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 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'm also currently writing about civil
disobedience, citizen contestation, and democracy in relation to Taiwan's Sunflower
Movement. 

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: jonesb5@hope.ac.uk. 

Articles

PDF

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

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

 

PDF

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...

 

PDF

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...

 

PDF

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...

 

PDF

Is Social Media a Human Right? Exploring the Scope of Internet Rights, International Journal of Constitutional Law Blog (2014)

This article explores the basis for social media being recognised as a human right, how...

 

Popular Press

Link

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

Link

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