Thesis Title: 'The use and development of Closed Material Procedures in UK law'
Research Interests: Social systems theory; human rights and legal subjectivity; materiality of legal procedures; terrorism and national security; secrecy and disclosure; the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.
Bernard studied law and politics in Queen’s University Belfast before coming to the LSE, where he completed his LLM, in 2007. Before beginning his PhD in 2013, Bernard practiced immigration, asylum, and public law for five years, qualifying as a solicitor. His experience working on cases before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission led to his PhD research into the evolving use of secret material as evidence and the mechanisms which enable it. He has written articles about legal and political theory for the Guardian’s Comment is Free website, and has appeared on television discussing secret court hearings. Before moving to London, he worked as a freelance radio journalist for BBC Radio Ulster. Bernard's research is informed by social theory and the anthropological study of legal practice.
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