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Durham University

Durham Law School

Staff profile

Dr Se-shauna Wheatle

Associate Professor in the Durham Law School

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Se-shauna Wheatle joined Durham Law School in 2013. She was previously Lecturer in Law at Exeter College, University of Oxford, where she taught Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. She achieved her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the University of the West Indies before attending the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar to read for the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL). She completed a Master of Philosophy in Law on the constitutionality of the criminalization of same-sex relations in Jamaica and a Doctor of Philosophy in Law at the University of Oxford on 'The Impact of Implied Constitutional Principles on Fundamental Rights Adjudication in Common Law Jurisdictions'.

Se-shauna has written a monograph, Principlied Reasoning in Human Rights Adjudication, which was shortlisted for the Society of Legal Scholars Birks Prize 2018. Her current research interests lie in comparative constitutionalism, comparative human rights, common law constitutionalism, implied constitutional principles and sexual orientation and the law.

Among other academic activities, she sits on the Scholarship Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, the Board of Directors of the American Society of Comparative Law and the Organizing Committee of the Northern Public Law Forum.

Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Human Rights Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Commonwealth Caribbean Human Rights


Authored book

Book review

  • Wheatle, Se-shauna (2015). Final Judgment: The Last Law Lords and the Supreme Court. Public Law 489-492.

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Albert, Richard, O'Brien, Derek & Wheatle, Se-shauna (2018). The Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Constitutions. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford University Press.

Journal Article

Other (Print)


  • Wheatle, Se-shauna (2016), A Cosmopolitan Common Law Constitution, ICON-S Public Law Conference. New York, USA.
  • Wheatle. Se-shauna (2016), Unity, Disunity and Vacuity: Constitutional Adjudication and the Common Law, Cambridge Public Law Conference. Cambridge, England.
  • Wheatle, Se-shauna (2015), Principled Reasoning in Human Rights Cases, Younger Comparativists' Conference. Florida, USA.
  • Wheatle, Seshauna (2014), ‘Constitutional Principles: Expression of the Ius Gentium?’, Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law Conference. Cambridge, England, Cambridge.
  • Wheatle, Se-shauna (2013), Constitutional Reform and the Courts, Constitutional Reform and the Commonwealth Caribbean. London, England, London.
  • Wheatle, Se-shauna (2013), Violence Against LGBT Persons in the Commonwealth Caribbean, Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers Conference. Barbados.
  • Wheatle, Se-shauna (2011), Reflections on the Rule of Law and Substantive Equality, International Graduate Legal Research Conference. London, England, London.