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Fergal Davis

Dr Fergal Davis

Reader of Public Law

Research interests

  • Law


Dr Fergal Davis is a Reader in Public Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the School of Law, UNSW Australia. 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 at UNSW. Fergal's research is particularly concerned with the maintenance and protection of civil liberties in times of emergency.

Dr Davis's 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.' 

Dr Davis is a regular media commentator in print, online, on TV and radio. He tweets about law and politics.

Research interests

Dr Davis's research interests are in the following areas: 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.



  • Public Law 

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