UCL Faculty of Laws


Prof Jeff King

Professor of Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2011

Research summary

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.  He is currently writing a book on the social dimension of the rule of law.

Teaching summary

Jeff teaches Public Law and Jurisprudence on the LL.B and Constitutional Theory and Comparative Human Rights on the LLM.  He has supervised several PhD students to successful completion.


Jeff King joined the UCL Laws as a Senior Lecturer in 2011, and has been Professor of Law since 2016. He is the Co-Editor of Current Legal Problems, formerly the Co-Editor of the UK Constitutional Law Blog, and sits on the Editorial Committee of Public Law as well as the General Council of the International Society of Public Law (ICON Society).  Prior to coming to UCL, 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 and Tutor in public law at Keble College, Oxford (2007-08), and an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City (2003-04). He has held visiting posts at the University of Toronto, Renmin University (Beijing), the University of New South Wales, and in 2014-15 was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation visiting fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin.  His book Judging Social Rights (Cambridge University Press, 2012) won the Society of Legal Scholars 2014 Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, and in 2017 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Law.