Jeff King   JEFF KING
BA (Hons) (Ottawa); LL.B/BCL (McGill); M.St, D.Phil (Oxon); Attorney, Bar of New York.
Senior Lecturer in Law

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1405 | internal: x21405

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 Interests
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.


  • J King, Judging Social Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2012)


Book chapters:

  • J King, 'The Value of Legal Accountability' in P Leyland and N Bamforth (eds) Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013)
  • J King, 'Two Ironies About American Exceptionalism Over Social Rights' in in Christopher McCrudden and Liora Lazarus (eds), Adjudicating Human Rights Diversely (Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2013)
  • J King, 'Constitutions as Mission Statements' in D.J. Galligan and M. Versteeg (eds), The Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions (New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013)
  • J King and M Langford, 'The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights' in M Langford (ed), Social Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in Comparative and International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2009)
  • J King, 'United Kingdom: Asserting Social Rights in a Multilayered System' in M Langford (ed), Social Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in Comparative and International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2009)


  • J King, 'Poverty and Fundamental Rights, by D. Bilchitz (OUP 2007)' (2008) Public Law 820-824.

External Appointments

  • Distinguished Visiting Faculty, University of Toronto (2012-13).
  • Renmin University of China, Short Course on 'Public Law and the British Constitution' (August, 2012).
  • External Examiner in Public Law, Queen's University Belfast (2011 – present)

Current Research Activity

  • 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 Rule of Law in the Welfare State (comparative analysis concerning Germany, France, the UK and the US)

Current Teaching
Public Law (Convenor)

Comparative Human Rights Law
Constitutional Theory (Convenor)
Judicial Review

PhD Supervision
Jeff King welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students. He is currently supervising:

  • Pritam Baruah
  • Azadeh Chalabi
  • Jessica Duggan-Larkin
  • Guillermo Jimenez
  • Karin Kuhlemann
  • Claire Lougarre
  • Carlos Herrera Martin
  • Maria Tzanakopoulou

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