Alan Greene

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Biography

Alan's research focuses on the limits of constitutionalism, judicial review, and the role of courts in vindicating the rule of law. He explores these themes in the context of emergency powers, counter-terrorism, constituent power, and the judicial protection of human rights more generally. His first book Permanent States of Emergency and the Rule of Law: Constitutions in an Age of Crisis (Hart Publishing, 2018) was shortlisted for the 2018 Society of Legal Scholars Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.  His latest book is Emergency Powers in a Time of Pandemic (Bristol University Press, 2020) and explores how states can best protect human rights and the rule of law while responding to a pandemic. 

In February 2021, Alan was appointed by the Irish Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, to the six-person Independent Review Group to examine the Offences Against the State Act-- Ireland's primary counter-terrorism legislation. The group is chaired by former judge of the Court of Appeal, Mr Justice Michael Peart.

Alan joined Birmingham Law School in September 2018. Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor at Durham Law School (2013-2018) and has also taught at University College Dublin School of Law during his period as a PhD Candidate there. Alan's PhD was supported by a UCD School of Law Doctoral Scholarship and Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship.

 

He has published widely in journals such as the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Legal Studies, The International and Comparative Law Quarterly, The Modern Law Review, Public Law, the European Human Rights Law Review and The Irish Jurist.

Alan is very interested in hearing from potential PhD candidates in the area of constituent power, states of emergency, counter-terrorism, and the judicial protection of human rights. 

Research interests

Alan's research focuses on the limits of constitutionalism, judicial review, and the role of courts in vindicating the rule of law. He explores these themes in the context of emergency powers, counter-terrorism, constituent power, and the judicial protection of human rights more generally. His first book Permanent States of Emergency and the Rule of Law: Constitutions in an Age of Crisis (Hart Publishing, 2018) was shortlisted for the 2018 Society of Legal Scholars Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.  He has published widely in journals such as Legal Studies, The International and Comparative Law Quarterly, The Modern Law Review, Public Law, and The Irish Jurist.

Alan has held visiting positions at Durham Law School (2013) and Columbia Law School (2012). He is very interested in hearing from potential PhD candidates in the area of constituent power, states of emergency, counter-terrorism, and the judicial protection of human rights. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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