He is a leading authority on public law (including Constitutional, Administrative, Human Rights and Planning and Environmental Law) and has written widely in those areas. His many publications include two particularly well-known texts:
In 2000 he was appointed by the Government as UK’s first member of the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy Through Law (The Venice Commission). In 2001 he was appointed to the Commission’s governing body and in 2003 he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Commission. In 2003 he was appointed to UK’s prestigious Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. Since July 2004 he has been a member of the Board of the Office of Rail Regulation (which regulates UKs privatised rail networks). He is a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on International Legal Relations. He was a member of the Bowman committee which was appointed to review the workings of the Crown Office (now “Administrative Court”) between 1998-2000.
He has held visiting professorships in a number of universities outside of the UK., serves on the boards of various public bodies and legal journals and has advised on constitutional and administrative law matters in a number of countries including South Africa, Serbia and Montenegro and Bosnia. He has been awarded several honorary degrees and awards.
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