Before becoming a barrister Alex was Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights Centre at Durham University. He is a distinguished academic writer with years of high-level research experience and internationally-recognised expertise in public law and human rights.
Alex's academic research and 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. He has advised on the matter both as an academic and as a barrister. He has 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 various 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 features as core reading on many undergraduate law courses in England and Wales.
Alex studied at Cambridge (BA, MA) and Durham (MJur, PhD), receiving a number of awards for academic and mooting achievement. In addition to his tenured post at Durham University he has held visiting fellowships at Cambridge University, University College London and UNSW, Sydney.