Nicholas Barber

Professor of Constitutional Law and Theory



Nick Barber joined the Oxford Law Faculty in 1998 as a Fixed Term Fellow at Brasenose before moving to a tenured Fellowship at Trinity College in 2000.   In 2013 he was appointed University Lecturer in Constitutional Law and in 2017 he was appointed Professor of Constitutional Law and Theory.  In 2012 and 2013 he was a visiting Professor at Renmin University, China.  From 2019-23 he was Associate Dean (Research).  In 2023 he delivered the keynote address at the Dutch Association of Constitutional Law.  In 2024 he will be the James Meralls Visiting Fellow at Melbourne University, and in 2025 he will give the Sir Richard Ground Lecture in the Turks and Caicos.  From 2025-2026 he will act as Proctor.

He has lectured extensively on constitutional law and theory in many countries.  He has published many papers in these areas, and his book - The Constitutional State – was published in 2011, and has been widely reviewed.  His second book, The Principles of Constitutionalism, was published by Oxford University Press in summer 2018.  His most recent book, The United Kingdom Constitution: An Introduction was published in the Clarendon Law Series in late 2021.  Both The American Journal of Jurisprudence and The Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies have published collections of essays on his work.  

He was founder editor of the United Kingdom Constitutional Law Blog, and he was a co-author, with Jeff King and Tom Hickman, of the blog post that sparked the litigation in Miller, a post which first advanced the arguments eventually adopted by the High Court and Supreme Court.  

Alongside Richard Ekins and Timothy Endicott, he is co-director of The Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government.