Alexandra Sinclair

Alexandra Sinclair

PhD Student in Law

Department of Law

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Key Expertise
Public and administrative law, human rights, internet and technology law

About me

Thesis title

'Automated decision-making by the state'


Professor Tom Poole and Dr Orla Lynskey

Research interests

Public and administrative law, human rights, internet and technology law, data protection, free speech and privacy 

Alexandra is a PhD candidate in law at the LSE and a research fellow at the Public Law Project. She is the recipient of an LSE PhD studentship for the duration of her studies. Alexandra has an LLB with first class honours from Victoria University of Wellington and an LLM with honours from Columbia Law School in New York City where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. She has worked as a judge's clerk at the Auckland High Court and a barrister in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2015 she was awarded the Cleary Memorial Prize by the New Zealand Law Foundation for showing outstanding promise in the New Zealand legal profession. After her studies at Columbia she interned at the Knight First Amendment Institute and was a Columbia Public Interest Fellow at the Center for Court Innovation.

For the last two years she has headed up the Public Law Project's statutory instrument scrutiny project, researching the statutory instruments made by the government to facilitate Brexit and its response to Covid-19. Her research was used as the foundation for the Public Law Project's intervention in the 2019 Miller/Cherry Supreme Court prorogation case and she is a frequent contributor to the UK Constitutional Law Association Blog. She has also written for the UK immigration law blog Free Movement, the Law Society Gazette and Prospect Magazine. In 2020 she was published in the Modern Law Review with Dr Joe Tomlinson, analysing the Supreme Court's decision in the 'bedroom tax' case R v Carmichael.

Her doctoral research focuses on how public/administrative law should respond to the new challenge of automation in government and how the courts can exercise effective supervisory control over automated systems.


J. Tomlinson and A. Sinclair, ‘Empowering Tribunals to Enforce the Human Rights Act 1998’ (2020) Modern Law Review 652

Blogposts and other outlets

J. Tomlinson, L. Graham and A. Sinclair, 'Does judicial review of delegated legislation under the Human Rights Act 1998 unduly interfere with executive law-making?', U.K. Const. L. Blog (22nd Feb. 2021)

A. Sinclair and J. Tomlinson 'How abuse of delegated legislation makes a mockery of lawmaking'Prospect Magazine (8 December 2020)

A. Sinclair and J. Tomlinson, 'Brexit Delegated Legislation: Problematic Results', U.K. Const. L. Blog (9th Jan. 2020)

A. Sinclair and J. Tomlinson, 'The second prorogation: what are the implications for legislating for Brexit?', Prospect Magazine, (11 October 2019)

A. Sinclair and J. Tomlinson, 'Eliminating Effective Scrutiny: Prorogation, No Deal Brexit, and Statutory Instruments', U.K. Const. L. Blog (4th Sept. 2019)

A. Sinclair 'Is it legal to end EU free movement without a new Immigration Act?Free Movement (29 August 2019)

A. Sinclair and J. Tomlinson, 'Brexit, Primary Legislation, and Statutory Instruments: Everything in Its Right Place?', U.K. Const. L. Blog (25th Mar. 2019)

A. Sinclair and J. Tomlinson, 'Deleting the Administrative State?', U.K. Const. L. Blog (7th Feb. 2019)