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Dr Craig Prescott is Senior Lecturer in Law in the Department of Law. He joined the University in 2015, having previously been a Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London and the University of Manchester. He has also taught at Manchester Metropolitan University and at the China-EU School of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.

He is Director of the University's Centre for Parliament and Public Law (CPPL), a new departmental research centre, launched formally at the 2018 Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law (TRILCon), organised by the Department's Centre for Information Rights.

For more information, visit Craig's personal website.

Areas of expertise

Craig's main expertise lies in Constitutional Law, particularly elections, Parliament and the monarchy. His PhD was awarded by the University of Manchester in 2015 and focussed on the processes used to change the UK constitution, and how these processes could be improved.

He also teaches Equity & Trusts and Property Law, building on experience gained in the City of London. Craig frequently appears in the media to provide expert commentary on issues surrounding constitutional law, particularly Brexit.

Craig also teaches Sports Law.



Stanton, J. and Prescott, C. 2018 Public Law (Oxford University Press)

Written evidence on referendums

Craig has submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee for their inquiry ‘Lessons Learned from the EU Referendum’.

Blogs, online articles and reports

A 'Snap' General Election? It’s Far from a Certainty. U.K. Const. L. Blog (13th Jul 2016)

'Engaging the Public'. Research Paper for The House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee. This fed into the report A New Magna Carta, published in 2014.

Prisoner Voting and the Constitution, UCL. UK Const. L. Blog (9th July 2014) (Conference Report)

Interdisciplinary Uncertainty’ A Report from Conference on the Teaching of Public Law. UK Const. L. Blog (2nd July 2013)

The Union, Constitutional Change and Constitutional Conventions (and English Regionalism?) UK Const. L. Blog (3 April 2013)

Conferences and presentations

Modern Monarchy: State, Nation and Commonwealth. Constitutional Law Seminar Series, City, University of London, March 2018

When Statutory Silence Is Deafening: The Binding Nature of the Referendums in the UK. Society of Legal Scholars Conference, University College Dublin, September 2017

Brexit: What Next? Carlton Club Discussion Evening, April 2017. Watch the presentation video.

Modern Monarchy: Brexit and English Identity. Expertise in English Issues Event, University of Winchester, September 2016

Legal and Constitutional Implications of the EU In or Out Referendum. England in the EU Conference, University of Winchester, April 2016

Informal Constitutional Change: Pulling Iraq Up from Its Bootstraps. Who Takes Britain to War? Conference, University of Leicester

The Methodology of Cameron’s Government. 2015 UK Constitutional Law Association Conference, University of Manchester


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