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Dr Caroline Morris, BA, LLB (Hons) (Well); LLM (Calif); PhD (Lond) Barrister and Solicitor (NZ)

Caroline

Senior Lecturer

Email: c.morris@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)207 882 5915
Room Number: Mile End

Profile

Caroline Morris joined Queen Mary, University of London, as a lecturer in public law in 2010. Previously she was a visiting lecturer and tutor in public law at King’s College London (2009-2010) and a senior lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2001-2009 (lecturer 2001-2005)). Before commencing her academic career, Caroline was the judicial assistant to Lord Woolf, MR at the Court of Appeal and then a legal advisor at the New Zealand Ministry of Justice.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • LAW4001 Public Law 

Research

Caroline's research focuses on democracy – both the representative and direct forms. She is an acknowledged expert on citizens’ initiatives, and is a member of the International Advisory Board of IRI-Asia. She also maintains an interest the experiences of women within the legal system, particularly in the areas of reproductive rights and legal education.

Caroline founded and co-directs the Centre for Small States, a new initiative dedicated to research and analysis of the legal issues facing the world's small states.  More information about the Centre for Small States and its activities can be found at www.centreforsmallstates.org.

 

Publications

Caroline Morris' publications list [PDF 22KB]

Books

  • Small States in a Legal World (Springer Publishing, Berlin, 2017) (with Petra Butler) 264pp ISBN 978-3-319-39365-0
  • Parliamentary Elections Representation and the Law (Hart, Oxford, 2012)
  • Reconstituting the Constitution (Springer Publishing, New York, 2011) (Ed with Petra Butler and Jonathan Boston) 581pp ISBN 978-3642215711
  • Getting a PhD in Law (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2011) (with Cian Murphy) 158pp ISBN 978-1841133065

Chapters in Books

  • "Referendums in Oceania" in Matt Qvortrup (ed) Referendums Around the World (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2014) 218-245 and appendix 281-296
  • "New Zealand's Electoral Reform Process" [PDF] in Robert Blackburn (ed) Case Studies in Constitution Building (Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, Houses of Parliament, 2014) 77-83
  • "Misbehaving Members of Parliament" in Caroline Morris, Petra Butler and Jonathan Boston (eds) Reconstituting the Constitution (Springer Publishing, New York, 2011) 243-266
  • "Prospects for Direct Democracy in New Zealand" in Jau-Yuan Hwang (ed) Direct Democracy in Asia (Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, Taipei, 2006) 391-401
  • "Remember the Ladies: a feminist perspective on Bills of Rights" in David Carter and Matthew Palmer (eds) Roles and Perspectives in the Law (Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2002) 27-42

Refereed articles

  • "From 'Arms, Malice and Menacing' to the Courts: Disputed Elections and the reform of the election petitions system" (2012) 32(2) Legal Studies 226-254
  • "To be or not to be (on TV): the SNP's challenge to the BBC" (2011) 22 (1) King's Law Journal 119-128
  • "Conceptualising Candidate Selection in the Courts: where to after Watt v Ahsan?" [2008] Autumn Public Law 415-429
  • "Evans v United Kingdom: Paradigms of Parenting" (2007) 70(6) Modern Law Review 992-1002
  • "A Dunne Deal? Politicians, the Media, and the Courts" (2005) 57(2) Political Science 55-64
  • "'A Mean Hard Place'? Law Students Tell it As it is" (2005) 36(2) Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 197-228
  • "'All Is Changed, Changed Utterly?' — Or, The Causes And Consequences Of New Zealand's Adoption Of MMP" (2004) 32(3) Federal Law Review 451- 478 (with Andrew Geddis)
  • "Regulations Review in the New Zealand Parliament" (2004) 4 Macquarie Law Journal 7-31 (with Ryan Malone)
  • "Improving our democracy or a fraud on the community? A closer look at New Zealand's Citizens Initiated Referenda Act 1993" (2004) 25(2) Statute Law Review 116-135
  • "On Becoming (and Remaining) a Member of Parliament" [2004] Spring Public Law 11-21
  • "Drugs, the Law, and Technology: Posing Some Problems in the Workplace" (2002) 20(1) NZ Universities Law Review 1-39
  • "Remember the Ladies: a feminist perspective on Bills of Rights" (2002) 33 & 34 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 451-466
  • "Technology and the Legal Discourse of Fetal Autonomy" (1998) 8 UCLA Women's Law Journal 47-97
  • "An Investigation into Gender Bias in the Employment Institutions" (1996) 21 NZ Journal of Industrial Relations 67-90
  • "The Governor-General, the reserve powers, Parliament and MMP: a new era" (1995) 25 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 345-372

Public Engagement

Since 2012, Caroline Morris has been a member of the Advisory Group working with the Law Commission on its electoral reform project.


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