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Constitutionalism and Governance

Investigating the relationship between individuals and the state.

Our research

The Constitutionalism and Governance group interrogates the:

  • constitutional foundations of states
  • EU and international organisations
  • ways in which modern democracies are governed

We also explore the relationship between individuals and the state.

We particularly look at this in the context of human rights law.

The group is convened by Dr Ruth Houghton and Dr Sylvia de Mars

We look at whether prisoners should be allowed to vote.

Our work

Some of our recent work includes:

  • the impact of Brexit on the UK’s constitution, Northern Ireland and the protection of human rights
  • constitutionalism in the global legal order
  • historical studies of the UK constitution and the role of criminal juries
  • the role of Courts and judicial decision-making
A Brexit protest.

Funding and impact

Our research is funded by the ESRC and the Leverhulme Foundation. We regularly give evidence before Parliamentary committees. The group’s work has shaped government policy in a wide range of areas. This includes Brexit and the human rights of prisoners.

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    Our People

    PGR student membership

    Li Wang joined the Constitutionalism and Governance group in October 2021.

    Frances Nwadike joined the Constitutionalism and Governance group in May 2022.

    Jane Greening joined the Constitutionalism and Governance group in May 2022.

    Viktoriia Hamaiunova joined the Constitutionalism and Governance group in January 2022. 



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