Trevor Allan (legal philosopher)

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Trevor Allan

OccupationProfessor of law
TitleProfessor of Jurisprudence and Public Law
Academic work
Sub-disciplineJurisprudence, public law
InstitutionsPembroke College, Cambridge
Main interestsconstitutional theory, civil liberties, legal and political theory

Trevor Robert Seaward Allan, FBA (born 9 May 1955) is Professor of Jurisprudence and Public Law at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Pembroke College. His views are most notable for challenging constitutional orthodoxy in the United Kingdom, particularly in his redefinition of the scope of parliamentary sovereignty.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Allan was educated at St Albans School and Worcester College, Oxford, where he received a MA in Jurisprudence and a BCL. He also holds a LLD from Cambridge University. He was called to the bar by the Middle Temple in 1970.

He was a lecturer in Law at the University of Nottingham between 1980 and 1985, and joined the University of Cambridge in 1989. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2016.[2][3]

His books include Constitutional Justice: A Liberal Theory of the Rule of Law (OUP), Law, Liberty, and Justice: The Legal Foundations of British Constitutionalism (Clarendon Paperback), and the Sovereignty of Law: Freedom, Constitution, and Common Law (OUP).[4]

Constitutional theory[edit]

Allan's view is that the rule of law occupies a superior position to parliamentary sovereignty in the constitutional hierarchy. He develops this view in The Sovereignty of Law: Freedom, Constitution and Common Law.[5]


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  3. ^ "British Academy announces new President and elects 66 new Fellows". The British Academy. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
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