Brian Christopher Jones joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in June of 2017. Previously he was a Lecturer in Public Law at Liverpool Hope University (2015-2017), and before that, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica (IIAS), Taiwan's highest academic research institution (2012-2015). Whilst undertaking his doctorate at the University of Stirling, Brian taught classes in Law & Psychology, and supervised a number of undergraduate dissertations. Before his doctorate, Brian worked at the US Dept. of Justice (National Institute of Justice) and also the Justice Policy Institute.
Brian is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) and the International Society of Public Law. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). In addition to publishing in British, American and Asian law journals (including Public Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Stanford Law and Policy Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Hong Kong Law Journal, etc.) Brian's work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall St. Journal, and The Economist, amongst other places.
Brian holds a PhD in Law from the University of Stirling; an MA in Law & Society from George Mason University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. A catalogue of his writings can be found here: BePress: https://works.bepress.com/brian_jones/; SSRN: https://ssrn.com/author=1860230 .
Brian's research interests are in comparative public law (especially British, American and Taiwanese public law), socio-legal studies, constitutional theory, civil disobedience, and law and technology. Currently he is analysing the effects of political and legal constitutionalism, the implications of constitutional idolatry and judicial supremacy, and the interaction between social media and the law. Brian recently published an edited collection with Routledge, entitled: Law and Politics of the Taiwan Sunflower and Hong Kong Umbrella Movements.
Public Law III
English Law of Obligations
'Constitutions and Bills of Rights: Invigorating or Placating Democracy?' Legal Studies: the Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars.
'Justices as “Sacred Symbols”: Antonin Scalia and the Cultural Life of the Law' British Journal of American Legal Studies, vol 6, no. 1, pp. 7-23. DOI:
Law and Politics of the Taiwan Sunflower and Hong Kong Umbrella Movements. Rule of Law in China and Comparative Perspectives, Routledge, United Kingdom.
'Disparaging the Supreme Court, Part II: Questioning Institutional Legitimacy' Wisconsin Law Review, vol 2016, no. 2, pp. 239-261.
'The Online/Offline Cognitive Divide' SCRIPTed, vol 13, no. 1, pp. 83-94. DOI:
'Preliminary Warnings on 'Constitutional' Idolatry' Public Law, vol 2016, no. 1, pp. 74-92.
'Disparaging the Supreme Court: Is SCOTUS in Serious Trouble?' Wisconsin Law Review, pp. 53-63.
'The Case Against the Supreme Court by Erwin Chemerinsky (New York: Viking Books, 2014, 344 pp., £20.00)' Journal of Law and Society, vol 42, no. 3, pp. 464-469. DOI:
'Assessing the Constitutionality of Legislation: Constitutional Review in Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan' Asia Pacific Law Review, vol 23, no. 2, pp. 37-62.
'Confrontational Contestation and Democratic Compromise: The Sunflower Movement and Its Aftermath' Hong Kong Law Journal, vol 45, no. 1, pp. 193-210.
'Interpreting Acronyms & Epithets: Examining the jurisprudential significance (or lack thereof)' Stanford Law and Policy Review, vol 25, no. 1.
'SCOTUS Now Bickering Over Short Titles: Time for a Congressional Bill Naming Authority' Yale Law and Policy Review, vol 32, no. 1, pp. 25.
'Don’t Be Silly: Lawmakers “Rarely” Read Legislation and Oftentimes Don’t Understand It…But That’s Okay' Penn State Law Review: Penn Statim, pp. 7-21.
'Processes, Standards and Politics: Drafting Short Titles in the Westminster Parliament, Scottish Parliament and US Congress' Florida Journal of International Law, vol 25, no. 1, pp. 61-116.
'The Congressional Short Title (R)Evolution: Changing the Face of America’s Public Laws' Kentucky Law Journal, vol 101, pp. 42-64.
'Manipulating Public Law Favorability: Is It Really This Easy?' British Journal of American Legal Studies, vol 2, no. 2, pp. 511-531.
'One Redeeming Quality About the 112th Congress: A Focus Back on Descriptive Rather Than Evocative Short Titles' Michigan Law Review First Impressions, vol 112, pp. 1-15.
'Plain Language Prospects in American Public Law: Insiders Weigh In' Modern American, vol 9, no. 2, pp. 15-28.
'Thought Experiment: Would Congressional Short Bill Titles Survive FTC Scrutiny?' Seton Hall Legislative Journal, vol 37, no. 1, pp. 57-82.
'Drafting Proper Short Titles: Do States Have the Answer?' Stanford Law and Policy Review, vol 23, no. 2, pp. 455-476.
'Do Short Titles Matter? Surprising Insights from Westminster and Holyrood' Parliamentary Affairs, vol 65, no. 2, pp. 448-462. DOI:
'Transatlantic Perspectives On Humanised Public Law Campaigns: Personalising And Depersonalising The Legislative Process' Legisprudence, vol 6, no. 1, pp. 57-76. DOI: