Professor Andrew Le Sueur, LLB (Hons), Barrister (Middle Temple)
Professor of Public Law
Andrew Le Sueur joined Queen Mary as Professor of Public Law in 2006, having previously held posts at Birmingham and UCL. He is Director of Taught Programmes for the Department of Law. Since 2009, he divides his time between Queen Mary and the Institute of Law in Jersey, where he is director of studies. He practises as a barrister from Brick Court Chambers and in 2010 was elected a Bencher of Middle Temple.
Professor Le Sueur is an active member of scholar networks: he was elected to the executive committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law in 2011; is co-convenor of the UK Constitutional Law Group; and is a founding member of the Dornburg Research Group of New Administrative Law. Between 2002-2011, he was editor of the journal Public Law and continues to serve on its editorial committee.
Over the past decade, Professor Le Sueur has served as an adviser to parliamentary select committees, including a period as legal adviser to the House of Lords Constitution Committee (2006-09). In April 2011, he was appointed as the specialist adviser to that Committee for their inquiry on the judicial appointments process.
His main research interests are in the broad fields of constitutional and administrative law. He has a long-standing interest in the role and design of top-level courts and edited and contributed to Building the UK's New Supreme Court: National and Comparative Perspectives (OUP 2004). During 2008, he and Kate Malleson organised a series of seminars for the senior judiciary, practitioners, academics, a report of the Supreme Court seminars can be read on the SSRN website.
He has written widely on aspects of administrative justice and judicial review. He is a co-author of de Smith’s Judicial Review (6th edn 2007; Supplement 2009). He is completing a project with Varda Bondy of the Public Law Project on a study on designing redress mechanisms, funded by a grant from the Nuffield Foundation.
Publications since 2008
- ‘Administrative Justice and the Resolution of Disputes’, ch 11 in J Jowell and D Oliver (eds), The Changing Constitution 7th edn (OUP 2011)
- ‘People as “Users” and “Citizens”: The Quest for Legitimacy in British Public Administration’ ch 3 (pp 29-48) in M Ruffert (ed), Legitimacy in European Administrative Law: Reform and Reconstruction (Europa Law Publishing 2011).
- Public Law: Texts, Cases and Materials (with M Sunkin and J Murkens) (OUP 2010)
- Chapters in D Feldman (ed), English Public Law 2nd edn (OUP 2009)—ch 1A ‘Constitutional Fundamentals’ and ch 3 ‘The Nature, Powers, and Accountability of Central Government’
- First Supplement to sixth edition of de Smith’s Judicial Review (with C Donnelly, I Hare) (Sweet & Maxwell 2009)
- ‘From Appellate Committee to Supreme Court: a Narrative’ in L Blom-Cooper et al, The Judicial House of Lords 1876-2009 (OUP 2009), read the review.
- (with K Malleson) ‘The Judiciary’ in R Hazell (ed), Rethinking the Future of the Constitution (Palgrave Macmillan 2008)
- 'Gordon Brown’s new constitutional settlement’  Public Law 21
Professor Le Sueur welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision in the broad fields of constitutional and administrative law.
Current PhD Students
Jack Simson Caird
Professional activities and outreach:
- LAW4001 Public Law
- LAW5106 Administrative Law