Before becoming a barrister Alex was a Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights Centre at Durham University, where for 10 years he published books and articles and taught constitutional law, human rights and judicial review to undergraduates and postgraduates. He is an experienced public lawyer with extensive, high-level and internationally-recognised expertise in the field.
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 also acted as a consultant to the Law Commission on its misconduct in public office project.
Alex has published widely in high-profile academic and practitioner journals such as the Law Quarterly Review, Modern Law Review, Public Law, Judicial Review and Journal of Planning & Environment Law. He has lectured to expert audiences both in the UK and abroad, in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands, Singapore and Switzerland. 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 is core reading on many undergraduate law courses in England and Wales. He is a contributor to LexisPSL on human rights issues.
Alex studied at Cambridge (BA, MA) and Durham (MJur, PhD), receiving several 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.