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Dr Elizabeth O'Loughlin

Assistant Professor in Public Law and Human Rights


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Assistant Professor in Public Law and Human Rights in the Durham Law SchoolPCL124+44 (0) 191 33 42834


Dr Elizabeth O’Loughlin joined Durham Law School as an Assistant Professor in Public Law and Human Rights in 2019. She has previously worked at City University, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Leeds. She has held visiting positions at Melbourne Law School, where she was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow in Comparative Constitutional Law, and at the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists in Nairobi. She holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, where she worked on a European Research Council-funded study entitled ‘A Sociology of the Transnational Constitution’. She also holds an LLM (by research) from the European University Institute and an LLB from the University of Leeds. During her time at Manchester, she was founding director of the Manchester International Law Centre’s Women in International Law Network.

At Durham, Elizabeth teaches on public law and human rights modules across the undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes. She served as co-director of the Human Rights Centre between 2019-2021 and was Director of Undergraduate Admissions in 2020-2021. She is co-convenor of the Public Law Section of the Society of Legal Scholars. 

Elizabeth is a public lawyer who researches in the fields of comparative constitutional law and English administrative law. Her comparative work has focussed upon constitutional reform in Kenya. Her administrative law work has concerned the function of judicial review of the UK ombudsector. She actively engages in the judicial reform landscape in the UK, and is commonly called upon for her expertise in empirical approaches to administrative law, having been invited to deliver training on designing legal content analysis studies to the Research Team of the Public Law Project, and to sit as an academic member of their seminars on evidence in judicial review reform. In 2021, in her role as co-director of the Durham Human Rights Centre she co-hosted a public event with the Independent Human Rights Act Review Panel.

Elizabeth is presently working on three research projects. First, she is expanding her doctoral research on constitutional reform in Kenya into a monograph, with a particular focus upon the role of constitutional adjudication in responding to the long shadow cast by colonialism in the new constitutional order. Second, she is designing a multi-method empirical project on the operation of the principle of the duty of candour in judicial review procedure. Third, she is co-editing (along with colleague Dr Wheatle) a student textbook entitled Diverse Voices in Public Law (forthcoming 2023), as part of Bristol University Press’ Diverse Voices series.

She welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective doctoral candidates in any of her research interests.


Research Interests
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • UK Constitutional Law
  • UK Administrative Law
  • The relationship between International law and Constitutional Law
  • The Individual and the State
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Advanced Issues in Human Rights

Research groups

  • Human Rights Centre


Book review

  • O'Loughlin, EA (2021). Stretching the Constitution: The Brexit Shock in Historic Perspective. Public Law
  • O'Loughlin, EA (2017). Kenya’s Constitution in a global context. International Journal of Constitutional Law

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Kirkham, R & O'Loughlin, EA (2018). What Do Judges Actually Do in Judicial Review? An Argument for Systematic Studies. Blog.


  • Blackbourn, J, Douglas, B, Fenwick, H, Frantziou, E, Kagiaros, D, Masterman, R, McHarg, A, O'Donoghue, A & O'Loughlin, EA (2022). Submission to the Ministry of Justice consultation on Human Rights Act Reform: A Modern Bill Of Rights.
  • Douglas, B, Fenwick, H, Frantziou, E, Kagiaros, D, O'Loughlin, EA, Masterman, R & Pillay, A (2021). Evidence to the Independent Human Rights Act Review, Human Rights Centre, Durham Law School.
  • Fahey, E, Odermatt, J & O'Loughlin, EA (2019). Whose Global law? Comparative, Regional and Cyber Approaches to Law-Making. London, UK, The City Law School.