I am an academic lawyer with a particular interest in human rights law. This spans both international human rights law and comparative constitutional law. My scholarship is primarily concerned with the role, operation and impacts of rights in complex policy areas. In the earlier part of my career this largely focused on the respective roles of courts and political institutions in trying to limit and oversee counter-terrorism. I still return to the theme of the division of constitutional labour at times, but within a broader set of concerns about the processes of constitutionalism, rights protection, and policy formation in complex policy areas such as counter-terrorism, abortion law reform, and the relationship between supranational and national human rights regimes (esp. the ECtHR).
I have undertaken a substantial amount of funded work in the field of counter-terrorism, including a project funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme on judicial review in counter-terrorist contexts and a project sponsored by the European Commission on the concepts and measurement of impact, legitimacy and effectiveness in EU counter-terrorism). In recent years I have undertaken funded work on China’s national security in Hong Kong (funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme small grants and done with Cora Chan of HKU) and the structures and operation of counter-terrorism review in the UK (funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and undertaken with Jessie Blackbourn of Oxford and Lydia Morgan in Birmingham). Both of these projects ran 2017-2019, and the books that emerged from them were published at the end of 2019. These are China’s National Security: Endangering Hong Kong’s Rule of Law? (with Cora Chan, Hart Publishing) and Accountability and Review in the Counter-Terrorist State (with Jessie Blackbourn and Lydia Morgan, Bristol University Press).
In 2017 I was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in law, which I will use from 2018-2021 primarily to support my research into the role of rights in abortion law reform processes and secondarily to support by growing work on transnational counter-terrorism.
I am based in the University of Birmingham where I hold the Chair in Global Legal Studies. From October 2019-2022 I am also an Honorary Professor at the College of Law of the Australian National University. I have undertaken human rights law and policy consultancy work for governments, independent statutory bodies, and international organisations, and political consultancy work on human rights and constitutional matters in Ireland. Having been born, raised, and educated in Ireland, these latter activities keep me closely involved with my home country and I regularly write, teach, speak and examine in Ireland.
Prior to joining UoB in August 2015, I was professor of law in Durham Law School where I co-directed the Durham Human Rights Centre from 2012-14. As well as this, I am associated with a number of other institutions around the world: I previously held visiting professorial positions in University College Dublin and the University of New South Wales, I am an associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub at the University of Oxford and a research associate of the Munk School of Global Affairs in the University of Toronto. I am a member of the advisory boards of the Centre for European Constitutionalization and Security in the University of Copenhagen, University College Cork Faculty of Law, and the Center for Global Public Law, Koç University, Turkey. In addition, I am a global affiliate of the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative at Emory University in Atlanta.
I regularly commentate in the newspapers and on radio and television on rights-related matters. I co-edit the Irish Yearbook of International Law and edited Legal Studies from 2011-2016. In addition to these editorial roles, I am a member of the international advisory committee of Irish Studies in International Affairs (2014-) and the International Journal of Law in Context (2019-), of the editorial board of the University of Wales Press series on International Law (2015-), of the Editorial Advisory Board of the The Hague Justice Journal (2016-), of the Advisory Board, IALS Open Book Service for Law, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (2017-), and of the editorial and advisory boards for two book series to be launched in 2019 by Bristol University Press.
I am on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars, and a member of both the peer review and strategic colleges of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
My Work Online
You can access my University of Birmingham profile here, and some of my work on my academia.edu profile and my SSRN page (as well as through the publications page on this website). My Google scholar profile is here. Furthermore, I engage in debates on rights-related matters and public law through twitter @fdelond, where I also tweet about politics, food, tennis, and art.
I can be contacted by email (f.delondras @ bham.ac.uk) or telephone at +44 (0)121 414 6318.