Keith Bush QC LLM (London) Barrister is an Honorary Professor at Swansea University College of Law and Criminology. He is also President of the Welsh Language Tribunal, a Recorder (sitting in the County Court) a member of the Law Commission’s Advisory Committee for Wales and Secretary of the Wales Public Law and Human Rights Association. Having practised at the Bar in Cardiff for over 20 years, he joined the Welsh Government’s legal service in 1999, where he became Legislative Counsel, leading the legal team which worked on a number of bills relating to Wales, including the one that became the Government of Wales Act 2006. From 2007 until 2012 he was Chief Legal Adviser to the National Assembly for Wales. He has contributed to the Statute Law Review, the Cambrian Law Review, the Wales Legal Journal, the Journal of the Welsh Legal History Society and the New Law Journal (see below) and he frequently lectures on public law issues in both English and Welsh. He is Module Director for two innovative undergraduate modules at Swansea University on Legislation and the Law of Multi-Level Governance as well as contributing to Public Law teaching in both English and Welsh. He has recently completed a Welsh language work on Public Law - ‘Sylfeini’r Gyfraith Gyhoeddus’ (‘Foundations of Public Law’) commissioned by Bangor University and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (the National Welsh Language College). His teaching and research interests include the legal rights of linguistic and cultural groups, federal and quasi-federal states and non-territorial constitutional structures.

Teaching

  • LAA343 Legislation

    The module examines the purpose and form of legislative instruments and the processes by which they are made. The development of legislation over the centuries, to become the predominant source of modern law, will be traced, as will the differing approaches to legislation taken by common law and civil law traditions. The module has a strong practical element, encouraging and enabling students to adopt an enquiring and critical approach to legislative texts and equipping them to understand and use legislative sources more effectively in whatever future career they decide to pursue.

  • LAA344 Multi-level Governance

    This module explores the legal aspects of multi-level governance, with a particular focus on devolved government within the United Kingdom ¿ how it has developed, its current form and how it might evolve ¿ but also examining the relationship between the UK state and supra-national legal regimes such as the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights. Comparisons will be made with other systems of dividing legal competence between different levels of government, for example those of the USA, Canada (and other Commonwealth countries) and Spain. Emphasis will be placed on the legal mechanisms for regulating the relationships between different levels of government and on the tensions between the competing legal forces of globalisation and decentralisation.

  • LAQ202 Public Law 1

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

  • LAQ206 Public Law 1

    This module provides an introduction a number of key themes in the Public Law of the United Kingdom.

  • 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.