Head of the Judicial Power Project
Richard Ekins is Head of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project. He is an Associate Professor in the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of St John’s College. He also holds a fractional appointment at the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland. He is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (non-practising), where he has also served as a judge’s clerk. He is a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Jurisprudence and Public Law Review, and serves as an articles editor for the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. His research interests are in constitutional law and theory, and in political and legal philosophy. His works include The Nature of Legislative Intent (OUP, 2012), and the edited collections, Lord Sumption and the Limits of the Law (Hart Publishing, 2016) and Modern Challenges to the Rule of Law (LexisNexis, 2011). He has published articles in a range of leading journals, and his work has been relied upon by courts, legislators, and officials in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Related Posts & Publications
by Richard Ekins | Aug 13, 2017In widely reported remarks earlier this week, Lord Neuberger, the outgoing President of the Supreme Court, called for Parliament to tell our judges very clearly how rulings of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) are to be dealt with after Brexit. Lord...
by Richard Ekins | Jul 22, 2017The question of whether assisted suicide should be legalised is back before the courts. The High Court this week is being invited to declare that the Suicide Act 1961, which prohibits assisted suicide, is incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human...
The Charter of Fundamental Rights gives judges too much power, and is bad for accountable government
by Richard Ekins | Jul 14, 2017The Labour Party is threatening to vote against the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. The Bill aims to secure legal continuity by transposing EU law into domestic law. Section 5(4) of the Bill carves out an exception to this by providing that the Charter of...
by Richard Ekins | Jul 22, 2016Read Publication Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project new paper by Richard Ekins commenting on ‘Brexit and Judicial Power’ coincides with a panel event on the same theme, chaired by Lord Judge, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Panellists included:...
Latest Supreme Court judgment shows why the EU Charter must be axed. bit.ly/2xPTDUL