Perry Adam


Tutorial Fellow and Dean, Brasenose College;
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law


BA (Winnipeg), LLB (Victoria), BCL, MPhil, DPhil (Oxford)

Academic Background and Previous Positions

Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute (2011-12)
Lecturer in Law, University of Aberdeen (2012-14)
Lecturer in Law, Queen Mary University of London (2014-15)

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence

Graduate Teaching Areas

Constitutional Theory

Research Interests

Administrative Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence


‘Plainly Wrong’, Modern Law Review (forthcoming) (SSRN)

‘Interpretive Theory in Public Law’ in P. Daly and J. Tomlinson (eds), Researching Public Law in Common Law Systems (Edward Elgar) (with F. Ahmed) (forthcoming)

‘Consistency in Administrative Law’ in H. Kristjansson, S. Lewis, and T. Endicott (eds), Philosophical Foundations of Precedent (OUP) (forthcoming) (SSRN)

‘Pardons’, Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, 2021, vol 8, pp. 215-244 (SSRN | published)

‘Law’s Boundaries’, Legal Theory, 2020, vol 26, pp. 103-123 (SSRN | published)

Enforcing Constitutional Conventions’, International Journal of Constitutional Law, 2019, vol. 17, pp. 1146-1165 (with F. Ahmed and R. Albert) (SSRN | published )

‘Judging Constitutional Conventions’, International Journal of Constitutional, 2019, vol. 17, pp. 787-806 (with F. Ahmed and R. Albert) (SSRN | published)

‘Strained Interpretations’, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 2019, vol. 39, pp. 316-343 (SSRN | published)

‘Mercy’, Philosophy & Public Affairs, 2018, vol. 46, pp. 60-89 (SSRN | published)

‘Top-Down Constitutional Conventions’, Modern Law Review, 2018, vol. 81, pp. 765-789 (with A. Tucker) (SSRN | published)

‘Standing and Civic Virtue’, Law Quarterly Review, 2018, vol. 134, pp. 239-256 (with F. Ahmed) (SSRN)

‘Mercy and Caprice Under the Indian Constitution’, Indian Law Review, 2017, vol. 1, pp. 1-13 (SSRN | published)

‘The Flexibility Rule in Administrative Law’, Cambridge Law Journal, 2017, vol. 76, pp. 375-398 (SSRN | published)

‘Constitutional Statutes’, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 2017, vol. 37, pp. 461-481 (with F. Ahmed) (SSRN | published)

‘Mercy and the Roles of Judges’ in J. Jacobs and J. Jackson (eds), Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics (Routledge 2016) 255-266

‘The Crown’s Administrative Powers’, Law Quarterly Review, 2015, vol. 131, pp. 652-672 (SSRN)

‘The Internal Aspect of Social Rules’, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 2015, vol. 35, pp. 283-300 (SSRN | published)

‘The Quasi-Entrenchment of Constitutional Statutes’, Cambridge Law Journal, 2014, vol. 73, pp. 514-535 (with F. Ahmed) (SSRN | published)

‘The Coherence of the Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations’, Cambridge Law Journal, 2014, vol. 73, pp. 61-85 (with F. Ahmed) (SSRN | published)

‘Constitutional Conventions and the Prince of Wales’, Modern Law Review, 2013, vol. 76(6), pp. 1119-1128 (draft | published)

‘Expertise, Deference, and Giving Reasons’, Public Law, 2012, vol. 2, pp. 221-230 (with F. Ahmed) (SSRN)

‘Review: Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis’, University of British Columbia Law Review, 2010, vol. 43, pp. 269-279

‘Unlucky Section 13: Sexual Activity Between Children and the Sexual Offences Act 2003’, King’s Law Journal, 2009, vol. 21, pp. 327-339

Other Regular visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne. Co-editor of the Admin Law Blog.

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