I am a legal academic at the University of Oxford and a fellow at Brasenose College.
I write in the philosophy of law and public law. Lately I’ve been working on projects about reasonableness, rational reconstruction, and analogy.
I co-organise the Oxford Seminars in Jurisprudence. I also co-chair the Research Group in Legal Philosophy at Oxford.
Here’s my CV. My email address and contact information are on the first page.
Works in Progress
‘State & Law’
‘Wednesbury Unreasonableness’ (draft)
‘Precedent and Fairness’ (SSRN)
‘According to Law’ (draft)
‘The Power to Forgive’ (with J. Edwards) (SSRN)
‘Plainly Wrong’, Modern Law Review (forthcoming) (SSRN)
‘Interpretive Theory in Public Law’ in P. Daly and J. Tomlinson (eds), Researching Public Law in Common Law Systems (Edward Elgar) (with F. Ahmed) (forthcoming)
‘Consistency in Administrative Law’ in H. Kristjansson, S. Lewis, and T. Endicott (eds), Philosophical Foundations of Precedent (OUP) (forthcoming) (SSRN)
‘Standing and Civic Virtue’, Law Quarterly Review, 2018, vol. 134, pp. 239-256 (with F. Ahmed) (SSRN)
‘Mercy and the Roles of Judges’ in J. Jacobs and J. Jackson (eds), Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics (Routledge 2016) 255-266
‘The Crown’s Administrative Powers’, Law Quarterly Review, 2015, vol. 131, pp. 652-672 (SSRN)
‘Expertise, Deference, and Giving Reasons’, Public Law, 2012, vol. 2, pp. 221-230 (with F. Ahmed) (SSRN)
‘Review: Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis’, University of British Columbia Law Review, 2010, vol. 43, pp. 269-279
‘Unlucky Section 13: Sexual Activity Between Children and the Sexual Offences Act 2003’, King’s Law Journal, 2009, vol. 21, pp. 327-339
Teaching & Supervision
I’ve taught courses in Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Human Rights Law, Jurisprudence, Justice and Law, Mercy, and Precedent & Analogy. Here are some recent reading lists:
Administrative Law (2023)
Constitutional Law (2022)
Justice & Law (2022)
Precedent in Law (2022)
Mercy & Law (2020)
I welcome enquiries from potential research students in any of the areas I work in.