Institute of Global Law

Institute of Global Law

Dawn Oliver   DAWN OLIVER
MA, PhD, LLD Barrister, FBA
Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law
Principal Research Associate

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Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1409 | internal: x21409
email: d.oliver@ucl.ac.uk

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Dawn Oliver is Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law. She served as Dean of the Faculty from 1993-98 and in 2007. She was editor of Public Law from 1993-2002, Lionel Cohen Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1995, Associate Fellow of Newnham College Cambridge 1995-98, Member of the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords, 1999-2000, Member of the Fabian Society Commission on the Future of the Monarchy 2002-2003, Chair of the UK Constitutional Law Group 2005-2010, and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law 2007-2010. She has been a member of the Study of Parliament Group since 1991, and its President since 2010. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005. She was elected a Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 1996, and was Treasurer of the Middle Temple in 2011. She was made Queen's Counsel, honoris causa, in 2013.

Professor Oliver's research interests are in the fields of UK and comparative public law, and in particular in UK constitutional reform, the Human Rights Act, the horizontal effect of human rights, the public private divide and, recently, the insights that can be derived from evolutionary biology, anthropology and psychology and from neuroscience into law, and in particular constitutional law and politics. She is currently editing and contributing to a collection of essays on The Law and Parliament in collaboration with members of the Study of Parliament Group.


  • How Constitutions Change (ed. with Professor Carlo Fusaro), 2011.
  • The Regulatory State: Constitutional Implications (ed. with Professor Tony Prosser and Professor Richard Rawlings), 2010.
  • Justice, Legality and the Rule of Law. Lessons from the Pitcairn Prosecutions (editor), 2009.
  • Human Rights and the Private Sphere, vol. 1 (ed. with Professor Joerg Fedtke), 2007.
  • The Changing Constitution (ed. with Professor Jeffrey Jowell), 1985, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2011.
  • Constitutional Reform in the United Kingdom , 2003.
  • Common Values and the Public Private Divide, 1999.
  • The Law and Parliament (ed. with Professor Gavin Drewry), 1998.
  • Halsbury's Laws of England Constitutional Law and Human Rights, with Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC , 1997.
  • Public Service Reforms, with Professor Gavin Drewry, 1996.
  • The Foundations of Citizenship, with Derek Heater, 1994.
  • Government in the United Kingdom . The Search for Accountability, Effectiveness and Citizenship, 1991.
  • New Directions in Judicial Review (ed. with Professor Jeffrey Jowell), 1988.

Current Teaching
Public Law

Comparative Constitutional Law


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