Brian Christopher Jones joined the School of Law 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, constitutional theory, socio-legal studies, 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 II
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, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 339-359. DOI:
'Constitutional paternalism: the rise and (problematic) use of constitutional ‘guardian’ rhetoric' New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, vol. 51.
'The rule of law in UK public law textbooks: from critique to acceptance?' Public Law.
'Dissonant Constitutionalism and Lady Hale' King's Law Journal .
'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:
'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. DOI:
'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: