- Fergal Davis
BCL, MA (Criminal Justice), PhD
Fergal Davis is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Parliaments Project in the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. As of August 2015 he is also a Reader in Public Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London.
From 2011 to 2014 Fergal was a member of the Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship: Anti-Terror Laws and the Democratic Challenge Project in the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Before moving to UNSW he spent over 10 years as a lecturer in the UK.
Fergal's research is concerned with the maintenance and protection of civil liberties in times of emergency. In particular his research focuses on the interaction between law and politics. More broadly, he is interested in legal history, jurisprudence, constitutionalism and the rule of law. His first book, The history & development of the Special Criminal Court, was the first comprehensive review of the Republic of Ireland's Special Criminal Court since Prof Mary Robinson published The Special Criminal Court in 1974.
His article 'The Jury as a Political Institution in an Age of Counterterrorism', was awarded the POLITICS Article Prize for 2013. The prize is awarded annually for the best article published in POLITICS in the preceding year. In awarding the prize the judges noted that:
this article makes a significant contribution to contemporary debates on the relation between juries and civil society, challenging traditional perspectives on citizenship and civic duty. It presents a persuasive and well-articulated account of the political nature of jury trials and their relevance to terrorism cases. Davis argues in favour of retaining trial by jury in terrorism cases, by demonstrating the positive impact of juries on a democratic society. As such the article is an excellent example of the engaged, original scholarship Politics seeks to promote.
Fergal is a regular media commentator in print, online, on TV and radio. He has a regular column in the Irish Echo and contributes frequently to a variety of other media outlets in Australia, Ireland, Israel and the UK.
He tweets about law and politics.
Areas of expertise
Trial by jury - with a particular emphasis on jury trial in states of emergency or exception. Constitutional law and public law. Charters of rights and human rights law - with an emphasis on judicial review skepticism. Comparative public law. Counter-terrorism law. Constitutionalism and the state of exception and states of emergency.
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law
Global Irish Studies Centre (GISC)
Genna Churches (PhD: 'Metadata Retention & Public Law Principles')
Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy (PhD: 'The Treason Felony Act')
2013, British Academy/Leverhulme Research Grant for 'Critical Debates on Counter-Terrorist Judicial Review' (with Professor Fiona de Londras of Durham Law School). http://www.gtcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/gtcentre.unsw.edu.au/files/f_davis...
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21 October 2015
26 June 2015
24 February 2015
24 October 2014
24 September 2014
7 July 2014
31 March 2014