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portrait of Dr John Stanton

Dr John Stanton

Senior Lecturer

The City Law School, Academic Programmes

Contact Information


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G307, Gloucester Building


Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr John Stanton studied for his LLB at the University of Surrey, graduating with a 2.1 in 2007. From there, he went to Kingston University and spent 3 years researching his PhD under the supervision of Professor Matthew Humphreys and lecturing on a part-time basis. Awarded the doctorate in November 2010, John's thesis was entitled 'Democracy in sustainable development: Accountability and participation in Britain's local communities'.

He was appointed Lecturer in Law at Kingston University in September 2010, and taught on a range of modules, in particular Constitutional and Administrative Law. John joined The City Law School in September 2012 and teaches Constitutional and Administrative Law on the LLB programme and Public Law on the GDL degree. He also runs a LLB3 elective entitled 'Government, Law and Democracy'.

John is an active member of the Society of Legal Scholars and also of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.


Postgraduate Certificate for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2011 - Kingston University)
Ph.D (2010 - Kingston University)
LLB Law (2007 - University of Surrey)


2015 - Senior Lecturer in Law, City Law School, City University London 2012 - 2015: Lecturer in Law, City Law School, City University London
2010 - 2012: Lecturer in Law, Kingston Law School, Kingston University

Other professional activities

Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Society of Legal Scholars (Deputy Convenor of Public Law since 2012)
Honourable Society of the Inner Temple


Research focus

John's research primarily focuses on localism in the UK, including local decision-making and democracy. He is interested in the nature and role of local government and the broader constitutional position it fulfils.

He is currently exploring the impact of the Big Society policy and the recent Localism Act on local authorities and local communities across the UK.

His first book, entitled 'Democratic Sustainability in a New Era of Localism' was published by Routledge-Earthscan in 2014.

PhD supervision

John welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective PhD students in the area of constitutional law, particularly in relation to: decision-making, democracy and localism.


Books (2)

  1. Stanton, J. and Prescott, C. (2018). Public Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-872293-9.
  2. Stanton, J. (2014). Democratic Sustainability in a New Era of Localism. Abingdon, UK: Routledge-Earthscan.

Internet Publications (3)

  1. STANTON, J. (2013). Localism in action? UK Constitutional Law Group
  2. Stanton, J. (2013). The General Power of Competence and Reshaping Local Public Service Provision..
  3. Stanton, J. The road from Gettysburg. Are we nearly there yet?.

Journal Articles (9)

  1. Stanton, J. (2015). Decentralisation and empowerment under the coalition government: An empirical study of local councils in London. Journal of Planning and Environment Law, (9), pp. 978–993.
  2. Stanton, J. (2014). The Big Society and community development: Neighbourhood planning under the Localism Act. Environmental Law Review, 16(4), pp. 262–276.
  3. Stanton, J. and Bowes, A. (2014). The Localism Act 2011 and the general power of competence. Public Law, 2014 .
  4. STANTON, J. (2012). Local sustainable development: Lessons learned from the New Deal for Communities. Environmental Law Review, 14(1), pp. 26–43.
  5. STANTON, J. (2012). The Coalition and the Constitution by Vernon Bogdanor. Public Law, 2012, pp. 595–598.
  6. STANTON, J. (2011). The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009: A reinvigorated local democracy? Public Law, 2011, pp. 1–9.
  7. STANTON, J. (2011). Sustainable development law in the UK: From rhetoric to reality? by Andrea Ross. Environmental Liability, 19(6), pp. 226–227.
  8. STANTON, J. (2010). Parliamentary sovereignty and the Human Rights Act by Alison Young. Legal Studies, 30(4), pp. 689–693.
  9. STANTON, J. (2010). Examining the purpose of legal aid. Government Gazette, 2010, p. 95.


  1. STANTON, J. Democracy in sustainable development: Accountability and participation in Britain's local communities. (PhD Thesis)