UCL Faculty of Laws


Dr Paul Burgess

Senior Teaching Fellow in Public Law & Human Rights Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2018

Research summary

Paul's main research area relates to the concept of the Rule of Law. In particular, he is interested in the change in Rule of Law conceptions over time. In thinking about the Rule of Law in its broadest terms, he takes an interdisciplinary approach that includes ideas from legal theory, legal history, constitutional theory, political philosophy, and intellectual history. 

A list of his publications can be found here: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=n8ocT0MAAAAJ&hl=en 

Teaching summary

Paul teaches - lectures and tutorials - in the first year Public Law course. He is also module convenor for the postgraduate Constitutional Theory course. In previous years, he has also taught into UCL's undergraduate and postgraduate Human Rights courses. 


Paul completed a PhD at the University of Edinburgh after obtaining an LLM (Legal Theory) from NYU. His first law degree was a JD from the University of Queensland. Prior to his turn to academia, Paul was a solicitor in Brisbane (in commercial litigation) and, before that, also had careers in both academic publishing and the police force.