Richard Ekins

Professor of Law and Constitutional Government


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.