Professor Graham Gee

School of Law

Head of School and Professor of Public Law

Professor of Public Law

Graham Gee
G.Gee@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 6869

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Professor Graham Gee
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
Sheffield
S3 7ND
Profile

I joined Sheffield as professor of public law in September 2015 after seven years at the University of Birmingham. Much of my teaching and research is focused on the changing nature and character of the UK constitution, with some of my most recent research examining changes to the governance, leadership and selection of the judiciary in England and Wales. My work on this has been cited by, amongst others, the Lord Chief Justice, the Chief Justice of Canada, the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Appointments Commission and the House of Lords Constitution Committee. Before pursuing an academic career, I qualified as a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. In 2016, I sat (at the invitation of the Lord Chancellor) on the panel that recommended candidates for selection as the UK judge on the European Court of Human Rights.

Qualifications
  • LLB (Exeter)
  • LLM (Harvard)
  • MSt (Oxford)
Research interests
  • Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Public Law and Political Ideologies (especially Conservatism)
  • Judicial Independence (especially judicial appointments)
Publications

Books

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Ekins R & Gee GD (2018) Miller, Constitutional Realism and the Politics of Brexit In Elliott M, Williams J & Young A (Ed.), The Constitution after Miller: Brexit and Beyond Oxford: Hart. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2017) Judging the JAC: How much judicial influence over judicial appointments is too much? In Gee G & Rackley E (Ed.), Debating Judicial Appointments in an Age of Diversity London: Routledge. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee G (2016) Judicial policy in England and Wales: A new regulatory space, Regulating Judges: Beyond Independence and Accountability (pp. 145-162). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2014) (Expert Commentary) Judicial Independence in a Changing Constitution In Elliott M & Thomas R (Ed.), Public Law (pp. 268-270). Oxford: OUP. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2012) The Persistent Politics of Judicial Selection In Seibert-Fohr A (Ed.), Judicial Independence in Transition (pp. 121-145). New York: Springer Science & Business Media. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee G (2012) The Persistent Politics of Judicial Selection: A Comparative Analysis, Judicial Independence in Transition (pp. 121-145). Springer Berlin Heidelberg RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2010) The Politics of Judicial Appointments in Canada In Jowell J (Ed.), Judicial Appointments Balancing Independence, Accountability and Legitimacy (pp. 99-114). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2010) Defending Judicial Independence in the British Constitution In Dodek A & Sossin L (Ed.), Judicial Independence in Context (pp. 381-410). Toronto: Irwin Law. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2005) Devolution and the Courts In Hazell R & Rawlings R (Ed.), Devolution, Law Making and the Constitution (pp. 252-294). Exeter: Imprint Academic. RIS download Bibtex download
  • () Debating Judicial Appointments in an Age of Diversity Routledge View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

Reports

  • Gee GD, Hazell R, Malleson K & O'Brien P (2014) Submission to the Triennial Review of the Judicial Appointments Commission RIS download Bibtex download

Website content

  • Gee GD (2015) Conventional wisdom and the Human Rights Act. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2015) Five Thoughts on Conservatism and Constitutionalism. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD & Malleson K (2014) Selecting the Justices: Four Suggestions. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2014) Do Lord Chancellors defend judicial independence?. Retrieved from http://ukconstitutionallaw.org/2014/08/18/graham-gee-do-lord-chancellors-defend-judicial-independence/ RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD & Malleson K (2014) Judicial Appointments, Diversity and the Equal Merit Provision. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2014) The Lord Chief Justice and Section 5 of the Constitutional Reform Act. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Malleson K & Gee GD (2013) Who should have the final say in lower level judicial appointments?. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2012) The Crime and Courts Bill and the JAC. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD & Hazell R (2011) When the Supreme Court Won’t Hear. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/law/2011/nov/02/when-the-supreme-court-says-no RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2011) Rights, Independence of Mind and Conservatives. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2011) Are Executive-Judicial Relations Strained?. RIS download Bibtex download

Other

  • Gee GD (2014) Oral and Written Evidence to House of Lords Constitution Committee, Inquiry on the Office of Lord Chancellor. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD, Hazell R, Malleson K & O'Brien P (2013) Response to the Judicial Appointments Commission’s Consultation on Changes to the Judicial Appointments Process resulting from the Crime and Courts Act 2013: Consultation on Diversity Considerations where Candidates are of Equal Merit. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2012) Interview on the Phil Upton Show, BBC Radio WM, about the judicial review action brought by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD, Hazell R & Malleson K (2012) Response to the Ministry of Justice Consultation Paper on Appointments and Diversity: A Judiciary for the 21st Century. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gee GD (2011) Written Evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee, Inquiry on The Judicial Appointments Process, 97-102. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Areas of Research Supervision

  • UK Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Judicial Independence
  • Judicial Appointments
Grants
Title/description Awarding body People involved Years funded Amount
Forty Years On From 'The Political Constitution': Reflections on Law, Politics and Authority Modern Law Review Seminar Series Chris McCorkindale (Strathclyde) 2016 £3,498
"Appointing Judges in an Age of Diversity” Socio Legal Studies Association
 
Erika Rackley (University of Birmingham)
 
2015 £2,500
"The Politics of Judicial Independence in the UK’s Changing Constitution”
 
AHRC Robert Hazell (UCL), Kate Malleson (Queen Mary)
 
2011-13 £110,000
Teaching interests

Studying Public Law is great fun, but also hard work. It is great fun because it helps us to make sense of many of the most important political issues of our time (e.g. human rights, devolution and the UK’s membership of the EU). One of the reasons why it is hard work is that it involves questioning many of the assumptions that we tend to make about law and politics (e.g. What exactly is law? What is the proper relationship between law and politics? Do legal and political modes of decision-making differ? Is one superior to the other?).

How we understand many of the most important ideas in Public Law—democracy, the rule of law, parliamentary sovereignty—is informed and underpinned by the implicit assumptions that we make about law and politics and, ultimately, judges and politicians.

In my classes, I encourage students to reflect on how their assumptions about law, politics, judges and politicians influence their responses to the questions addressed by Public Law, and in particular the question of how the exercise of public power ought to be controlled.

Teaching activities

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate

  • Contemporary Issues in Law and Justice (Convenor)
  • Public Law in the UK and EU (Convenor)
  • Advanced Constitutional Law (Convenor)    
  • Legislatures and Legislative Processes (Convenor)
Professional activities
  • Appointed by the Lord Chancellor as the independent member of the panel to select candidates for appointment as the UK judge on the European Court of Human Rights
  • Editor of the Judicial Power Project website (2015+)
  • Advisory Council, Policy Exchange Judicial Power Project (2014+)
  • External Examiner, LSE (2012+) and University of Strathclyde (2015+)
  • Finalist, University of Birmingham Joseph Chamberlain Award for Academic Excellence (2015)
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, Birmingham Law School (2010)

Recent invited papers and keynote lectures

  • “Is the Political Constitution Deliberative?” University of Oxford (March 2015)
  • “The Independence of the UK Supreme Court: Five Years On”, Seminar on the UK Supreme Court’s 5th Anniversary, UK Supreme Court (October 2014)
  • “Judicial Accountability”, Briefing to the Judicial Executive Board, Royal Courts of Justice (May 2014)
  • “Conservatism, Constitutionalism and Ideologies of Public Law”, Human Rights Centre, University of Durham (March 2014)