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Education CV


2017-20: PhD Candidate in Law, University of Cambridge,

  • Co-convener of the Modern Law Review Seminar on Religious Freedom and Sexual Orientation Discrimination: Can the Law Enforce Mere Civility? (2019)
  • Co-organiser of the Cambridge Legal Theory Discussion Group (2018/2019)
  • Co-convener of the Cambridge Legal Theory Symposium (2018)
  • PhD representative on the Law Faculty Board (2017/2018)
  • Co-interviewer for undergraduate law admissions at Corpus Christi College (2017)
  • Editor at the Cambridge Law Review (2017/2018)

2016-17: M.Sc. in Law and Anthropology, The London School of Economics and Political Science,

2012-16: LL.B. (First Class Honours), Trinity College Dublin.



2019-20: Constitutional Law supervisions (Jesus College, Cambridge)

2018-20: Jurisprudence LL.M. seminars (Cambridge)


Scholarships and Prizes:

2017-20: Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship,

               Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship (Cambridge),

               Cambridge International Trust Scholarship (Cambridge),

2016: Julian Prize (Trinity College Dublin), awarded for placing second in the year upon graduating from the LL.B. program.

Fields of research

Jurisprudence, Constitutional Theory, Anti-Discrimination Law, Equality Law,


Equality Before the Law


This project seeks to explore the philosophical underpinnings of the principle of equality before the law, arguing that it is a substantive constitutional principle which manifestly limits the content of legal rules. I also wish to introduce an additional lens of analysis which focuses on the conflict between differing conceptions of the principle and to examine how these conceptions relate to and inform differing aspects of equality and anti-discrimination law.


Professor Trevor Allan

Representative Publications

In addition to the below journal articles:

Conference Papers:

2019: (Commentary) 'Equality', [in J. Raz, The Morality of Freedom], Cambridge Forum for Legal and Political Philosophy,

2019: 'Non-Discrimination and the Importance of Expressive Meaning', Symposium on Discrimination and Subordination, University of Toronto, 

2019: The Rule of Law and the Separateness of Persons, Cambridge Legal Theory Graduate Workshop, King's College, Cambridge,

2019: 'Separate But Equal? Discrimination and the Problem of Sex Segregation', Marshall McLuhan Symposium, Trinity Hall Cambridge,

2019: (Commentary) 'Anti-Discrimination Rights Without Equality' [E Holmes, MLR, 2005], Cambridge Forum for Legal and Political Philosophy,

2018: 'The Rule of Good Law: Means, Ends, and Fundamental Rights', Cambridge Legal Theory Symposium,

2018: 'Civilising the Savage: Human Rights, Multiculturalism, and Law', Trinity College Law Review Annual Law School Colloquium,

2016: 'Theocratic Constitutionalism and the Islamic State', Trinity College Law Review Annual Law School Colloquium,

2015: 'Terrorism, Extremism, and Faith', The Peace Between Religions in a World of Crisis hosted by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong,

2014: 'Suing the State: A Conflux of Public and Private Law Principles', Trinity College Law Review Annual Law School Colloquium.


Start Date

Oct 2017




"Equality Before the Law: A Substantive Constitutional Principle" [2020] Public Law (forthcoming)

[2020] Public Law (forthcoming)
Published: Forthcoming

"Discrimination as an Individual Wrong " [2019] Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 39(4) 901-929

[2019] Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 39(4) 901-929
Published: Oct 2019

"The Rule of Good Law: Form, Substance, and Fundamental Rights" [2019] The Cambridge Law Journal, 78(3), 570-595

[2019] The Cambridge Law Journal, 78(3), 570-595
Published: Oct 2019