Lewis Graham

Law Society Fellow in Law

Lewis completed his doctorate at the University of Cambridge and holds Law degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Bristol. 

He joined Wadham as a Fellow in January 2022 and teaches Jurisprudence, EU Law and Administrative Law for the college. His general research interests include judicial decision-making, the work of apex courts, public law and human rights (especially the Human Rights Act and European Convention on Human Rights). He is particularly interested in empirical legal work. 

He has recently published articles in Public Law, Human Rights Law Review and International and Comparative Law Quarterly. A co-authored volume on UK Counter-Terrorism Law, penned with Steven Greer and Lindsey Bell, is due to be published soon by Cambridge University Press. 

Selected publications


Judicial Individuality on the UK Supreme Court (forthcoming, Hart, 2024)


Strong Courts and Stare Decisis in Co-ordinate Courts (2023) King's Law Journal (forthcoming)

Liberty and its Exceptions (2023) 72(2) International and Comparative Law Quarterly 277

Taking Strasbourg Jurisprudence Into Account (2022) 2 European Human Rights Law Review 163

The Modern Mirror Principle [2021] Public Law 523

Extradition, Life Sentences and the European Convention (2020) 25(3) Judicial Review 228

Strategic Admissibility Decisions in the European Court of Human Rights (2020) 69(1) International and Comparative Law Quarterly 79

Statutory Secret Trials: the Judicial Approach to Closed Material procedures under the Justice and Security Act 2013 (2019) 38(2) Civil Justice Quarterly 189

Out with a whimper? The final word on the closed material procedure at the European Court of Human Rights (2019) 25(1) European Public Law 43

From Vinter to Hutchinson and Back Again: Life Imprisonment Cases in the European Court of Human Rights (2018) 3 European Human Rights Law Review 258

Book Chapters:

The UK Supreme Court: radical outcomes from gradualist premises (with Chris Hanretty) in Kalman, Constitutional Review in Western Europe (Routledge, 2023)

Law and Politics in UK Courts in Reid, Howard and Randazzo, Handbook of Law and Political Systems (Edward Elgar, 2023)

Europe (with Steven Greer) in Moeckli, Shah and Sivakumaran, International Human Rights Law (OUP, 4th edn, 2022)


Life Sentences and Article 3 in the Extradition Context: Sanchez-Sanchez v United Kingdom (2023) 1 European Human Rights Law Review 40

Jeanty v Belgium: saving lives provides (another) exception to Article 3 ECHR (2021) 21(1) Human Rights Law Review 221

Comment: Unuane v United Kingdom (2021) 35(2) Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law 184

Comment: R v Abdurahman (Ismail) (2020) Criminal Law Review 453

FJM v United Kingdom: the Taming of Article 8? (with Jennifer Boddy) (2019) 2 Conveyancer 166

Comment: Beuze v Belgium (2019) 3 Criminal Law Review 230

Recent Blogs:

Challenging State Responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic Before the ECtHR, Strasbourg Observers, 18 October 2022

YP v Russia: Sterilisation without consent, Article 3 and reproductive rights at the ECtHR (with Zoe Tongue), Strasbourg Observers, 30 September 2022

Empirical Work in Judicial Review, UK Constitutional Law Association Blog, 5 April 2022

Interim Relief under the ECHR - Getting the Facts Right, Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, 2 July 2022

The Reed Court by Numbers: How Shallow is the Shallow End?, UK Constitutional Law Association Blog, 5 April 2022

Going Beyond, and Going Against, the Strasbourg Court, UK Constitutional Law Association Blog, 11 January 2022

Suspended and Prospective Quashing Orders: The Current Picture, UK Constitutional Law Association Blog, 7 June 2021

Changes to court procedures that limit appeal rights should be resisted,Legal Action Group, March 2021

Does judicial review of delegated legislation under the Human Rights Act unduly interfere with executive law-making? (with Joe Tomlinson and Alexandra Sinclair), UK Constitutional Law Association Blog, 22 February 2021

How do you solve a problem like judicial review reform?(with Joe Tomlinson) The Constitution Unit Blog, 29 January 2021