Formerly Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights Centre at Durham University, Alex is a distinguished academic writer with years of high-level research experience and internationally-recognised expertise in public law and human rights.
Alex's PhD concerned the applicability of judicial review and human rights obligations to non-state actors. His research is particularly relevant to hybrid bodies such as housing associations who are facing public-law challenge, whether as defendants to a claim, or as claimants on the receiving end of a public-law defence. As an academic lawyer his advice was often sought by barristers and solicitors having to grapple with these issues. He also acted as a consultant to the Law Commission.
Alex has published widely in the field of public law and human rights in high-profile journals such as the Law Quarterly Review, Modern Law Review, Public Law and Judicial Review. He has lectured to expert audiences in many countries across the world. He is co-author of a major public-law textbook, Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights (4th edn, Routledge, 2016), which serves as core reading on many undergraduate law courses in England and Wales. In addition to his tenured post at Durham University he has held visiting fellowships at Cambridge University, University College London and UNSW, Sydney.
Alex studied at Cambridge (BA, MA), Durham (MJur, PhD) and BPP (BPTC). As a student he received a number of awards for academic and mooting achievement, scored the highest marks in his year in two BPTC modules including 99% in Judicial Review, and appeared before the First-tier Tribunal on social security matters as a Free Representation Unit advocate.