Dr Alan Greene

Birmingham Law School
Senior Lecturer

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University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Alan Greene is a Senior Lecturer in Law, specialising in constitutional law and human rights. His research focuses on the limits of constitutionalism, judicial review and the role of courts in vindicating the rule of law. He explores these themes in the context of emergency powers, counter-terrorism, constituent power, and the judicial protection of human rights more generally.

Qualifications

  • PhD, UCD School of Law (2014)
  • LLM, UCD School of Law (2009)
  • BCL, UCD School of Law (2008)

Biography

Alan joined Birmingham Law School in September 2018 as a Senior Lecturer in public law and human rights. Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor at Durham Law School (2013-2018) and has also taught at University College Dublin School of Law during his period as a PhD Candidate there. Alan's PhD research was supported by a UCD School of Law Doctoral Scholarship, an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Award, and an Irish Research Council New Ideas Award.

Teaching

  • Public Law
  • Counter-Terrorism Law
  • International and European Legal Responses to Terrorism

Postgraduate supervision

  • Constituent power
  • States of emergency
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Human rights

Find out more - our PhD Law  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.

Research

Alan's research focuses on the limits of constitutionalism, judicial review, and the role of courts in vindicating the rule of law. He explores these themes in the context of emergency powers, counter-terrorism, constituent power, and the judicial protection of human rights more generally. His first book Permanent States of Emergency and the Rule of Law: Constitutions in an Age of Crisis (Hart Publishing, 2018) was shortlisted for the 2018 Society of Legal Scholars Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.  He has published widely in journals such as Legal Studies, The International and Comparative Law Quarterly, The Modern Law Review, Public Law, and The Irish Jurist.

Alan has held visiting positions at Durham Law School (2013) and Columbia Law School (2012). He is very interested in hearing from potential PhD candidates in the area of constituent power, states of emergency, counter-terrorism, and the judicial protection of human rights. 

Publications

Monograph

Permanent States of Emergency and the Rule of Law: Constitutions in an Age of Crisis (Oxford, Hart Publishing 2018).

            Nominated for the Society of Legal Scholars Birks Prize.

Edited Collections

K Dzehtsiarou and A Greene (eds), ‘Special Issue: Legitimacy and the Future of the European Court of Human Rights’ (2011) 12(10) German Law Journal 1707-1877.

Peer Reviewed Journals

A Greene, ‘Defining Terrorism: One Size Fits All?’ (2017) 66(2) International and Comparative Law Quarterly 411-440.

A Greene, ‘Through the Looking Glass? Irish and UK Approaches to Strasbourg Jurisprudence’ (2016) 55(1) Irish Jurist 112-133.

A Greene, ‘Questioning Executive Supremacy in an Economic State of Emergency’ (2015) 35(4) Legal Studies 594-620.

A Greene, ‘The Quest for a Satisfactory Definition of Terrorism: R v Gul’ (2014) 77(5) Modern Law Review 780-793.

K Dzehtsiarou & A Greene, ‘Restructuring the European Court of Human Rights: Preserving the Right of Individual Petition and Promoting Constitutionalism’ [2013] Public Law 711-719

A Greene, ‘The Historical Evolution of Article 28.3.3° of the Irish Constitution’ (2012) 47(1) Irish Jurist 117-142.

A Greene ‘Separating Normalcy from Emergency: The Jurisprudence of Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights’ (2011) 12(10) German Law Journal 1764-1785.

K Dzehtsiarou & A Greene, ‘Legitimacy and the Future of the European Court of Human Rights: Critical Perspectives from Academia and Practitioners’ (2011) 12(10) German Law Journal 1707-1715. 

A Greene, ‘Shielding the State of Emergency: Organised Crime in Ireland and the State’s Response’ (2011) 62(3) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 249-267.

Book Chapters

A Greene, ‘The Future of Human Rights in a Culture of Control’ in Claire-Michelle Smyth (ed), The Future of Human Rights in the UK (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017) 4-26.

A Greene, ‘Declaring a State of Emergency under Article 28.3.3° of the Irish Constitution: A Purely Political Question?’ in Eoin Carolan (ed), The Constitution of Ireland: Perspectives and Prospects (Bloomsbury, 2012).

Peer Reviewed Journals (French)

A Greene, ‘Pouvoirs Anti-Terroristes Permanents Au Royaume-Uni: Quelles Leçons Pour La France?’ [‘Counter-Terrorist Powers in the United Kingdom: Lessons for France’] (2016) 38(1) Archives de politique criminelle 169-187.

Other publications

A Greene ‘States of Emergency’ in Max Planck Encyclopaedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (Forthcoming, 2018) (4,000 words).

A Greene ‘Natural Law and the Basic Norm of the Irish Constitution’ (2012) 30(19) Irish Law Times 298-300.

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