Contact

Address

St John's College

Oxford, OX1 3JP

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Phone

01865 610872

Biography

Richard Ekins is Professor of Law and Constitutional Government in the University of Oxford.  He works on questions in constitutional law and practice and in legal and political philosophy, with a particular focus on lawmaking, interpretation and self-government.  He has been a fellow of St John's College, Oxford since 2012.

He is co-author of Legislated Rights: Securing Human Rights through Legislation (CUP, 2018) and author of The Nature of Legislative Intent (OUP, 2012).  He received his BA, LLB (Hons) and BA (Hons) degrees from The University of Auckland, before going on to read for the BCL, MPhil and DPhil at Oxford. He has worked as a Judge's Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand at Auckland, and a Lecturer at Balliol College, and was a Senior Lecturer in Law at The University of Auckland for several years before moving (back) to Oxford. 

He leads Policy Exchange's Judicial Power Project and, with Nick Barber, the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government.

He discusses his research, and other matters, in this interview.

 

Publications

Recent additions

  • R Ekins, 'Objects of Interpretation' (2017) 32 Constitutional Commentary 1
  • R Ekins, 'Constitutional practice and principle in the Article 50 litigation' (2017) 133 Law Quarterly Review 347 [Case Note]
  • R Ekins and G Verdirame, 'Judicial Power and Military Action' (2016) 132 Law Quarterly Review 206 [Case Note]

Case Note (6)

R Ekins, 'Constitutional practice and principle in the Article 50 litigation' (2017) 133 Law Quarterly Review 347 [Case Note]
R Ekins, 'Abortion, Conscience and Interpretation ' (2016) 132 Law Quarterly Review 6 [Case Note]
R Ekins and G Verdirame, 'Judicial Power and Military Action' (2016) 132 Law Quarterly Review 206 [Case Note]
R Ekins, 'Amnesty and Abuse of Process ' (2015) 131 Law Quarterly Review 196 [Case Note]
R Ekins, 'Adoption, Intestacy and Interpretation' (2014) New Zealand Law Journal 329 [Case Note]
R Ekins, 'Updating the Meaning of Violence' (2013) 129 Law Quarterly Review 17 [Case Note]

Journal Article (32)

R Ekins, 'Objects of Interpretation' (2017) 32 Constitutional Commentary 1
R Ekins, 'Sentences, Statements, Statutes' (2016) Analisi & Diritto 321
R Ekins and N Barber, 'Situating Subsidiarity ' (2016) 61 American Journal of Jurisprudence 5
R Ekins, 'The Bounds of Compassion and the Dissolution of Nations' (2016) 2 Politics & Poetics 5
R Ekins, 'Human Rights and the Separation of Powers ' (2015) 33 University of Queensland Law Journal 217
R Ekins, 'Facts, Reasons and Joint Action: Thoughts on the Social Ontology of Law' (2014) 45 Rechtstheorie 313
R Ekins, 'Interpretive Choice in Statutory Interpretation' (2014) 59 American Journal of Jurisprudence 1
R Ekins and J Goldsworthy, 'The Reality and Indispensability of Legislative Intentions' (2014) 36 Sydney Law Review 39
R Ekins, 'How to be a Free People' (2013) 58 American Journal of Jurisprudence 163
R Ekins, 'Equal Protection and Social Meaning' (2012) 57 American Journal of Jurisprudence 21
ISBN: 0065-8995
R Ekins, 'Legislative Intent in Law’s Empire' (2011) 24 Ratio Juris 435
ISBN: 0952-1917
R Ekins and C Huang, 'Reckless Lawmaking and Regulatory Responsibility' (2011) New Zealand Law Review 407
R Ekins and Mr Justice Sales, 'Rights-Consistent Interpretation and the Human Rights Act 1998' (2011) 127 Law Quarterly Review 217
ISBN: 0023-933X
R Ekins, 'Reckless Lawmaking' (2010) New Zealand Law Journal 127
R Ekins, 'Regulatory Responsibility?' (2010) New Zealand Law Journal 25
R Ekins and W Brookbanks, 'The Case Against the 'Three Strikes' Sentencing Regime' (2010) New Zealand Law Review 689
R Ekins, 'The Intention of Parliament' [2010] Public Law 709
R Ekins, 'The Regulatory Responsibility Bill and the Constitution' (2010) 6 Policy Quarterly 9
R Ekins, ''Light Smacking' and Discretion' (2009) New Zealand Law Journal 427
R Ekins, 'Acts of Parliament and the Parliament Acts' (2007) 123 Law Quarterly Review 91
ISBN: 0023-933X
R Ekins, 'Acts of Parliament and the Parliament Acts' (2007) 123 Law Quarterly Review 91
R Ekins, 'The Relevance of the Rule of Recognition' (2006) 31 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 95
R Ekins, 'Secular Fundamentalism and Democracy' (2005) 8 Markets & Morality 81
R Ekins, 'The Authority of Parliament — A Reply to Professor Joseph' (2005) 16 King?s College Law Journal 51
R Ekins, 'A Critique of Radical Approaches to Rights-Consistent Statutory Interpretation' (2003) European Human Rights Law Review 641
R Ekins, 'Judicial Supremacy and the Rule of Law' (2003) 119 Law Quarterly Review 127
R Ekins and J Ip, 'Legislative Confirmation and the Supreme Court' (2003) New Zealand Law Journal 151
R Ekins and J Ip, 'Opening Pandora's Box?' (2002) 124 New Zealand Law Journal 117
R Ekins and Justice Judith Potter, 'The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990: A Judicial Perspective' (2002) 12 Journal of Judicial Administration 85
R Ekins, 'Defence Counsel Incompetence and Post-Conviction Relief: An Analysis of How Adversarial Systems of Justice Assess Claims of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel' (2001) 9 Auckland University Law Review 529
R Ekins, J Ip and A Killeen, 'Undermining the Grundnorm?' (2001) 308 New Zealand Law Journal 299

Chapter (6)

R Ekins, N Barber and P Yowell, 'Introduction' in N Barber, R Ekins, and P Yowell (eds), Lord Sumption and the Limits of the Law (Hart Publishing 2016)
R Ekins, 'Legislating Proportionately' in G Huscroft, B Miller and G Webber (eds), Proportionality and the Rule of Law: Rights, Justification, Reasoning (2014)
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107565272.020
ISBN: 9781107064072
R Ekins, 'Constitutional Principle in the Laws of the Commonwealth' in R. George and J. Keown (eds), Reason, Morality and Law: The Jurisprudence of John Finnis (Oxford: OUP 2013)
ISBN: 978-0199675500
R Ekins, 'Introduction' in R. Ekins (ed), Modern Challenges to the Rule of Law (Wellington: LexisNexis 2011)
R Ekins, 'Rights, Interpretation and the Rule of Law' in R. Ekins (ed), Modern Challenges to the Rule of Law, (Wellington: LexisNexis 2011)
R Ekins, 'The Value of Representative Democracy' in C. Charters and D. Knight (eds), We the People(s): Participation in Governance (Wellington: Victoria University Press 2011)

Edited Book (2)

R Ekins, N Barber and P Yowell (eds), Lord Sumption and the Limits of the Law (Hart Publishing 2016)
R Ekins (ed), Modern Challenges to the Rule of Law (Wellington: LexisNexis 2011)

Report (2)

Review (3)

R Ekins, 'Review of N. Barber, "The Constitutional State", (Oxford: OUP, 2010)' (2012) 128 The Law Quarterly Review 308 [Review]
R Ekins, 'Review of E. W. Thomas, "The Judicial Process: Realism, Pragmatism, Practical Reasoning and Principles", (Cambridge: CUP, 2005)' [2006] Public Law 870 [Review]
R Ekins, 'Review of M. Loughlin, "The Idea of Public Law", (Oxford: OUP, 2003)' [2005] Public Law 636 [Review]

Book (1)

R Ekins, The Nature of Legislative Intent (Oxford: OUP 2012)
ISBN: 978-0199646999

Other (4)

R Ekins and C Huang, 'In Search of Better Lawmaking: Why the Regulatory Responsibility Bill won't deliver what it promises' (2011) Guest Paper, February 2011, Maxim Institute
R Ekins and W Brookbanks, 'Criminal Injustice and the Proposed "Three Strikes" Law' (2010) Guest Paper, April 2010, Maxim Institute
R Ekins, 'A Government for the People: The value of representative democracy' (2009) Guest Paper, October 2009, Maxim Institute
R Ekins, S Hinek and J Ip, ''Appeal and Review', Chapter 13 in, Legislation Advisory Committee Guidelines: guidelines on process and content of legislation' (2003) Wellington

Research projects