Dr Robert Craig

BCL, LLB, AKC

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    Queens Road
    Bristol

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Robert Craig has convened and taught on the MA Public Law module. In previous years he has taught Jurisprudence, Law & State and Constitutional Rights at Bristol. He studied law at KCL and then undertook the BCL at Oxford. He has taught variously at KCL, City, Durham, Surrey, NCH and LSE. He focuses on Public Law generally with emphasis on constitutional law and legal philosophy. He has had articles published in the Modern Law Review, Journal of Media Law and Public Law. He recently completed a PhD at Bristol University considering the role of the Royal Prerogative in the modern UK constitution. He has provided expert commentary on BBC News, CNN, Radio 5 Live and Austrian TV on the first Gina Miller case in 2016 as well as the second in 2019.

Publications:

  • ‘Of virus and vires: lockdowns, vaccine mandates and role of the courts’, [2023] 6 European Human Rights Law Review 579-607.  
  • ‘The Fixed-term Parliaments Act: Out, out brief candle’, in Richard Johnson and Yuan Yi Zhu (eds), Sceptical Perspectives on the Changing Constitution of the United Kingdom (Hart Publishing: 2023).
  • ‘Defendant anonymity until charge, the presumption of innocence and the taxonomy of misuse of private information’, [2022] 14(2) Journal of Media Law 266-274.
  • Craig & Phillipson, ‘Protecting National Security by Breaking the Law? Prerogative, Statute and the Powers of MI5’, [2022] 85(5) Modern Law Review 1274–1288.
  • Craig & Phillipson, ‘Privacy, Reputation and Anonymity until Charge: ZXC goes to the Supreme Court’, [2021] 13(2), Journal of Media Law 153-185.
  • ‘Open justice, free speech and privacy in the modern constitution. Khuja (formerly PNM) v Times Newspapers Limited’ [2019] 82(1) Modern Law Review 129-145.
  • ‘Ouster clauses, separation of powers and the intention of parliament: from Anisminic to Privacy International’ [2018] Public Law 570-584. (cited by Dinah Rose QC in her written submissions to the Supreme Court at paragraph 129) and further cited with approval by Lord Carnwath (for the majority) in Supreme Court decision R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal [2019] UKSC 22, [39-40].
  • ‘Restoring confidence: Replacing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011’ [2018] 81(3) Modern Law Review 480-508.
  • ‘A simple application of the frustration principle: Prerogative, Statute and Miller’, [2017] Public Law (Brexit Special Issue 2017), 25-47.
  • ‘Casting Aside Clanking Medieval Chains: Prerogative, Statute and Article 50 after the EU Referendum’, [2016] 79(6) Modern Law Review, 1041-1063, cited by Lord Reed in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2017] 2 WLR 583, at [201].
  • ‘Black Spiders Weaving Webs: The Constitutional Implications of Executive Veto of Tribunal Determinations’ [2016] 79(1) Modern Law Review 166-182

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