UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Rick Rawlings

Prof Rick Rawlings

Chair of Public Law

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Oct 2006

Research summary

Rick’s research interests range across Constitutional and Administrative Law and particularly involve complex systems of governance, territorial constitutional development, judicial review and administrative justice and procedure. 

Interweaving theory, legal doctrine and empirical studies, Rick's work closely connects with government and politics. He is particularly interested in the interplay of contemporary constitutional development with practical policy issues and implementation and in the role played by law and legal techniques in the design and working of administrative processes and governance systems. He has a special interest in the UK's territorial constitution, and more especially in Welsh constitutional and legal development in the context of democratic devolution. 

Teaching summary

At undergraduate (LLB) level, Rick convenes the third year option Administrative Law. He also teaches on the compulsory course Public Law.

At postgraduate (LLM) level, Rick convenes the full unit course on Judicial Review. 


Professor Richard (Rick) Rawlings is the Professor of Public Law at UCL. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW), and Honorary Bencher at Middle Temple. He is a former Leverhulme Major Research Fellow. Rick has also been appointed Honorary Distinguished Professor at Cardiff University. 

Rick's many works include leading monographs and edited collections such as Law and Administration (4th edn 2021) (with Carol Harlow); Delineating Wales: Constitutional, Legal anbd Aministrative Aspects of National Devolution (2005); The Regulatory State: Constitutional Implications (2010); Sovereignty and the Law (2013); Process and Procedure in EU Administration (2014) (with Carol Harlow). Reports include Challenge and Opportunity: The Draft Wales Bill (2016) and Brexit and the Territorial Constitution (2017). Rick has held visiting posts at leading universities in the common law world such as University of California, Berkeley; National University of Singapore; and University of Auckland. He was recently Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Professor at Melbourne University. Rick has served as Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Constitution Committee and on the (Thomas) Commission on Justice in Wales. He currently serves on the Welsh Advisory Committee of the Law Commission.