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Biography

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.

Publications

Books

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

Written Evidence to Parliamentary Committees

Craig has submitted evidence to the following select committee inquiries:

  • Liaison Committee, Effectiveness and Powers of Select Committees
  • Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee, Status of Resolution of the House of Commons (focusing on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011)
  • Public Administration Committee, Lessons Learned from the EU Referendum
  • Craig also wrote a research paper, 'Engaging the Public', for the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee as part of their inquiry into a written constitution, as discussed in A New Magna Carta, published in 2014.

 

Other Publications

'The Queen and Brexit', Limes - Revisita Italiana di Geopolitica (June 2019) in Italian.

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

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

The Burns Report on the Size of the House of Lords: Using Parliamentary Privilege to Reform the Lords?. Political Studies Association International Conference 2019, Nottingham, April 2019

Introduction fo the WADA Anti-Doping Code. Guest Lecture at UCFB, Wembley Stadium, March 2019.

Brexit, the Union and English Parliament: Are "Common Frameworks" the Answer?. Routes to an English Parliament Conference, Centre for Parliament and Public Law and Centre for English Identity and Politics, Winchester Cathedral, January 2019.

Modern Monarchy: State and Nation. Constitutional Law Seminar Series, City, University of London, March 2018 (text available here) 

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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