Academic Staff

Professor Andrew Le Sueur

Position in departmentSchool of Law Deputy Head, Director of External Relations and Head of School (Spring Term)
Staff positionProfessor of Constitutional Justice
Emailalesueur@essex.ac.uk
Telephone01206 873482
Room5S.6.2
Office hoursAcademic Support: by appointment out of term time
Biography

Andrew Le Sueur joined the School of Law in August 2013 as Professor of Constitutional Justice. He is a member of the Jersey Law Commission, currently leading a project on reform of administrative justice in the island. He is a Fellow at UCL Constitution Unit. He is a member of the executive committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law and serves on the executive committees of the UK Constitutional Law Association and the Statute Law Society. He has served as an adviser to several parliamentary select committees, including as legal adviser to the House of Lords Constitution Committee (2006-09). In April 2011, he was appointed as the specialist adviser to that Committee for their inquiry on the judicial appointments process.

Previously he was based at Queen Mary, University of London (Professor of Public Law 2006-13), at Birmingham (Barber Professor of Jurisprudence 2001-2006) and UCL (lecturer and reader 1988-2000). He was the first director of studies at the Institute of Law in Jersey (2009-13).

His main research interests are in the broad fields of constitutional and administrative law and justice. Currently he is working on "robot government", looking at the constitutional implications of automated decision making. Another project is exploring the challenges faces by tiny legal systems (those serving populations of fewer than 100,000 people). He has a long-standing interest in the role and design of top-level courts, editing and contributing to Building the UK's New Supreme Court: National and Comparative Perspectives (OUP 2004). He has written widely on aspects of administrative justice and judicial review. He is a co-author of de Smith’s Judicial Review (7th edn), the leading treatise on the subject in England and Wales. He is a co-investigator on the Nuffield Foundation-funded UKAJI project.

Qualifications

LL.B. (Hons) (LSE, University of London)
Barrister, of the Middle Temple

Current research
  • Co-investigator for a Nuffield Foundation-funded 3-year project establishing the United Kingdom Administrative Justice Institute (UKAJI)
  • Constitutional implications of automated decision-making by government
  • The legal systems and cultures of tiny jurisdictions (territories with fewer than 100,000 people) 
  • The role of lawyers – as individuals and associations (such as bar councils and law societies) – in relation to judicial independence.
  • How the UK Parliament considers proposals for designs of dispute resolution mechanisms (e.g. whether a bill should create rights of appeal to a tribunal, the role of ombudsmen, etc). This is a smaller scale study bridges two themes in my current scholarship: how redress mechanisms are designed and how parliamentarians engage with issues related to ‘the judicial system’ (broadly conceived).
Research interests
  • British constitutional law
  • The constitutional role of the judiciary
  • Administrative law and justice
  • Judicial review
  • Constitutional implications of automated decision-making by government
  • "Tiny" legal systems (serving populations of fewer than 100,000)
Teaching responsibilities

LW110 Public Law I

LW203 Public Law II (module leader)

PhD supervision

Publications

  • A Le Sueur, M Sunkin and J Murkens, Public Law: Text, Cases, and Materials, 3rd edn (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016). ISBN 9780198735380
  • 'Robot government: automated decision-making and its implications for Parliament', ch 9 in A Horne and A Le Sueur (eds), Parliament: Legislation and Accountability (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2016). IBSN 9781849467162. A working draft is available on SSRN.
  • Jersey Law Commission, Improving Administrative Redress in Jersey: a Consultation Report (Jersey Law Commission, St Helier, 2016). No. 1//2016/CP. Available here.
  • 'Foundations of Justice' ch 9 in J Jowell, D Oliver and C O'Cinneide (eds), The Changing Constitution 8th edition (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015). ISBN 019870982X. A working draft is available on SSRN.
  • (with co-authors) De Smith’s Judicial Review: Second Supplement to the 7th edition (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2015) ISBN 9780414036680.

• 'Administrative litigation in England and Wales' ch 8 (pp 163-189) in Yuwen Li (ed), Administrative Litigation Systems in Greater China and Europe (Ashgate, Farnham, 2014). ISBN 978-4724-3608-5. Published.
• 'Regulating home ownership and occupation in Jersey: human rights issues', pp 88-109 in M Thomas (ed), Immoveable Property: The Issues across sectors, across jurisdictions (Institute of Law, Jersey, 2014). ISBN 978-1-908716-35-4.
• (with co-authors) De Smith’s Judicial Review: First Supplement to the 7th edition (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2014) ISBN 9780414036673.
• '"Tradition" in English administrative law' ch 2 in M Ruffert (ed) Administrative Law in Europe. Between Common Principles and National Traditions (Europa Law Publishing 2013)
• (with Jack Simson Caird), ‘The House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution’, ch 9 in A Horne, G Drewry and D Oliver (eds), Parliament and the Law (Hart Publishing 2013).  
• ‘Parliamentary Accountability and the Judicial System’, essay in N Bamforth and P Leyland (eds), Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution (OUP 2013). ISBN 978-0-19-967002-4. 
• (with Harry Woolf, Jeffrey Jowell, Catherine Donnelly and Ivan Hare), de Smith’s Judicial Review (7th edn, Sweet & Maxwell 2013). 
• (with Maurice Sunkin and Jo Murkens), Public Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (2nd edn, OUP, 2013). ISBN 978-0-19-964418-6.
• (with Varda Bondy) Designing Redress: A Study About Grievances Against Public Bodies 59 pp (Public Law Project  2012) ISBN 978-1-898421-15-3.
• ‘Designing Redress: Who Does it, How and Why?’ (2012) 20 Asia Pacific Law Review 17-44.
• ‘Administrative Justice and the Resolution of Disputes’, ch 11 in J Jowell and D Oliver (eds), The Changing Constitution (7th edn OUP 2011).  
• ‘People as “Users” and “Citizens”: The Quest for Legitimacy in British Public Administration’ ch 3 (pp 29-48) in M Ruffert (ed), Legitimacy in European Administrative Law: Reform and Reconstruction (Europa Law Publishing 2011). 
• ‘Constitutional Fundamentals; Fundamental Principles’ (ch 1A) and ‘The Nature, Powers, and Accountability of Central Government’ (ch 3) in D Feldman (ed), English Public Law (2nd edn OUP 2009) ISBN 978-0-19-922793-8. 
• ‘From Appellate Committee to Supreme Court: a Narrative’ in L Blom-Cooper, G Drewry and B Dickson (eds), The Judicial House of Lords 1876-2009 (OUP 2009) ISBN 978-0-19-953271-1. 
A Report on Six Seminars About the UK Supreme Court (Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No 1/2008). 
• (with K Malleson) ‘The Judiciary’ ch 7 in R Hazell (ed), Constitutional Futures Revisited: Britain’s Constitution to 2020 (Palgrave Macmillan 2008) ISBN 9780230220744. 
• ‘Gordon Brown’s new constitutional settlement’ [2008] Public Law 21 (London, Sweet & Maxwell ISSN 0033-3565). 
• ‘accountability’, ‘adversary system’, ‘courts’, ‘judges’, ‘judicial appointments’, ‘judicial independence’, ‘Solicitor General’ and ‘UK Supreme Court’ in P Cane and J Conaghan (eds), New Oxford Companion to Law (OUP 2007). ISBN 9780199290543. 
• ‘Courts: Tribunals, Ombudsmen, ADR: Administrative Justice, Constitutionalism and Informality’, ch 13 in J Jowell and D Oliver (eds), The Changing Constitution 6th edn (OUP 2007) ISBN 978-0-19-920511-0. 
• ‘Administrative justice and the rise of informal dispute resolution in England’, in M Ruffert (ed), The Transformation of Administrative Law in Europe (Sellier European Law Publishers 2007) ISBN 9783935808910. 
• ‘Judicial Autonomy, Human Rights and the Future of the Bailiff’ in P Bailhache (ed), A Celebration of Autonomy: 1204-2004, 800 Years of Channel Islands’ Law (Jersey Law Review 2005) ISBN 0953590372. 
• ‘The Rise and Ruin of Unreasonableness?’ (2005) 10 Judicial Review 32. 

Conferences/presentations

15 April 2015: paper on robot government presented to roundtable organised in association with the UKCLA and the Study of Parliament Group.
9 January 2015: participated in UKCLA roundtable on constitutional developments of 2014, speaking to this paper on the “national justice infrastructure”.
16 July 2014: written and oral evidence to House of Lords Constitution Committee inquiry on the office of Lord Chancellor.
23 June 2014: presentation at Second Annual Conference on Teaching Public Law, City University, London (report here)
16-20 June 2014: International Association of Constitutional Law, IXth World Congress, “Constitutional Challenges: global and local”. Co-convenor of a workshop on immigration and asylum.
21 October 2013: Immovable Property: The issues across sectors, across jurisdictions, Jersey.
2-6 September 2013: UK-China Conference in Public Law: The Rule of Law in Modern Constitutionalism at Renmin University, Beijing.

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