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Professor Robert Blackburn

Professor Robert Blackburn


Robert Blackburn PhD LLD is Professor of Constitutional Law, and a specialist in political and constitutional affairs. He was Head of Department and Director of the Institute of Contemporary British History between 2010 and 2014.He is a graduate of LSE and Leeds University and holds degrees in the disciplines of law, political science, and history. He is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts, and prior to entering academic life at King's, he practised with a City law firm in the areas of property, medical, and public law. He has acted as an adviser to government and other official bodies on many occasions both in the UK and abroad, and current serves as Special Adviser to the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee on its inquiry into codifying the UK constitution, 2010-15.He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the Study of Parliament Group, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Magna Carta Trust's 800th Anniversary Committee:

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Professor Blackburn's research interests cover most aspects of the political and constitutional system in the UK and its relationship with Europe and the world.  He has special interests in UK and comparative constitutional law, the working of Parliament and comparative legislatures, UK political reform, European human rights law, the monarchy and the Crown prerogatives, elections and the voting system, and English constitutional history.  

For a list of publications and research students, see the links on the left.


The Evolution of British Government since 1945 (MA)

The British Constitution in Crisis, 1910-2010 (MA)

Government and Law (LLB)

Advanced Constitutional Law (LLB)

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