Brian Christopher Jones

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Bio

Biography

Brian Christopher Jones joined Dundee Law School in June of 2017. Currently he is the Erasmus/international study abroad co-ordinator for Law, an undergraduate admissions officer, and co-convenor of the Dundee Law School Research Seminar Series. Brian teaches on the full range of public law modules, and is course leader on Public Law I and Public Law III. Prior to joining Dundee Brian 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). Before undertaking his doctorate at the University of Stirling, Brian worked at the US Dept. of Justice (National Institute of Justice) and also the Justice Policy Institute (Wash, D.C.). 

Brian is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) and is currently the co-convenor of the Public Law Subject Section. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a member of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S). In addition to publishing in British, American and Asian law journals (including Public Law, Legal StudiesParliamentary Affairs, Wisconsin Law ReviewHong 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 

Research

Brian's research interests are in comparative public law, constitutional theory, socio-legal studies, civil disobedience, and law and culture. 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

Teaching

Public Law I

Public Law II 

Public Law III

English Law of Obligations 

Publications

Our Forgotten Constitutional Guardians : Preserving Respect for the Law
3/2019, Statute Law Review
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Dissonant Constitutionalism and Lady Hale
4/2018, King's Law Journal
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Constitutions and Bills of Rights : Invigorating or Placating Democracy?
9/2017, Legal Studies: the Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Constitutional paternalism: the rise and (problematic) use of constitutional ‘guardian’ rhetoric
7/2018, New York University Journal of International Law and Politics
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

The rule of law in UK public law textbooks : from critique to acceptance?
4/2018, Public Law
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Justices as “Sacred Symbols” : Antonin Scalia and the Cultural Life of the Law
5/2017, British Journal of American Legal Studies
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Introduction : The Taiwan sunflower movement and the Hong Kong umbrella movement
3/2017
Research Output: Contribution To Book Anthology > Foreword/postscript

Law and Politics of the Taiwan Sunflower and Hong Kong Umbrella Movements
3/2017
Research Output: Book Anthology > Book

Disparaging the Supreme Court, Part II : Questioning Institutional Legitimacy
6/2016, Wisconsin Law Review
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Comment/debate

The Online/Offline Cognitive Divide
5/2016, SCRIPTed
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

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Press

Constitutional longevity​ does not equal democratic success​

Brian Christopher Jones

25/12/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research



Is this the end of Hong Kong’s fight for democracy?

Brian Christopher Jones

22/08/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research



Taiwan: a derogation of international law?

Brian Christopher Jones

12/08/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research



Should Hong Kong’s Basic Law be scrapped and a new constitution negotiated?

Brian Christopher Jones

12/05/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research



Laws Deserve More Than Those Cute Names

Brian Christopher Jones

30/12/13

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research



Congress Finds, in Passing Bills, That Names Can Never Hurt You

Brian Christopher Jones

12/01/11

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research



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