Biography

 

Nick Barber joined the Oxford Law Faculty in 1998 as a Fixed Term Fellow at Brasenose, moving to a tenured Fellowship at Trinity College in 2000.  He holds an MA from Oxford and the BCL, and is a non-practicing barrister and member of Middle Temple.  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.  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 will be published in the Clarendon Law Series in late 2021.

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, he is co-director of The Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government.   

He is currently Associate Dean (Research).

Publications

Recent additions

  • N. W. Barber, The United Kingdom Constitution: An Introduction (Oxford University Press 2022)
  • N. W. Barber, 'Accommodation and Resolution in the Good Constitution' in Vicki Jackson and Yasmin Dawood (eds), Constitutionalism and a Right to Effective Government (Cambridge Univeristy Press 2021) (forthcoming)
  • N. W. Barber, 'Peoples, Principles, and Finality' (2021) American Journal of Jurisprudence (forthcoming)

Book (3)

N. W. Barber, The United Kingdom Constitution: An Introduction (Oxford University Press 2022)
N. W. Barber, The Constitutional State (Oxford University Press 2010)
DOI: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Constitutional-State-Oxford-Theory/dp/0199585016
ISBN: 9780199585014

Chapter (14)

N. W. Barber, 'Accommodation and Resolution in the Good Constitution' in Vicki Jackson and Yasmin Dawood (eds), Constitutionalism and a Right to Effective Government (Cambridge Univeristy Press 2021) (forthcoming)
N. W. Barber, 'Entrenchment' in R Bellamy and J King (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of Constitutional Theory (Cambridge University Press 2021) (forthcoming)
N. W. Barber, 'The Significance of the Common Understanding in Legal Theory (reprint) ' in D. Kyritsis and S. Lakin (eds), The Methodology of Constitutional Theory (Hart 2021) (forthcoming)
N. W. Barber, 'The Point of the State and the Point of Public Law' in E. Fisher, J. King, and A. L. Young (eds), The Fundamentals and Future of Public Law (Oxford University Press 2019)
N. W. Barber, 'The Two Europes' in N. W. Barber, M. Cahill, and R. Ekins (eds), The Rise and Fall of the European Constitution (Hart Publishing 2019)
N. W. Barber, T. Hickman and J. King, 'Reflections on Miller' in D. Clarry (ed), Supreme Court Yearbook (Appellate Press 2018)
N. W. Barber, 'A Note on the Separation of Powers' in Mark Elliott and Robert Thomas (eds), Public Law (Oxford University Press 2017)
N. W. Barber, Richard Ekins and Paul Yowell, 'Introduction' in N. W. Barber, R. Ekins, and P. Yowell (eds), Lord Sumption and the Limits of the Law (2016)
N. W. Barber and K. Dobrzeniecki (translator), 'Suwerennosc Panstw a Relacje : Prawo Europejskie - Narodowe Konstytucje ' in D. Bunikowskiego and K. Dobrzenieckiego (eds), Pluralizm Pranwny: Tradycja, Transformacje, Wyzwania (Torun Press 2009)
N. W. Barber, 'A Right to Privacy' in K. Ziegler (ed), Human Rights, Private Law and Privacy (Hart Publishing 2006)
N. W. Barber, 'The Constitution, The State and the European Union' in (ed), Cambridge Yearbook of European Law (CUP 2006)
ISBN: 978-1841136622

Internet Publication (29)

N. W. Barber, 'Forward (Public Law)' (2021) The Oxford Undergraduate Law Journal

Journal Article (25)

N. W. Barber, 'Peoples, Principles, and Finality' (2021) American Journal of Jurisprudence (forthcoming)
N. W. Barber and Richard Ekins , 'Situating Subsidiarity ' (2016) 61 American Journal of Jurisprudence 5
N. W. Barber, 'The Afterlife of Parliamentary Sovereignty (In Russian Translation) ' (2016) Proceedings of Higher Education Institutions: Pravovedenie 156
N. W. Barber, 'Why Entrench? ' (2016) 14 International Journal of Constitutional Law 325
N. W. Barber and Alison Young, 'The Rise of Prospective Henry VIII Clauses and their Implications for Sovereignty' [2003] Public Law 113
ISBN: 0033-3565
N. W. Barber, 'Sovereignty Re-examined' (2000) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies
Please note this was not submitted for the last RAE
ISBN: 0143-6503

Edited Book (2)

Review (6)

N. W. Barber, 'The Constitution of China: A Contextual Analysis' (2013) 129 Law Quarterly Review 132 [Review]
N. W. Barber, 'Review of The New Separation of Powers' [2011] Public Law 428 [Review]
N. W. Barber, 'Review of The Paradox of Constitutionalism ' (2008) 124 Law Quarterly Review 160 [Review]
N. W. Barber, 'Review of The Sovereignty of Law' (2008) 68 Cambridge Law Journal 426 [Review]
N. W. Barber, 'European Constitutionalism Beyond the State' [2004] Public Law 195 [Review]
ISBN: 0033-3565
N. W. Barber, 'Recrafting the Rule of Law' (2000) 116 Law Quarterly Review 332 [Review]
Please note that this was not included in the last RAE
ISBN: 0023-933X

Report (1)

N. W. Barber, Forms of Public Participation in the United Kingdom's Legislative Processes (In Chinese Translation) (Chinese Academy of The Social Sciences 2009)

Case Note (7)

N. W. Barber and Helen Scott, 'State Liability Under Francovich for Decisions of National Courts' (2004) 121 Law Quarterly Review 403 [Case Note]
ISBN: 0023-933X
N. W. Barber, 'A Question of Taste' (2003) 118 Law Quarterly Review 230 [Case Note]
ISBN: 0023-933X
N. W. Barber, 'A Right to Privacy?' [2003] Public Law 602 [Case Note]
ISBN: 0033-3565
N. W. Barber, 'Parliamentary Immunity and Human Rights' (2003) 119 Law Quarterly Review 557 [Case Note]
ISBN: 0023-933X
N. W. Barber and Alison Young, 'Political Libels in New Zealand' (2001) 117 Law Quarterly Review 175 [Case Note]
ISBN: 0023-933X
N. W. Barber, 'The Doctrine of State Necessity and Revolutionary Legality in Fiji' (2001) 117 Law Quarterly Review 370 [Case Note]
ISBN: 0023-933X
N. W. Barber, 'The Doctrine of State Necessity in Pakistan' (2000) 116 Law Quarterly Review 332 [Case Note]
Please note that this was not included in the last RAE
ISBN: 0023-933X

Research projects