Dr Alexander Williams, MA (Cantab) MJur PhD
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Qualifications and Previous Experience
Alex Williams holds degrees from Cambridge (BA, 2003-2006; MA, 2010) and Durham (MJur, 2007-2008; PhD, 2008-2012) universities. He became a Lecturer in Law at Durham in 2010, having been a Graduate Teaching Assistant from 2008 during his PhD. He is also the Law School's Director of Undergraduate Admissions, responsible for managing the selection of entrants to the LLB programme. From 2012-2015 Alex was Co-Convenor of the Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section of the Society of Legal Scholars; from 2012-2014 he co-directed the Law School's Human Rights Centre.
Alex's field of expertise is public law and human rights. With Professors Helen Fenwick and Gavin Phillipson, he is author of the forthcoming edition of Public Law and Human Rights: Text, Cases and Materials (Routledge, 2016). Much of his research examines the public-private divide, with an emphasis on the Human Rights Act 1998, domestic judicial review and the horizontal effect of constitutional rights. On these topics he has presented a number of papers, both in the UK and abroad, and has published in leading peer-reviewed journals, notably the Modern Law Review and Public Law. In more recent work Alex has explored Human Rights Act reform and the public-private aspects of the criminal offence of misconduct in public office.
Alex's PhD thesis, Making Sense of the Public-Private Divide, was passed with no corrections by Professors David Feldman QC and Paul Craig QC. He has held visiting research posts at the University of Cambridge, University College London, Queen Mary University London and -- with a research grant from the Society of Legal Scholars -- the University of New South Wales, Sydney.
Human Rights Centre
Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law
The Individual and the State
Advanced Issues in Public Law
Law and Medicine (2008-2009)
UK Constitutional Law (2007-2008)
- 2013: £2266, Society of Legal Scholars Research Activity Fund
- Williams, Alexander (with Phillipson, Gavin). (2010). 'Devolution'. In Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights. Helen Fenwick & Gavin Phillipson London: Routledge. 232-294.
Essays in edited volumes
- Lucy, William & Williams, Alexander (2013). 'Public and Private: Neither Deep Nor Meaningful?'. In Private Law: Key Encounters with Public Law. Barker, Kit & Jensen, Darryn (eds) Cambridge University Press. 45-88.
- Williams, Alexander. (2011). Public authorities: what is a hybrid public authority under the HRA?. In The Impact of the UK Human Rights Act on Private Law. Hoffman, David Cambridge Cambridge University Press. 48-65.
Journal papers: academic
- Williams, Alexander & Williams, George (2016). The British Bill of Rights Debate: Lessons from Australia. Public Law (forthcoming).
- Williams, Alexander (2015). 'Strasbourg's Public-Private Divide and the British Bill of Rights'. European Human Rights Law Review 6: 617-630.
- Williams, Alexander. (2011). 'A Fresh Perspective on Hybrid Public Authorities under the Human Rights Act: Private Contractors, Rights-Stripping and "Chameleonic" Horizontal Effect'. Public Law (1): 139-163.
- Williams, Alexander & Phillipson, Gavin (2011). Horizontal Effect and the Constitutional Constraint. Modern Law Review 74(6): 878-910.
- Williams, Alexander. (2008). 'YL v Birmingham City Council: Contracting out and “functions of a public nature”. European Human Rights Law Review 4: 524-531.
- Williams, Alexander (2014), 'Human Rights in the UK: the HRA and the European Dimension', Constitutional Futures Workshop. Queen's University Belfast, Queen's University Belfast.
- Williams, Alexander (2014), 'The Scope of Judicial Review and the Meaning of a Public Function: Source or "Nature" of Power?', National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law.
- Williams, Alexander (2013), 'The Bill of Rights Commission’s Final Report and the meaning of public authority’, Durham/Newcastle/SLS research symposium, ‘The Bill of Rights Commission’s Report: Where Are We Now?’, Durham Law School.
- Williams, Alexander (2013), 'The Scope of Judicial Review', Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, University of New South Wales Law School.
- Williams, Alexander (2012), 'Making sense of the public-private divide: a radical return to orthodoxy', Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference (Civil Liberties section). University of Bristol, University of Bristol.
- Williams, Alexander. (2012), 'The nature of public authority under the Human Rights Act', Panel discussion at launch of D. Hoffman (ed), The Impact of the UK Human Rights Act on Private Law (CUP, 2011). Manchester, UK, Manchester.
- Williams, Alexander. (2011), 'Making Sense of the Public-Private Divide in English Judicial Review', National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, India, National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi.
- Williams, Alexander. (2010), 'Horizontal Effect and the Constitutional Constraint', Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference (Civil Liberties section). Southampton University, Southampton University.
- Williams, Alexander. (2009), 'Strasbourg Jurisprudence and Hybrid Public Authorities under the HRA 1998: Introducing Chameleonic Horizontal Effect', Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference (Civil Liberties section). Keele University, Keele University.