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Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Birmingham

Alan Greene is a Senior Lecturer in Law, specialising in constitutional law and human rights at Birmingham Law School. 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.

Alan joined Birmingham Law School in September 2018 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 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.

He is also the author of Emergency Powers in a Time of Pandemic (Bristol University Press, 2020) which explores how democracies can respond to pandemics while still protecting human rights and the rule of law.


  • 2018–present
    Senior Lecturer, Birmingham Law School
  • 2013–2018
    Assistant/Associate Professor, Durham Law School


  • 2014 
    University College Dublin., PhD
  • 2009 
    University College Dublin, LL.M
  • 2008 
    University College Dublin, BCL