Dr Alison Young

Fellow and Tutor in Law

CUF lecturer


Alison received her undergraduate education at the University of Birmingham, being awarded an LLB in Law and French, which included studying for a Diplôme d’études juridiques françaises at the Université de Limoges. She then came to Hertford, obtaining a BCL and D Phil here. She was a Tutorial Fellow in Law at Balliol College for three years, before returning to Hertford in 2000 to take up her Fellowship at the college.


Undergraduate teaching 

Alison teaches undergraduate tutorials in Constitutional law, Administrative law and European Union law.

Postgraduate teaching 

Alison teaches seminars and tutorials on the BCL Comparative Public law course, and also provides seminars on the BCL course on Constitutional Principles of European Union law. She also supervises research students in the general field of Constitutional theory, Public law, and human rights, particularly the right of freedom of expression. 


Alison’s research focuses predominantly on theoretical issues in public law, particularly constitutional theory of the UK and the European Union. She also focuses upon a comparative analysis of human rights protections. Her first book, Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act 1998 was published in 2009 by Hart Publishing. Her work on public law has been published in a wide variety of international journals.

 She is currently working on her second book, proposing a dialogic theory of constitutional analysis, as well as editing a collection of essays on parliamentary sovereignty with Professor Rick Rawlings and Professor Peter Leyland for Oxford University Press.  She is a contributor to the Constitutional law blog  and is a member of the Oxford Human Rights Hub.

Additionally, current research projects also include: a theoretical analysis of the principle of proportionality, an evaluation of recent decisions of the French Conseil constitutionnel with Sophie Boyron, an assessment of transparency and human rights adjudication and an analysis of the interplay of legal and political constitutionalism under the Human Rights Act 1998.


A constantly updated list of all of her publications can be found on her faculty web page: http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/profile/younga


Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act (Hart, 2009)

Book contributions

 ‘Accountability and Human Rights Adjudication’ in P Leyland and N Bamforth (eds) Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2013). 

 ‘The Human Rights Act 1998: Horizontality and the ‘Constitutionalisation’ of the Common law in K Ziegler (ed) Current Problems in the Protection of Human Rights: Perspectives from Germany and the UK (forthcoming Hart 2013)

‘Proportionality is Dead: Long Live Proportionality!’ in G Huscroft, B Miller and G Webber (eds) Proportionality (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2013)

‘Mapping Horizontality’ in D Hoffman (ed) Human Rights and Private Law (Cambridge University Press 2011)

‘The impact of section 2(1) Human Rights Act 1998’ in D Hoffman (ed) Human Rights and Private Law (Cambridge University Press 2011) 

'Horizontality and the Human Rights Act 1998' in Katja S Ziegler (ed), Human Rights and Private Law: Privacy as Autonomy (Hart Publishing 2007)


The Rule of Law in the United Kingdom: Formal or Substantive?’ [2012] Vienna Journal of International Constitutional law (forthcoming)

‘The Practicalities of Dialogue: Is Dialogue working under the Human Rights Act 1998?’ [2011] Public Law 773

‘Sovereignty: Demise, Afterlife or Partial Resurrection?’ (2011) 9 International Journal of Constitutional Law 163

‘Deference, Dialogue and the Search for Legitimacy’ (2010) 30 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies

'In Defence of Due Deference' (2009) 72 Modern Law Review 554

'Human Rights, Horizontality and the Public/Private Divide: Towards a Holistic Approach' (2009) 2 UCL Human Rights Law Review 159

'Hunting Sovereignty: Jackson v Attorney General' [2006](Summer) Public Law 187

'Ghaidan v Godin-Mendoza: Avoiding the Deference Trap' (2005)(Spring) Public Law 25

'A Peculiarly British Protection of Human Rights' (2005) 65 Modern Law Review 858

'The Charter, Constitution and Human Rights: is this the Beginning or the End for Human Rights Protections by Community law?' (2005) 11 European Public Law 219

'Remedial and Substantive Horizontality: the Common law and Douglas v Hello! Ltd' (2002) Public Law 232-241

'Judicial Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act 1998' (2001) 61 Cambridge Law Journal 53

‘Fact, Opinion, and the Human Rights Act 1998: Does English law need to modify its definition of ‘statements of opinion’ to ensure compliance with Article 10 ECHR?’ (2000) 20 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 89.

'The Rise of Prospective Henry VIII Clauses and their Implications for Sovereignty' [2003] (Spring) Public Law 112 (with NW Barber)

Case note

'Political Libel in New Zealand' (2001) 117 Law Quarterly Review 175 (with N W Barber)

Book reviews

‘Ewing:  Bonfire of the Liberties’ (2010) European Human Rights Law Review 659

'Leigh and Masterman:  Making Rights Real: the Human Rights Act in its First Decade ' 68 Cambridge Law Journal 473

'Protecting Rights without a Bill of Rights: Institutional Performance and Reform in Australia' (2007) Public Law 846

'Democracy through Law' (2006) Public Law 873  

'The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century' (2005) 121 Law Quarterly Review 168

'Koopmans: Courts and Political Institutions: A Comparative View' (2003) Public Law 434