Public Law

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Martin Loughlin NAB 7.12 and Prof Conor Gearty

Additional Teachers:  Dr Jo Murkens, Dr Thomas Poole, Dr Grégoire Webber


This course is compulsory on the BA in Anthropology and Law and LLB in Laws. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

The course covers: the conceptual framework of public law; central government and the executive; parliament; multi-layered government (the European Union, devolution and local government); judicial review; and civil liberties and human rights.


20 hours of lectures and 18 hours of classes in the MT. 20 hours of lectures and 20 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of lectures and 4 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT and 1 essay in the LT.

Other assignments will be set by the class tutor, as required.

Indicative reading

Basic texts: M. Elliott & R. Thomas, Public Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) A. Le Sueur, M. Sunkin & J. Murkens, Public Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2nd edn, 2013); A.W.Bradley & K.D. Ewing, Constitutional and Administrative Law (London: Pearson, 15th edn., 2010).


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2012/13: 205

Average class size 2012/13: 12

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills