

Published Sep 2003

A Theory of Deference in Administrative Law: Basis, Application and Scope [2000] PL 898

Published Dec 2000

Making Rights Real: The Human Rights Act in its First Decade (2000) 68 CLJ 473

Published Oct 2000

Case Notes

The Presumption that Legislative Provisions do not Bind the Crown: Proposed Modification Goes up in Smoke (2018) 77 CLJ 237

DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1017/S0008197318000430
Published: Jul 2018

Political Libel in New Zealand (2001) 117 LQR 175

Published: Mar 2001

Reports

Common Sense or Confusion?: The Human Rights Act and the Conservative Party

Co-Author/s:
Stephen Dimelow
Reference Number:
http://www.consoc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/COSJ3217_Common_Sense_or_Confusion_WEB.pdf
Body / Institution:
Constitution Society
Published: Feb 2015