I started out interested in public law, then I got absorbed in jurisprudence for quite a while. Now I research mainly at the intersection of the two areas. I like taking philosophical ideas about concepts relevant to law (eg, rules, powers, and mercy) and using them to deepen our understanding of public law doctrines (eg, about parliamentary sovereignty, the Crown’s prerogative, and pardons). I co-author with Farrah Ahmed, Richard Albert, and Adam Tucker.

Works in Progress

Perry, A., ‘Plan B: A Theory of Judicial Review’

Perry, A., Ahmed, F., Albert, R. ‘Judging Constitutional Conventions’

Perry, A., ‘Government Mercy’

Perry, A. ‘Strained Interpretations’ (first draft)

Perry, A. ‘The Pardon Paradox’ (planning stages)

Perry, A. ‘Superconventions’ (planning stages)


Perry, A., Tucker, A. ‘Top-Down Constitutional Conventions’, Modern Law Review


Perry, A., Ahmed, F. ‘Standing and Civic Virtue’, Law Quarterly Review, 2018, vol. 134, 239-256

Perry, A. ‘Mercy and Caprice Under the Indian Constitution’, Indian Law Review, 2017, vol. 1, 1-13

Perry, A. ‘The Flexibility Rule in Administrative Law’, Cambridge Law Journal, 2017, vol. 76, pp. 375-398

Perry, A., Ahmed, F. ‘Constitutional Statutes’, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 2017, vol. 37, pp. 461-481

Perry, A. ‘Mercy and the Roles of Judges’ in J. Jacobs and J. Jackson (eds), Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics (Routledge 2016) 255-266

Perry, A. ‘The Crown’s Administrative Powers’, Law Quarterly Review, 2015, vol. 131, pp. 652-672

Perry, A. ‘The Internal Aspect of Social Rules’, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 2015, vol. 35, pp. 283-300

Perry, A., Ahmed, F. ‘The Quasi-Entrenchment of Constitutional Statutes’, Cambridge Law Journal, 2014, vol. 73, pp. 514-535

Perry, A., Ahmed, F. ‘The Coherence of the Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations’, Cambridge Law Journal, 2014, vol. 73, pp. 61-85

Perry, A. ‘Constitutional Conventions and the Prince of Wales’, Modern Law Review, 2013, vol. 76(6), pp. 1119-1128

Perry A, Ahmed F. ‘Expertise, Deference, and Giving Reasons’, Public Law, 2012, vol. 2, pp. 221-230

Perry, A. ‘Review: Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis’, University of British Columbia Law Review, 2010, vol. 43, pp. 269-279

Perry, A. ‘Unlucky Section 13: Sexual Activity Between Children and the Sexual Offences Act 2003’, King’s Law Journal, 2009, vol. 21, pp. 327-339