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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



Originally, I studied law at the University of Reading (2010-3), where I graduated first in my year. Afterwards, I completed a Master’s degree at University College London (2013-4), where I received a Distinction. I then took the Bar finals as an Exhibitioner and Duke of Edinburgh Scholar of the Inner Temple; I was called to the Bar in 2015. During the Bar course I held a Teaching Fellowship at UCL, where I taught Public Law.

I am primarily interested in constitutional and administrative law and theory. My research at Cambridge focuses on a union of the two: I am examining the extent to which the United Kingdom needs a codified bill of rights when one looks at the independently existing place of rights in the constitution. More broadly, I am interested in tackling traditional doctrinal issues in public law with a theoretical approach.

Other academic interests

Though my thesis is relatively specialised I am interested in administrative law (particularly judicial review) broadly conceived. Likewise, I am interested in a wide range of issues in jurisprudence, including political morality and the philosophical foundations of criminal and tort law. 

Department: Faculty of Law
Supervisor: Dr Mark Elliott
College: Gonville & Caius College
AHRC Subject Area: Law
Title of Thesis: Human Rights Without a Human Rights Act: An Interepretative Analysis of the British Constitution
 Thomas  Fairclough