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Education CV


Doctor of Philosophy,  Cambridge (Oct. 2015- July 2018)

 I recently submitted a thesis examining the utility of codified Bills of Rights in the British context. I am due to be examined over the summer. My thesis was fully funded by the AHRC.


Fields of research

Administrative Law, Common Law Theory, Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law Theory, Human Rights, Jurisprudence.



  • T A Fairclough, “Evans v Attorney General: The Underlying Normativity of Constitutional Disagreement” in Juss S and Sunkin M (eds), Landmark Cases in Public Law (Hart 2017).
  • T A Fairclough, “Terrorism, Journalism, Declarations, and Dichotomies: A Closer Look at Miranda” [2016] 26(2) JR 123.
  • T A Fairclough, “Black Spiders and Public Lawyers: Constitutionalism Revisited?” [2016] 26(1) JR 44.

Blog Posts:

  • T A Fairclough, "Privacy International: Constitutional Substance over Semantics in Reading Ouster Clauses" UK Const L Blog (December 2017).
  • T A Fairclough, "What's New About the Rule of Law? A Reply to Michael Hain" UK Const L Blog (September 2017).
  • T A Fairclough, “Article 50 and the Royal Prerogative” UK Const L Blog (July 2016).
  • T A Fairclough, “Judicial Review and Article 50: Some Preliminary Issues” UK Const L Blog (July 2016).
  • T A Fairclough, “Constitutional Change, Standing Orders, and EVEL: A Step in the Wrong Direction?” UK Const L Blog (February 2016).

Presented Papers:

  • T A Fairclough, “The Reach of Common Law Rights” Paper selected for a British Academy workshop on “Human Rights after Brexit: The Future of Human Rights in the UK”, March 2017. Professor Alison Young was discussant. 
  • T A Fairclough, “Unity in Disagreement:Evans, Interpretivism, and the British Constitution” Paper given at the Cambridge Public Law Conference, September 2016. 
  • T A Fairclough, “Disagreement, Judicial Review, and the Concept of Law” Paper given to Oxford University’s Public Law Discussion Group, March 2016. 


Human Rights in Constitutional Context: Interpreting the British Constitution

Start Date

Oct 2015

End date

Jul 2018