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Durham Law School

Staff profile

Professor Roger Masterman, LLB, LLM, AKC

Professor in Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42799
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 42801
Room number: PCL211
Member of the Human Rights Centre

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Roger Masterman joined Durham Law School in 2002 as Senior Research Associate, and until 2005 worked on the AHRC-funded project, ‘Judicial Reasoning and the Human Rights Act 1998.’ He was appointed Lecturer in Law in 2005, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008, to Reader in 2011 and to Professor in 2013. He served as Head of Durham Law School between 2013 and 2016. 

Roger is a graduate of King’s College London (LLB and AKC (1998), LLM (Public Law) (1999)), and has worked previously at the Constitution Unit, University College London.

His teaching and research interests lie in constitutional law and reform, particularly in the Human Rights Act 1998 and in the relevance of the separation of powers doctrine to the United Kingdom's constitution. He has a particular interest in the relationship between the European Court of Human Rights and domestic courts, and is well-known for his work on the mechanics and application of s.2(1) of the Human Rights Act.

He is the author of The Separation of Powers in the Contemporary Constitution: Judicial competence and independence in the United Kingdom (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and – with Ian Leigh – of Making Rights Real: The Human Rights Act in its First Decade (Hart Publishing, 2008).

He has recently contributed to and edited - also with Ian Leigh - a volume in the Proceedings of the British Academy Series (The United Kingdom's Statutory Bill of Rights: Constitutional and Comparative Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2013) and has written - with Colin Murray of Newcastle Law School - an accessible, discursive and innovative textbook, Exploring Constitutional and Administrative Law (Harlow: Pearson Education, 2013). Law-related tweets, and short updates to the latter, can be found by following @mastermanmurray.

His ongoing research includes papers on political and judicial counter-dynamics in the ECHR system, procedurally-focused judicial review in UK courts and at Strasbourg, and the relationship between United Kingdom courts and Strasbourg in the light of the debates around the development of a United Kingdom Bill of Rights.

He is a member of the Law Society's Constitutional Law Reference Group, serves on the Executive Committee of the UK Constitutional Law Association and is a regular contributor to the UK Constitutional Law Association blog:

Teaching Areas

UK Constitutional Law

Advanced Issues in Public Law

Research Interests

  • UK Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Reform
  • The Human Rights Act 1998
  • The Judiciary

Selected Grants

  • 2010: A symposium to mark the tenth anniversary of the Human Rights Act (£8173.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2008: Judicial power under the HRA and VCHR (£2763.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2008: THE SEPARATION OF POWERS IN THE CONTEMPORARY (£18452.00 from Arts & Humanities Research Board)

Selected Publications

Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

  • Masterman, R.M.W (2016), Breaking the Link with Strasbourg? From the Human Rights Act towards a British Bill of Rights, Faculty of Law, Hong Kong University.
  • Masterman, R.M.W. & Wheatle, S. (2016), Unity, Disunity and Vacuity: Constitutional Adjudication and the Common law, The Unity of Public Law. Cambridge.
  • Masterman, R. (2012), 'What judges talk about when they talk about separation of powers', Beyond Montesquieu: Rethinking the architecture of contemporary governance. Dublin, Ireland, Dublin.
  • Masterman, R. (2010), Dynamics of a contemporary separation of powers, WG Hart Legal Workshop 2010. Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London.
  • Masterman, R. (2010), Escaping the Mirror Principle: Towards a municipal law of human rights?, Symposium to Mark the Tenth Anniversary of the Human Rights Act. St John's College, Durham University, St John's College, Durham University.
  • Masterman, R (2010), The Form and Substance of the United Kingdom's Separation of Powers, The UK and US in 2010: Transition and Transformation. George Washington University, Washington DC, George Washington University, Washington DC.

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