Dr Robert Taylor
LLB (Hons), MJur, PhD, FHEA
Robert is a Senior Lecturer in Public Law. He joined the School of Law as a lecturer in September 2014. Prior to this, Robert studied at Durham Law School, graduating with a LLB (Hons) in 2008, an MJur in 2011, and a PhD in 2014. In 2016, Robert became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Robert is a leading researcher in UK Public Law and his work has been published in Public Law, the Modern Law Review and the Edinburgh Law Review. In 2020-21, Robert completed a Scottish Parliament Academic Fellowship on Brexit Statutory Instruments. Robert is presently a visiting scholar at Edinburgh Law School.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
- Deputy Director of the Aberdeen Centre for Constitutional and Public International Law (ACCPIL)
- Honours Co-ordinator
- Law with English Law Team
- Personal Tutor
- External Memberships
External Examiner for Public Law at Strathclyde University, School of Law (2019-present)
Academic Fellow at the Scottish Parliament (2020-21)
Robert’s research interests lie in the realm of UK Public Law, in particular legal and political constitutionalism, devolution, parliamentary sovereignty, government accountability, and constitutional conventions.
His work challenges the assertion that the British constitution is undergoing a fundamental transformation from a political to a legal constitution by proposing and providing evidence of a new reconciliatory theory of constitutionalism: complementary constitutionalism.
Robert has published in leading law journals including Public Law, the Modern Law Review and the Edinburgh Law Review.
He would be interested in supervising students in the field of UK Public Law.
R.B. Taylor, 'Remains unclear if UK will survive stand-off' The Press and Journal (7th April, 2017)
R.B. Taylor, 'Scotland could be heard loud and clear' The Press and Journal (21st December, 2016)
Robert teaches on the following courses:
- LS1537 - UK Constitutional Law (Level 1) (Course Co-ordinator)
- LS2033 - Administrative Law and Civil Liberties (Level 2) (Course Co-ordinator)
- LS401R/LX401R - UK Constitutionalism: Past, Present and Future (Level 4) (Course Co-ordinator)
- LS1528 - Introduction to English Legal System (Level 1)
- LS4025/LX4025 - Law Honours Dissertation
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Ian Ward, English Legal HistoriesEdinburgh Law Review, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 402-405Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Public Law Declarators, the Jurisdiction of the Court, and Scottish Independence: Keatings v Advocate GeneralEdinburgh Law Review, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 362-369Contributions to Journals: Articles
Brexit Statutory Instruments: Identifying the ChallengesScottish Parliament. 27 pagesBooks and Reports: Other Reports
Brexit Statutory Instruments: Impact on the Devolved Settlement and Future Policy DirectionScottish Parliament. 32 pagesBooks and Reports: Other Reports
Brexit Statutory Instruments: Powers and Parliamentary ProcessesScottish Parliament. 26 pagesBooks and Reports: Other Reports
Preserving the Rule of Law in Public Law Cases: Keatings v Advocate General for Scotland and the Lord AdvocateEdinburgh Law Review, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 231-237Contributions to Journals: Articles
Vernon Bogdanor, Beyond Brexit: Towards a British Constitution: Book ReviewEdinburgh Law Review, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 305-307Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Alexander Horne and Gavin Drewry (ed), Parliament and the Law: Book ReviewEdinburgh Law Review, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 291-293Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
UK Abortion Law: Reform Proposals, Private Members’ Bills, Devolution and the Role of the CourtsModern Law Review, vol. 82, no. 1, pp. 71-104Contributions to Journals: Articles
Challenging home abortion in Scotland: Society for the Protection of Unborn Children v Scottish MinistersEdinburgh Law Review, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 103-110Contributions to Journals: Articles