Dr Alex Latham
Lecturer in Law
Legal Studies
Telephone: (01792) 604809
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), 155-181.
  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

  • LA-368 Public Law for Graduate Diploma in Law regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar

    Conversion course for non law graduates to fulfill academic requirements of professional bodies and enable progression to those wishing to become solicitors or barristers.

  • LAA110 Public Law 2

    This module examines a number of key issues and principles in the Public Law of the United Kingdom, including judicial review.

  • LAA110C Cyfraith Cyhoeddus 2

    This module examines a number of key issues and principles in the Public Law of the United Kingdom, including judicial review.

  • LAA114 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.

  • LAA114C Cyfraith Cyhoeddus 2

    This module examines some of the core principles of the Public Law of the United Kingdom.

  • 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.

  • 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.