Colleges, School and Institutes
Alan joined Birmingham Law School in Septebmer 2018 as a Senior Lecturer in public law and human rights. 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.
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 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.
Willingness to take PhD students
States of emergency