Jeff King

Jeff King

LL.B Hons Philosophy (Ottawa); LL.B/B.C.L. (McGill); M.St, D.Phil (Oxon) Member, Bar of New York

Professor of Law

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Jeff King joined the Faculty of Laws as a Senior Lecturer in 2011, and has been Professor of Law since 2016. He is the Co-Editor of Current Legal Problems, the Co-Editor of the UK Constitutional Law Blog, and the Treasurer of the UK Constitutional Law Association.  Previously, he was a Fellow and Tutor in law at Balliol College, and CUF Lecturer for the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford (2008-2011), a Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford (2008-2010), and a Research Fellow and Tutor in public law at Keble College, Oxford (2007-08). Prior to that he was an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City (2003-04).  From January 2014 to May 2015, he is an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation visiting fellow at the Humboldt University of Berlin.


Jeff’s research interests include UK and comparative constitutional and administrative law, human rights (especially social rights), socio-legal studies, legal and political theory, administrative justice, international human rights law, and public international law. He is currently researching:

  • Socio-economic constitutionalism (Germany, France, the UK and the US)
  • The impact of judicial review on statutory guidance (Nuffield Foundation funded empirical research project)
  • The Constitutional Role of s.4 Declarations of Incompatibility under the UK Human Rights Act 1998

View Jeff’s research profile on the UCL IRIS website


  • (with Hoi Kong, Ron Levy and Graeme Orr) (eds.), Deliberative Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, (forthcoming in 2018)).
  • (with Alexander Horne and Gavin Drewry) (eds.), Parliament and the Law (2nd Edn) (Hart Publishing, (forthcoming in 2018)).
  • The Doctrine of Odious Debt in International Law: A Restatement (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law, 2016.
  • Judging Social Rights (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law, 2012).
    **Winner, 2014 SLS Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.


Book chapters

  • ‘Parliamentary Privilege and Judicial Recourse to Hansard’ in Alexander Horne, Gavin Drewry & Jeff King (eds), Parliament and the Law (2nd Edn) (Oxford: Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2017) (8,000 words).
  • ‘Social Rights’ in Gary J Jacobsohn and Miguel Schorr (eds), Comparative Constitutional Theory (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2017) (8,000 words).
  • ‘Social and Economic Rights in Times of Economic Crisis’ in Stefano Civitarese and Simon Halliday (eds), The Impact of the 2008 Financial Crisis on Social Welfare Rights (Routledge, forthcoming 2016) (10,000 words).
  • ‘The Dark Side of Nudging: The Ethics, Political Economy, and Law of Libertarian Paternalism’ (with Christopher McCrudden) in Alexandra Kemmerer (et. al.) Choice Architecture in Democracies: Exploring the Legitimacy of Nudging (Oxford: Hart Publishing/Nomos, 2016) 67-132 (available here).
  • ‘Three Wrong Turns in Lord Sumption’s Conception of Law and Democracy’ in Nick Barber, Richard Ekins and Paul Yowell (eds), Lord Sumption and the Limits of Law (Hart Publishing, forthcoming in 2015).
  • ‘Parliament’s Role following Declarations of Incompatibility under the Human Rights Act’ in Murray Hunt, Hayley Hooper, and Paul Yowell (eds), Parliaments and Human Rights (Hart Publishing, 2015).
  • ‘American Exceptionalism about Social Rights’ in in Liora Lazarus, Christopher McCrudden and Nigel Bowles (eds), Reasoning Rights: Comparative Judicial Engagement (Hart Publishing, 2014).
  • ‘The Instrumental Value of Legal Accountability’ in Peter Leyland and Nicholas Bamforth (eds), Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • ‘Constitutions as Mission Statements’ in Denis J. Galligan and Mila Versteeg (eds), The Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
  • with Malcolm Langford, ‘The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ in Malcolm Langford (ed), Social Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in Comparative and International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2009).
  • ‘United Kingdom: Asserting Social Rights in a Multilayered System’ in Malcolm Langford (ed), Social Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in Comparative and International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2009).

Book Reviews

  • ‘Rights and the Rule of Law in Third Way Constitutionalism’ (2014) 30 Constitutional Commentary 101-126 (review of Stephen Gardbaum’s The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism).
  • ‘Poverty and Fundamental Rights, by D. Bilchitz (OUP 2007)’ (2008) Public Law 820-824.

 Blogging (UK Constitutional Law Blog)


  • Social Rights and Welfare Reform in Times of Economic Crisis’, Report for the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), (22 July 2014, Doc. No. CDL-LA(2014)002)).
  • Open Letter to Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs on Compliance of Canadian Bill C-6 with the UN Cluster Munitions Convention (November 2013), submitted to the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, referenced in the Senate Standing Committee here.
  • Written evidence (February 2013) to the Select Committee (Justice) of the UK House of Commons, on the Abolition of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council, discussed extensively in the Report of the JC (HC 965, 15 March 2013).
  • Written evidence (March 2012) to the Select Committee (Public Administration) of the UK House of Commons on the Abolition of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council, quoted in the Report of the PSAC (HC 1621, 8 March 2012).

External Appointments

  • Visiting Fellow, Humboldt University, Berlin (2014-2015) (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship for Experienced Researchers).
  • Distinguished Visiting Faculty, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto (January 2013).
  • Renmin University of China, Short Course on ‘Public Law and the British Constitution’ (August, 2012).
  • External Examiner in Public Law, Queen’s University Belfast (2011 – 2013)

Current Teaching
Public Law (Convenor)

Comparative Human Rights Law
Constitutional Theory (Convenor)
Judicial Review

PhD Supervision
Jeff King welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students. He is currently supervising:

  • Pritam Baruah
  • Jessica Duggan-Larkin
  • Guillermo Jimenez
  • Christina Lienen
  • Daniella Lock