Trevor Allan (legal philosopher)

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Trevor Allan
Occupation Professor of law
Title Professor of Jurisprudence and Public Law
Academic work
Discipline Lawyer
Sub-discipline Jurisprudence, public law
Institutions Pembroke College, Cambridge
Main interests constitutional theory, civil liberties, legal and political theory

Trevor R. S. Allan, is Professor of Jurisprudence and Public Law at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Pembroke College. His views are most notable for challenging constitutional orthodoxy in the United Kingdom, particularly in his redefinition of the scope of parliamentary sovereignty.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Allan received his M.A. in Jurisprudence and his B.C.L. from Oxford University, and subsequently his L.L.D. from Cambridge University.

Work and achievements[edit]

Allan is a barrister of Middle Temple. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2016.[2][3]

His books include Constitutional Justice: A Liberal Theory of the Rule of Law (OUP), Law, Liberty, and Justice: The Legal Foundations of British Constitutionalism (Clarendon Paperback), and the Sovereignty of Law: Freedom, Constitution, and Common Law (OUP).[4]

Constitutional theory[edit]

Allan's view is that the rule of law occupies a superior position to parliamentary sovereignty in the constitutional hierarchy. He develops this view in The Sovereignty of Law: Freedom, Constitution and Common Law.[5]