Alexander Latham

'Democracy and Judicial Review: a theory of a practice'

BA (Oxon), LLM, barrister

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  • Principal Supervisor: Dr Cormac Mac Amhlaigh
  • Assistant Supervisor: Professor Neil Walker


My thesis looks at whether judicial review of legislation can be compatible with a satisfactory theoretical account of democracy.



2011 - present: PhD, University of Edinburgh

2009 - 10: LLM Public Law and Human Rights Law, University College London

2001 - 04:  BA Jurisprudence, University College, Oxford



'Life, the Universe and Everything' (2014) Global Discourse (forthcoming) 

'Talking without Speaking, Hearing without Listening? Evictions, the UK Top Court and the European Court of Human Rights' [2011] Public Law 730

'From Whose Point of View? On the Undemocratic Nature of Moral Tests for Law' (2011) 7 Cambridge Student Law Review 100


Positions Held

Research Assistant, DemocracyLab project 

Principal's Career Development Scholar (2011 - present)

Member of the Organising Committee of the Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2013

Convenor, Edinburgh Legal Theory Research Group (2012 - 13)

Editor, Edinburgh Law School Working Paper Series (2012 - 13)

Co-ordinator, SLUG programme (2011 - 12)



Law in Context (ordinary)

Public Law and Individual Rights (ordinary)

Social and Political Theory 2 (ordinary, School of Political and Social Science)

Administrative Law (honours)

Constitutional Law (honours)

Democracy and its Discontents (ordinary, School of Political and Social Science) 

The Anatomy of Public Law (LLM)


Conference and Other Presentations

'The Value of Representation and the Case against Judicial Review', Edinburgh Legal Theory Graduate Workshop, 11 September 2014 

'An Incomplete Interpretation: Dworkin's Defence of Judicial Review', Edinburgh Political Theory Research Group, 12 February 2014

'Static or Dynamic? Waldron's Case against Judicial Review', Edinburgh-Oxford-Harvard Legal Theory Colloquium, University College, Oxford, 28 November 2013

'Ideal Theory, Institutional Design and Democracy', Edinburgh Political Theory Research Group, 6 November 2013

'Beyond Ethical Liberalism: Democracy as a valuable practice', Edinburgh Political Theory Research Group,  13 February 2013

'Taking Goods Seriously: What's missing from Dworkin's account of political community', Edinburgh-Oxford Legal Theory Colloquium, 18 January 2013

'After Brighton: What is the European Court of Human Rights for?', Edinburgh Constitutional Law Discussion Group, 20 November 2012

'Waldron and Dworkin on Political Rights and Democratic Goods', Association of Legal and Social Philosophy Annual Conference, Queen's University Belfast, 26 June 2012

 'What's Good about Democracy?', Edinburgh Legal Theory Colloquium, 13 January 2012