Trevor Allan (legal philosopher)

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Trevor Robert Seaward Allan

OccupationLegal academic
Known forViews on parliamentary sovereignty and rule of law
TitleProfessor of Jurisprudence and Public Law, University of Cambridge
Academic background
EducationSt Albans School
Alma materWorcester College, Oxford
Academic work
DisciplineLegal academic
Sub-disciplineconstitutional theory, civil liberties, legal and political theory
Notable worksLaw, Liberty and Justice: the legal foundations of British constitutionalism; The Sovereignty of Law: freedom, constitution and common law

Trevor Robert Seaward Allan,[1] LLD FBA (born 9 May 1955) is Professor of Jurisprudence and Public Law at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College. He is known for challenging constitutional orthodoxy in the United Kingdom, particularly in his redefinition of the scope of parliamentary sovereignty.[2]

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 London Bar at 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 a Fellow of the British Academy in 2016.[3][4]

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).[5]

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.[6]


  1. ^ "Allan, Prof. Trevor Robert Seaward, (born 9 May 1955), Professor of Jurisprudence and Public Law, University of Cambridge, since 2003; Fellow, Pembroke College, Cambridge, since 1985 | WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO". doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-287796. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
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  4. ^ "British Academy announces new President and elects 66 new Fellows". The British Academy. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  5. ^ Cambridge Faculty of Law
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