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Dr John Stanton

Senior Lecturer

The City Law School, Academic Programmes

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G307, Gloucester Building

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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'.

John is widely published within the field of Constitutional Law and, particularly, local government law. His first book - an evolution of his PhD thesis - was published in 2014 and his first student textbook, entitled 'Public Law' and co-authored with Dr Craig Prescott, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2018. He has also published in journals such as Public Law, Legal Studies, the Environmental Law Review and the Journal of Environment and Planning Law. John has also contributed to various online fora, including The Conversation, TheMJ, and the UK Constitutional Law Association Blog. He has also been cited in The Independent.

John 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 an LLB3 elective entitled 'Government, Law and Democracy'. Promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015, John was awarded the Learning Enhancement Award for Teaching in the City Law School in 2017.

John is an active member of the Society of Legal Scholars, the UK Constitutional Law Association and the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.


  1. PG Cert HE, Kingston University, United Kingdom, 2011
  2. PhD, Kingston University London, United Kingdom, Sep 2007 – Jul 2010
  3. LLB, University of Surrey, UK, Sep 2004 – Jun 2007


  1. Senior Lecturer in Law, City, University of London, Aug 2015 – present
  2. Lecturer in Law, City, University of London, Sep 2012 – Jul 2015
  3. Lecturer in Law, Kingston University London, Sep 2010 – Aug 2012

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Deputy Convenor of Public Law, Society of Legal Scholars, 2012 – present
  2. Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  3. Member, UK Constitutional Law Association
  4. Member, 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, central-local relations and the broader constitutional position it fulfils.

He is currently engaged in a large-scale empirical project exploring the relationship between local government and centralised government across the UK and Ireland.

His first book, entitled 'Democratic Sustainability in a New Era of Localism' was published by Routledge-Earthscan in 2014. He also published in a range of UK law journals, including Public Law and Legal Studies.

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

Journal articles (12)

  1. Stanton, J. (2019). THE CONSTITUTION OF MALTA: SUPREMACY, PARLIAMENT AND THE SEPARATION OF POWERS. Journal of International and Comparative Law, 6(1).

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  2. Stanton, J. (2018). Rebalancing the central-local relationship: achieving a bottom-up approach to localism in England. Legal Studies, 38(3), pp. 429–449. doi:10.1017/lst.2017.24.
  3. Stanton, J. (2017). The European Charter of Local Self-Government: A Treaty for Local Democracy by Chris Himsworth. Public Law, 2017(January), pp. 177–177.
  4. 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.
  5. Stanton, J. (2014). The Big Society and community development: Neighbourhood planning under the Localism Act. Environmental Law Review, 16(4), pp. 262–276.
  6. Stanton, J. and Bowes, A. (2014). The Localism Act 2011 and the general power of competence. Public Law, 2014.
  7. STANTON, J. (2012). Local sustainable development: Lessons learned from the New Deal for Communities. Environmental Law Review, 14(1), pp. 26–43.
  8. STANTON, J. (2012). The Coalition and the Constitution by Vernon Bogdanor. Public Law, 2012, pp. 595–598.
  9. STANTON, J. (2011). The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009: A reinvigorated local democracy? Public Law, 2011, pp. 1–9.
  10. STANTON, J. (2011). Sustainable development law in the UK: From rhetoric to reality? by Andrea Ross. Environmental Liability, 19(6), pp. 226–227.
  11. STANTON, J. (2010). Parliamentary sovereignty and the Human Rights Act by Alison Young. Legal Studies, 30(4), pp. 689–693.
  12. 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)

Working paper

  1. Stanton, J. (2019). Metro mayors and devolution deals. CLS Working Paper Series.



John teaches on and is Module Leader for Constitutional and Administraitve Law, a core LLB1 module. He gives all the first term lectures on the module, taking students through the various topics and principles of Constitutional Law.

He also runs a final year elective entitled Government, Law and Democracy, which runs for one term. This enables students to explore in detail the workings of the governmental, democratic and political system in the UK.

John has recently completed a new Public Law textbook with Oxford University Press, co-authored with his friend and colleague, Dr Craig Prescott from the University of Winchester. It has also been written with the assistance of Professor David Mead (UEA).