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Dr Alexander Williams

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Alex comes to the Bar following an academic career as a Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights Centre at Durham University.

Widely published in the field of public law and human rights, he aims to develop a broad practice in all of Chambers' core areas. Alex will be available to take instructions from 2 April 2018. 

A former university lecturer at Durham University, Alex completed his PhD on the amenability of non-state organisations such as housing associations to judicial review and human rights challenge. As an academic, he was consulted on the issue by the Law Commission as well as by solicitors and barristers.

Alex has published widely in the field of public law and human rights in distinguished journals such as the Law Quarterly Review and Modern Law Review. He is co-author of a major public law textbook – Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights (4th ed, Routledge, 2016) – that serves as core reading on many undergraduate law courses. He has held visiting positions at Cambridge University, University College London and UNSW, Sydney.

Alex studied at Cambridge (BA, MA), Durham (MJur, PhD) and BPP (BPTC), receiving a number of awards for academic and mooting achievement as a student. He has appeared before the First-tier Tribunal on social security matters as a FRU advocate.

Alex's publications prior to coming to the Bar include:

1st February 2018

•  'Judicial Review and Monopoly Power: Some Sceptical Thoughts' (2017) 133 Law Quarterly Review 656-682.

• 'Public Authorities and the HRA 1998: Recent Trends' [2017] Judicial Review 247-262.

• 'Public Functions and Amenability: Recent Trends' [2017] Judicial Review 15-26.

• 'The British Bill of Rights Debate: Lessons from Australia' [2016] Public Law 471-490 (with George Williams).

Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights (4th ed, Routledge, 2016) (with Helen Fenwick and Gavin Phillipson).

• 'Strasbourg's Public-Private Divide and the British Bill of Rights' [2015] European Human Rights Law Review 617-630.

• 'Public and Private: Neither Deep Nor Meaningful?', in Kit Barker and Darryn Jensen (eds), Private Law: Key Encounters with Public Law (Cambridge University Press, 2013) 45-88 (with William Lucy).

• 'Horizontal Effect and the Constitutional Constraint' (2011) 74(6) Modern Law Review 878-910 (with Gavin Phillipson).

• 'A Fresh Perspective on Hybrid Public Authorities under the Human Rights Act: Private Contractors, Rights-Stripping and "Chameleonic" Horizontal Effect' [2011] Public Law 139-163.

• 'What is a Public Authority?', in David Hoffman (ed.), The Impact of the UK Human Rights Act on Private Law (Cambridge University Press, 2011) 48-65.

• 'Devolution', in Helen Fenwick and Gavin Phillipson, Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights (3rd edn, Routledge, 2010) 232-294 (with Gavin Phillipson).

• 'YL v Birmingham City Council: Contracting out and "functions of a public nature"' [2008] European Human Rights Law Review 524-531.

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  • Society of Legal Scholars