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Prof Jeff King
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Faculty of Laws, Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens
London
UK
WC1H 0EG
Appointment
  • Professor of Law
  • Faculty of Laws
  • UCL SLASH
Biography

Jeff King joined the Faculty of Laws as a Senior Lecturer in 2011, and is Co-Editor of Current Legal Problems. Previously, he was a Fellow and Tutor in law at Balliol College, and CUF Lecturer for the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford (2008-2011), a Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford (2008-2010), and a Research Fellow and Tutor in public law at Keble College, Oxford (2007-08). He studied philosophy at the University of Ottawa and law at McGill University before working as an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City (2003-04). He then completed a doctorate on welfare rights adjudication in English public law at Keble College, University of Oxford. 

Research Summary

Jeff's research interests include UK and comparative constitutional and administrative law, human rights (especially social rights), socio-legal studies, legal and political theory, administrative justice, comparative and international human rights law, and public international law.


Current Research Activity

  • The Value of Legal Accountability (an account and defence of its prima facie instrumental benefits)
  • The Morality of Judicial Compromise (within judicial collegiality/appellate judging)
  • The impact of judicial review on statutory guidance (Nuffield Foundation funded empirical research project)
  • The Constitutional Role of s.4 Declarations of Incompatibility (with Nicholas Bamforth, chiefly examining parliamentary responses to judicial declarations that legislation is incompatible with the ECHR)
  • The Role of Constitutions (or,‘Constitutions as Mission Statements’)
  • The Irony of American Exceptionalism over Social Rights
  • Planned projects:
    • The Rule of Law in the Welfare State (comparative analysis concerning Germany, France, the UK and the US)
    • The administrative response to judicially created allocative impact (with Simon Halliday)

Teaching Summary

Jeff teaches Public Law, for which he will also act as Convenor in 2012-2013, and also teaches on the Jurisprudence course.  He is the Convenor of the Constitutional Theory course on the LLM programme.  He also teaches seminars on the following LLM courses:  Judicial Review; Comparative Human Rights; UK Human Rights and Equality Law.  He currently supervises six doctoral students.

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