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Durham Law School

Staff profile

Dr Alan Greene, BCL, LL.M, PhD (UCD), PGCAP

Assistant Professor in Law in the Durham Law School
UG Admissions & Conversion Officer, Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42798
Room number: PCL219

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I hold BCL LLM and PhD degrees from UCD School of Law. My PhD, awarded in 2014, explored the impact that permanent states of emergencies can have on the constituent power and constitutional order of a state and what controls are necessary on the decision to declare a state of emergency. I have developed these ideas in Permanent States of Emergency and the Rule of Law: Constitutions in an Age of Crisis (Hart Publishing, 2018).

My concurrent research builds upon some of the themes explored in my PhD, examining economic states of emergency and counter-terrorism. I am particularly interested in the idea of permanent emergencies and how law can confront or accommodate these ‘new’ realities.

I am also interested in human rights and constitutionalism more generally with an emphasis on the European Convention on Human Rights.

I joined Durham Law School in 2013 where I am module co-ordinator for The Individual and the State— a first year public law module centring on courts, human rights, and administrative law.

I am very interested in hearing from potential postgraduate research students on topics such as emergency powers, counter-terrorism, constitutionalism and human rights, and constituent power.

My office hours are Wednesdays 10-11am and 12-1pm.

Research Interests

  • Constituent Power
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Constitutionalism and Constitutional Law
  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Human Rights
  • Public Law
  • Rule of Law
  • States of Emergency

Selected Grants

  • 2015: Council of Europe and Pluricourts Project Oslo: Prisoner Voting, and the Legitimacy and Effectiveness of the European Court of Human Rights (Co-Investigator)
  • 2011: IRC Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 2011: IRCHSS New Ideas Award
  • 2009: UCD School of Law Doctoral Scholarship


Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

  • Greene, Alan (2017). The Human Rights Act in a Culture of Control. In The Future of Human Rights in the UK. Smyth, Claire-Michelle & Lang, Richard Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press. 4-26.
  • Greene, Alan (2012). Declaring a State of Emergency under Article 28.3.3° of the Irish Constitution: A Purely Political Question? In The Constitution of Ireland: Perspectives and Prospects. Carolan, Eoin Bloomsbury.

Edited Journal

  • Dzehtsiarou, Kanstantsin & Greene, Alan (2011). Special Issue: Legitimacy and the Future of the European Court of Human Rights: Critical Perspectives from Academia and Practitioners. German Law Journal, 12 (10).

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Greene, Alan (2016). Human Rights and the 'Mission Creep' of Magna Carta.