Staff Profile:Dr Stuart Lakin

Mr Stuart Lakin
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Stuart Lakin currently teaches the following modules on the LL.B programme:

  • Constitutional law (module convenor)
  • Administrative Law and civil liberties
  • Jurisprudence (module convenor)
  • LL.B dissertations
  • Freedom Module (University wide)

He is also in charge of internal and external mooting in the law school.

Stuart welcomes Ph.D students in his areas of interest/expertise (as detailed below)

Areas of Interest:

Stuart's principal academic interest is in the relationship between legal theory, political theory and constitutional theory. He takes a distinctively Dworkinian approach to his work on the British constitution, arguing that many traditional constitutional doctrines (such as Parliamentary sovereignty, intentionalism/textualism as a theory of statutory interpretation, and the law/convention dichotomy) presuppose defective positivist accounts of law. He contends that the British constitution should be understood in terms of a set of interconnected political principles such as legality, the separation of powers, democracy, and equality.

Stuart is currently completing an article entitled 'Interpreting the British Constitution'. He argues that constitutional theory must be interpretive (in the Dworkinian sense), and that the best interpretation of British constitutional practice reflects a theory of limited government or constitutionalism.

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Further Publications:

Journal articles, books, book chapters

Blogs, unpublished articles etc

Recent Seminars/Conference Papers:

  • SLS Conference, University of Cambridge, Sept 5, 2011. A panel discussion with Trevor Allan on Nick Barber's book, 'The Constitutional State' (OUP, 2010)
  • W G Hart Workshop 2011, 'Parliamentary sovereignty and legal positivism: nonsense on stilts'. June 28, 2011.
  • Invited talk at Newcastle University law school, 'The Morality of Administrative Law Reasoning' Feb 23, 2011.
  • Invited lecture at the University of Bocconi, Milan: 'English Administrative Law', Nov 9, 2010
  • 'Principles of (Administrative) Law', SLS Conference, University of Southampton, Sept 15, 2010.
  • Meeting of the UK Constitutional Law Group: Co-panellist with Nick Barber, 'Constitutional Conventions and the Role of Judges' UCL, Dec 1, 2008.
  • Brunel University seminar series: 'Stop Talking About Parliamentary Sovereignty' University of Brunel, Nov 19, 2008.

Media work etc

  • Public Lecture, University of Reading, 'Post Election Reflections: Is the British Parliament Above the Law?' Dec 8, 2010-12-15
  • Interview on the Anne Diamond show, Radio Berkshire on the subject of the new Supreme Court: Mon Oct 5, 11am.
  • Article in The Guardian newspaper on MPs' expenses claims: available at
  • Radio interview, station 107 (Reading) on the subject of the BNP leader, Nick Griffin, appearing on BBC Question Time.
B.A., M.A. (Cantab.), LL.M. (UCL), Ph.D. (UCL), Barrister, Lecturer

Biographical Details:

Stuart graduated from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge in 1999. He then qualified as a barrister before embarking on postgraduate studies at University College London (UCL). He taught tutorials and seminars in public law and jurisprudence at UCL from 2003-2012. In 2006, Stuart was appointed to a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Reading, and in 2008 he was awarded a University Teaching and Learning Award for young academics. He was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Reading in July 2009.

Stuart Lakin

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 4534
+44 (0) 118 378-4543

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