Professor Alison Young

Professor of Public 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 Media Law. She provides undergraduate lectures in Administrative law and Constitutional law.

Postgraduate teaching 

Alison teaches seminars and tutorials on the BCL Comparative Public law course. 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 work on public law has been published in a wide variety of international journals and edited collections.

She is a contributor to the Constitutional law blog  and is a member of the Oxford Human Rights Hub and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights (you need to insert a link to )

Alison was involved in commenting on the recent Miller decision in the Supreme Court and now regularly contributes to discussions of constitutional issues on local and national media.


Main Publications

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

Democratic Dialogue and the Constitution (OUP, 2017)

A constantly updated list of all of her publications can be found on her faculty web page: