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Dr. Alex Williams

Dr Alex Williams is a practising barrister specialising in public law and human rights, with a particular focus on licensing, planning and social housing matters. He has been involved in litigation at all judicial levels.

Formerly Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights Centre at Durham University, Alex is a distinguished academic writer with internationally recognised expertise in public law and human rights, particularly on the intersection between public and private law, the meaning of 'public authority' and 'public functions', and the scope of ECHR and judicial review obligations. He has advised on these matters both as an academic and a barrister. He has also acted as a consultant to the Law Commission on its misconduct in public office project.

Alex has published in top-tier academic and practitioner journals such as the Law Quarterly Review, Modern Law Review, Public Law and Judicial Review, and lectured to expert audiences across the world. He is also co-author of Text, Cases and Materials on Public Law and Human Rights (4th edn, Routledge, 2016), which is core reading on many English undergraduate law courses.

Alex studied at Cambridge and Durham universities, receiving a number of awards for academic and mooting achievement during his time as a student. In addition to his tenured academic post at Durham University, he has also held visiting fellowships at Cambridge University, University College London and UNSW, Sydney.
Contributed to


An introduction to the Human Rights Act 1998
An introduction to the Human Rights Act 1998
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides an introduction to the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998), which stems from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It sets out the human rights which HRA 1998 protects and explains how English law must be interpreted as a result of the introduction of HRA 1998. It explains how courts can declare English legislation incompatible with the principles of the ECHR and the judicial remedies which the courts have available to them.

Practice Area


  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2017


  • Planning and Environment Bar Association
  • Social Housing Law Association
  • Administrative Law Bar Association


  • MA (Cantab), MJur, PhD

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