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Professor Roger Masterman



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Professor of Durham Law SchoolPCL211+44 (0) 191 33 42799
Member of Human Rights Centre  


Roger Masterman is Professor of Constitutional Law at Durham Law School and - with Aileen McHarg - Joint General Editor of the journal Public Law.

His teaching and research interests lie in constitutional law and reform, particularly in the Human Rights Act 1998 and in the relevance of the separation of powers doctrine to the United Kingdom's constitution. He has a particular interest in the relationship between the European Court of Human Rights and domestic courts, and is well-known for his work on the mechanics and application of s.2(1) of the Human Rights Act.

His recent projects include an essay on Brexit and the United Kingdom’s devolutionary constitution, and a study of the influence of Judicial Committee of the Privy Council decisions on constitutional decision-making in the UK Supreme Court.

He is the author of The Separation of Powers in the Contemporary Constitution: Judicial competence and independence in the United Kingdom (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and (with Ian Leigh) Making Rights Real: The Human Rights Act in its First Decade (Hart Publishing, 2008). Alongside Robert Schütze he is editor of the Cambridge Companion to Comparative Constitutional Law (Cambridge University Press, 2019). 

The second edition of his textbook Constitutional and Administrative Law - written with Colin Murray of Newcastle Law School - was published in the Longman Law Series in 2018. Law-related tweets, and short updates to the latter, can be found by following @mastermanmurray.

Roger is a graduate of King’s College London, and has worked previously at the Constitution Unit, University College London. He serves on the Executive Committee of the UK Constitutional Law Association and contributes to the UK Constitutional Law Association blog:

Teaching Areas

UK Constitutional Law

Comparative Constitutional Law

Advanced Issues in Public Law

Research interests

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • UK Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Reform
  • The Human Rights Act 1998
  • The Judiciary

Research groups

  • Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
  • Human Rights Centre

Research Projects

  • Grants

Awarded Grants

  • 2010: A symposium to mark the tenth anniversary of the Human Rights Act(£8173.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2008: Judicial power under the HRA and VCHR(£2763.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2008: THE SEPARATION OF POWERS IN THE CONTEMPORARY(£18452.00 from Arts & Humanities Research Board)


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