Professor Kate Malleson, BA (Hons) (Lond), MPhil (Cantab) PhD (Lond), Solicitor, Academic Bencher of Middle Temple
Professor of Law
Kate Malleson’s main research interests are the judiciary, the legal system and the constitution. She has a particular interest in judicial selection and has recently completed a joint three-year AHRC funded project on the selection of judges to the International Courts. The findings were published by OUP in 2010 in a book entitled Selecting International Judges: Principle, Process and Politics. A smaller research project in 2008 funded by the British Academy explored the selection process to the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Much of Kate Malleson’s work in recent years has been around the constitutional reforms in the UK. Together with colleagues from University College London and Birmingham University she has been awarded AHRC funding for a three year project on the Politics of Judicial Independence in Britain’s Changing Constitution.
In 2010, she and Professor Andrew Le Sueur were invited by the Supreme Court to organise an anniversary seminar to mark the first year of the work of the new Court. This followed on from a series of seminars which they organised at Queen Mary in the run-up to the opening of the Court. The report of the Supreme Court seminars can be read on the SSRN website.
An increasingly significant research focus of Kate Malleson’s work has been on diversity in the composition of the judiciary and the legal profession. Together with a group of colleagues from academia and legal practice she has set up the Equal Justices Initiative to monitor developments in judicial appointments and to promote the appointment of equal numbers of women and men to the bench in the UK.
Together with Professor Lizzie Barmes and colleagues from the Geography department and the School of Business and Management at QM she was awarded AHRC funding to establish a Research Network on Promoting Equality and Diversity through Economic Crisis. The Network organised four workshops from 2010-2012 and sought to advance understanding of the effects of the economic downturn on equality and diversity policies across places, sectors, and social groups; and of the possibilities for resisting negative outcomes and effecting positive change.
Kate Malleson is a member of the governing council of JUSTICE and an academic Bencher of Middle Temple.
- Selecting International Judges: Principle, Process and Politics (with Mackenzie, Martin and Sands) (2010) Oxford University Press.
- The Legal System (with Richard Moules) (2010), fourth edition, Oxford University Press
- Appointing Judges in an Age of Judicial Power: Critical Perspectives from Around the World (co-editor with Peter Russell) (2006) (Toronto University Press)
- The New Judiciary: The Effects of Expansion and Activism (1999) (Ashgate Press)
Recent Journal Articles
- ‘The Evolving Role of the UK Supreme Court’ Public Law October 2011 pp. 754-772
- The Legal Profession as Gatekeepers to the Judiciary: Design Faults in Measures to Enhance Diversity’ Modern Law Review, 2010 vol 74, Issue 2, pp 245
- 'Diversity in the judiciary: The case for Positive Action' Journal of Law and Society, Volume 36, Number 3, September 2009, pp. 376-402(27)
- 'Promoting Judicial independence in the international Courts: Lessons from the Caribbean' International and Comparative Law Quarterly Volume 58, Issue 3, July 2009, pp. 671-697.
Recent chapters in edited collections
- 'Gender Quotas for the Judiciary in England and Wales' in U. Shultz and G Shaw (eds) 'Gender and the Judiciary' Hart Publishing (forthcoming 2011)
- 'Appointment, Discipline and Removal of Judges – Fundamental Reforms in the United Kingdom' in HP Lee (ed) (2011) Judiciaries in Comparative Perspective Cambridge University Press
- 'Who Goes Upstairs: Appointments to the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords' in Blom-Cooper, Drewry and Dickson (eds) The Judicial House of Lords, OUP (2009)
Kate Malleson welcomes proposals for postgraduate research in the fields of the judiciary, courts and comparative judicial studies, the legal profession and diversity and the legal system.
Current PhD students
- LLB Public law
- QLLM023 Courts in Comparative Perspective
- PhD Research methods
- MA by Research in Law - Research methods