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Research cluster

Public Law

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As a group of scholars, we work individually and collectivley on projects across public law.

Research interests include administrative justice and access to justice; constitutional law; European Union law; management and reform of the judiciary; judicial review; comparative approaches to public and constitutional law; the regulation of property relations; equality law and the rapidly developing fields of cybercrime, internet law and the use of new technologies.

Bringing together this range of interests, we take an expansive view of the most current developments in the application of law to public bodies, both domestically and internationally. In particular, our research engages with the relationships between public power and the often competing demands of social justice and commercial enterprise. We employ a wide range of methods including empirical and theoretical and more traditional doctrinal approaches.

Related courses

Do you have an opinion on public law? Or the relationship between the state and individuals? The competing demands of social justice and public power? In our modern-day society, we face many challenges which require the expertise of lawyers with knowledge in the sphere of public law. At Essex, we have a range of related degrees and modules, and with our interdisciplinary approach to teaching, we are confident that we have the right course for you.

Explore some of the exciting courses below, or visit our subject areas to find out more about the degrees and modules that Essex has to offer. If you're not sure which subject is right for you, you can always search for a course. If you're looking for research opportunities, or to find a supervisor, you can use our research finder by searching for your research interests. 

Academic Staff

Haim Abraham
Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Tort Law; Private Law Theory; International Humanitarian Law; LGBTQ+ Rights; Liability of Public Officials and Bodies
Penelope Brearey-Horne
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Medical Law; Healthcare Law and Human Rights; The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and the NHS; Maternity services
Karen Brennan
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Criminal Law and Criminal Justice; Gender and Criminal Justice; Criminal Justice History
Darren Calley
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Animal Welfare Law; Environmental Law; Public International Law
Richard Cornes
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Constitutional & Administrative Law; Comparative Public Law; Psychoanalysis and Law; Human Rights, esp Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech and Religion; LGTB+ rights, in particular legal recognition of same-sex relationships and marriage equality; Comparative Judicial Branch Studies; Media, Communications and Top Courts; Law and Politics; European Law, esp judicial branch issues
Tom Cornford
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Lorna Fox O'Mahony
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor (R), School of Law
Research interests: Financial transactions and older people; Socio-legal analyses of property law; Legal concept of home; Squatters and adverse possession; Trusts of the family home; Law and the emotions; Creditor possession actions; Property theory
Audrey Guinchard
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Criminal Law; Data protection; Criminal procedure/human rights; French Law/Comparative Law; Cybercrime and cybersecurity
Anna Hardiman-McCartney
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Administrative Law; Constitutional Law; Judicial Review; UK Human Rights Law
Theodore Konstadinides
Professor, School of Law
Research interests: Constitutional concepts: such as the rule of law, constitutional identity and sovereignty; The constitutional ramifications of the UK's departure from the European Union; European and comparative constitutional law; EU external relations: esp. EU implied powers; Security policy and the relationship between EU and public international law; Human rights law: Effective judicial protection of EU and ECHR rights and national remedies
Andrew Le Sueur
Executive Dean (Humanities) - Professor (R), School of Law
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 &ndash &quotrobot government" Tiny legal systems (serving populations of fewer than 100,000)
Yseult Marique
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Regulation and administrative law, especially public-private relationships; Public contracts (procurement, enforcement, corruption); Integrity and ethics in government and business; European administrative law; comparative administrative law
Charilaos Nikolaidis
Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Human Rights law; Equality law; Judicial Reasoning; Law and Politics; European Union law
Sabine Michalowski
Professor, School of Law
Research interests: Medical Law; Business and human rights; Transitional Justice; Health Care Law and Human Rights
Steven Peers
Professor, School of Law
Research interests: European Union Law constitutional and administrative law, including human rights justice and home affairs law external relations law employment law internal market law, particularly the free movement of EU citizens; International Human Rights Law; Public International Trade Law; Data Protection Law
Clotilde Pegorier
Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: International Criminal Law; International Humanitarian Law; Human Rights Law; Refugee Law; Law and Literature; Transitional justice
Laure Sauve
Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Comparative Law
Matthew Stone
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Maurice Sunkin
Professor, School of Law
David O'Mahony
Deputy Dean (Postgrad. Research Education)(Humanities) & Professor (R), School of Law
Research interests: Restorative justice.; Criminal justice.; Transitional justice.; Youth crime and justice.; Youth Crime and Justice; Criminology
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