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Durham University

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. 

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) Making Rights Real: The Human Rights Act in its First Decade (Hart Publishing, 2008). Alongside Robert Schütze he is editor of the Cambridge Companion to Comparative Constitutional Law (Cambridge University Press, 2019). 

The second edition of his textbook Constitutional and Administrative Law - written with Colin Murray of Newcastle Law School - was published in the Longman Law Series in 2018. Law-related tweets, and short updates to the latter, can be found by following @mastermanmurray

His current projects include an essay on Brexit and the United Kingdom’s devolutionary constitution, and a study of the influence of Judicial Committee of the Privy Council decisions on constitutional decision-making in the UK Supreme Court.

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. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of Public Law, 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

Comparative Constitutional Law

Advanced Issues in Public Law

Research Interests

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • 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)

Research Groups

  • Human Rights Centre

Research Projects

  • Grants

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. (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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