Currently I'm a Lecturer in Public Law at Liverpool Hope University. Previously
I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica,
Taiwan's highest academic research institution. 

My research interests are in British public law (constitutional and administrative law),
comparative public law, socio-legal studies, democratic theory, civil disobedience, and
IT law and policy. Currently I’m analysing the effects of political and legal
constitutionalism (and how to effectively balance the two), the implications of
constitutional idolatry and judicial supremacy, and the interaction between social media
and the law. I currently have an edited collection under contract with Ashgate about the
Taiwan Sunflower and Hong Kong Umbrella Movements. Additionally, I have a monograph under
contract with Springer regarding 'The Ascent of the Political Statute'. 

I hold a PhD in Law from the University of Stirling; an MA in Criminology, Law &
Society from George Mason University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of
Missouri-Columbia. I can be contacted at: 



Preliminary Warnings on 'Constitutional' Idolatry, Public Law (2016)

Although contemporary societies covet the notion of a written constitution, the UK still stands as...



Disparaging the Supreme Court: Is SCOTUS in Serious Trouble?, Wisconsin Law Review Online (2015)

The piece argues that the Court is now subject to the widest and most sophisticated...



How Far Out of Step is the Supreme Court of the United States?, International Journal of Constitutional Law Blog (2015)

This piece compares the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) and the UK Supreme Court (UKSC)...



Confrontational Contestation and Democratic Compromise: The Sunflower Movement and its Aftermath (with Yen-Tu Su), Hong Kong Law Journal (2015)

This piece describes the two conflicting governmental visions involved in the events surrounding the Taiwan...



Assessing the Constitutionality of Legislation: Constitutional Review in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan, Asia Pacific Law Review (2015)

This article examines the constitutional interpretative authority of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, while incorporating international viewpoints...


Popular Press


Legislatures Should Take the Lead on Gay Marriage, The Hill's Congress Blog (2014)


Are Short Bill Titles a Form of Deceptive Advertising? (with Randal Shaheen), Huffington Post (2013)