Dr Alex Latham
Lecturer in Law
Legal Studies
Room: Office - 046
Ground Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus

I joined Swansea University in January 2018, before which I was a Lecturer at the University of Sussex. I have a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (2015), a master's degree from University College London (2010) and an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford (2004). I was called to the Bar in 2006.

My main research is in constitutional theory, with my PhD thesis examining the question of whether judicial review of legislation is anti-democratic. I am particularly interested in the symbolic dimension of constitutional design, and in the relationship between political institutions, political practices and political values.

Areas of Expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • democracy
  • housing law
  • legal theory
  • political theory
  • Public Law
  • The European convention on human rights

Publications

  1. Dworkin's Incomplete Interpretation of Democracy. Washington University Jurisprudence Review 10
  2. (2016). Religion without God, by Ronald Dworkin, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2013, ix + 180 pp., US$17.95 (hardback), ISBN 978-0-674-72682-6. (Global Discourse No. 6). Abingdon: Routledge.
  3. (2016). Murray Hunt, Hayley J Hooper and Paul Yowell, Parliaments and human rights: redressing the democratic deficit. London: Sweet & Maxwell.
  4. Talking without Speaking, Hearing without Listening? Evictions, the Law Lords and the European Court of Human Rights. Public Law [2007](4), 730-753.
  5. From Whose Point of View? On the Undemocratic Nature of Moral Tests for Law. Cambridge Student Law Review 7(1), 100-110.

Teaching

  • LAQ210 Public Law 2

    This module provides an introduction to public law in the UK, with particular focus on the role of the law in constraining political power.