Lee Marsons

Research Assistant
Essex Law School
 Lee Marsons



I am a graduate teaching assistant for Foundations of Public Law and Legal Skills, and I am undertaking research on the influence of emotions on judicial decision-making funded via SeNSS (South East Network for Social Sciences). I am interested in administrative law, judicial discretion and decision-making, substantive review and statutory interpretation, and the judicial branch in common law systems generally. My recent publications include: 'Bifurcation, unification, and calibration: A comparison of Indian and English approaches to proportionality' (Indian Law Review, 2018): 'Common law proportionality in English law: are we there yet?' (post for the Admin Law Blog):

Research and professional activities


The role of judicial emotions in the human rights proportionality jurisprudence of the UK Supreme Court

Using a discourse analysis methodology, I am investigating whether and how judicial emotions can be said to influence decision-making and legal reasoning using the doctrine of proportionality in human rights litigation.

Supervisor: Richard Cornes

Research interests

Administrative law

Substantive review and statutory interpretation

Judges and judging

Judicial discretion, decision-making, and legal reasoning



Colchester Campus