I teach public law and human rights. My research interest is in election law. Recent publications include the chapter on the right to free elections in Harris, O’Boyle, Bates and Buckley, Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (4th ed, 2018, 0UP); and ‘Fixing Democracy’s Rules: Statute and Elections in the Constitution’, 28 King’s Law Journal 173 (2017). This article concerns a theme of ongoing research into the flawed statutory structures of election regulation in the UK, considering how legislative reform might improve the quality of elections.
Current projects include work on how voting laws may worsen the problem of electoral exclusion, considering intersections between election law, equality and human rights law. A related analysis of the Government’s voter ID pilots, arguing they are unlawful, will be published in Public Law in 2019. Another theme of my research concerns the limitations of election law as a tool to secure democracies from cyber-threats and related risks. This is a new project, on which I will collaborate with Lori Ringhand, School of Law, University of Georgia, who has received a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award to spend the first half of 2019 at the University of Aberdeen.
I am interested in supervising PhD students planning to work in the field of public law, human rights or election law.
LS1026 Case Studies on Law in Society
LS4072/LX4072 Law, Elections and Democracy
LS4591/LX4591 Civil Liberties: Political Rights and Human Rights Law (suspended in 2018-19 as I am on research leave).