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Elizabeth O'Loughlin

Lecturer in Law

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Elizabeth is a Lecturer in Law; she joined City Law School in September 2018. She teaches on LLB elective courses in Immigration Law, International Human Rights Law, and Family Law; and Equity and Trusts on the GDL. Previously, she taught Constitutional and Administrative Law, Equity and Trusts and Researching Law at the University of Leeds.

Elizabeth is a comparative public lawyer. Her research explores the sociological dimensions of public law: it’s design and function, and the way in which this impacts individuals and shapes the society in which it operates. Her recent research has focussed upon the function of international law in constitutional reform in Kenya, empirical methods in English administrative law, and the function of judicial review of the UK ombudsector.

Prior to joining City Law School, Elizabeth was a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, where she has worked on a European Research Council-funded study entitled ‘A Sociology of the Transnational Constitution’. From July-August 2018 she was a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow in Comparative Constitutional Law at Melbourne Law School, a position awarded to outstanding female doctoral and early career researchers, and funded by the Australian Research Council. She was previously a researcher at the University of Sheffield working on a Nuffield Foundation research project (‘Exploring the Procedural Fairness of the Ombudsman’) with Dr Richard Kirkham, and has also worked at the Kenya Section of the International Commission of Jurists.

Elizabeth holds her doctorate from the University of Manchester, and LLM (by research) from the European University Institute and an LLB from the University of Leeds. During her time at Manchester, she was founding Director of the Manchester International Law Centre’s Women in International Law Network.


  1. PhD, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, 2014 – 2018
  2. LLM, European University Institute, Italy, 2012 – 2013
  3. LLB, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 2009 – 2012


  1. Lecturer in Law, City, University of London, Sep 2018 – present
  2. Researcher, University of Sheffield, 2017
  3. Teaching Assistant, University of Leeds, Sep 2016 – Jun 2018

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. UK Constitutional Law Association
  2. Women in International Law Network
  3. European Society of International Law
  4. UKAJI's Early Career Researchers Network


Chapters (2)

  1. O'Loughlin, E.A. and Kirkham, R. (2019). A Content Analysis of Judicial Decision-Making. In Creutzfeldt, N., Mason, M. and McConnachie, K. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on Socio-Legal Theory and Method
  2. O'Loughlin, E.A. (2018). Decolonising Jurisprudence: Public Interest Standing in New Constitutional Orders. In Elliot, M., Varuhas, J. and Wilson Stark, S. (Eds.), The Unity of Public Law? Doctrinal, Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-5099-1519-4.

Internet publications (4)

  1. O'Loughlin, E.A. and Kirkham, R. (2018). What Do Judges Actually Do in Judicial Review? An Argument for Systematic Studies.
  2. O'Loughlin, E.A. (2017). Protocol on Amendments to the Protocol on the Statute of the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, 27th June 2014, OXIO 18. Oxford International Organizations.
  3. O'Loughlin, E.A. (2015). Zipporah Wambui Mathara, Re, Ruling, Bankruptcy Cause 19 of 2010, ILDC 1570 (KE 2010), 24th September 2010, Kenya; Nairobi; High Court; Milimani Commercial Courts Commercial and Tax Division. Oxford Public International Law.
  4. O'Loughlin, E.A. (2015). Gathungu v The Attorney-General and International Criminal Court, Kituo Cha Sheria (intervening) and ors (intervening), Ruling of the High Court, Constitutional Reference 12 of 2010, [2010] eKLR, ILDC 1602 (KE 2010). Oxford Public International Law.

Journal articles (2)

  1. Thornhill, C., Calabria, C., Cespedes, R., Dagbanja, D. and O’Loughlin, E. (2018). Legal Pluralism? Indigenous Rights as Legal Constructs. University of Toronto Law Journal pp. 1–54. doi:10.3138/utlj.2017-0062.
  2. O'Loughlin, E.A. (2017). Kenya’s Constitution in a global context. International Journal of Constitutional Law, 15(3), pp. 839–848. doi:10.1093/icon/mox062.

Other Activities

Events/conferences (5)

  1. Presentation to Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School. (Workshop) Melbourne, Australia (2018).
    Paper: The Unfolding Functions of the Constitutional Right to Property in Kenya
    Author: O'Loughlin, EA
  2. Public Law Conference. (Conference) Melbourne, Australia (2018).
    Paper: Constitutional Adjudication of Land Injustices in Kenya: at the Frontiers of Public Law
    Author: O'Loughlin, EA
  3. UK Administrative Justice Institute workshop for New Voices in Administrative Justice. (Workshop) Sheffield, UK (2017).
    Paper: A Content Analysis of Judicial Decision-Making
    Author: O'Loughlin, EA
    Co-authors: Kirkham, R
  4. Into the Field: The Added Value of Field Research in Legal Studies. (Workshop) (2016).
  5. Public Law Conference. (Conference) Cambridge, UK (2016).
    Paper: Decolonising Jurisprudence: Public Interest Standing and New Constitutional Orders in Post Colonial Settings
    Author: O'Loughlin, EA