UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Jeff King

Prof Jeff King

Professor of Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2011

Research summary

Jeff's research interests include UK and comparative public law (including international law), constitutional theory and socio-legal studies.  Within these, he is particularly interested in the relationship between public law, democracy and social policy. He is currently working on the use and abuse of delegated powers, comparative legal responses to Covid-19, and is writing a book on the social dimension of the rule of law.  He is also co-editing of a Cambridge Handbook of Constitutional Theory with Prof Richard Bellamy, whose publication by Cambridge University Press is expected in 2022.

Teaching summary

Jeff teaches Public Law and Jurisprudence on the LL.B and Constitutional Theory and Comparative Human Rights on the LLM.  He supervises PhD research in any area of public law or constitutional theory, and has supervised 8 students to the completion of their PhD.


Jeff King joined the UCL Laws as a Senior Lecturer in 2011, and has been Professor of Law since 2016. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and was between 2019-2021 a Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution.  He sits on the Editorial Committee of Public Law, the General Council of the International Society of Public Law (ICON Society), and is a member of the Study of Parliament Group .  He was previously  the Co-Editor of Current Legal Problems and the Co-Editor of the UK Constitutional Law Blog.  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 law at Keble College, Oxford (2007-08), and an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City (2003-04). In addition to Oxford, he has held visiting posts at the University of Toronto (2013, 2020), 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.