A graduate in Law from University College Cardiff, John taught law in England and Wales, and carried out research for his PhD on theories of punishment, before returning to his home city of Belfast to take up the post of Lecturer in the Department of Public Law at Queen's University Belfast. In 1996 he was appointed as Professor of Jurisprudence. His books include The Barrister's World and the Nature of Law (with Philip Leith) (1992) Reshaping Public Power: Northern Ireland and the British Constitutional Problem (with Stephen Livingstone)(1995), and Crime Community and Locale (with David O'Mahony, Kieran McEvoy and Ray Geary) (2000) and the co-edited essay collections Law, Society and Change (1990), Tall Stories? Reading Law and Literature (1996) Voices, Spaces and Processes in Constitutionalism (2000), Judges, Transition, and Human Rights (2007) and Values in Global Administrative Law (2011). In addition, Professor Morison is author of some thirty or so chapters in various books and more than 50 articles in scholarly journals.
Professor Morison has worked on various empirical projects funded by government and research councils, including the social attitudes survey, a communities crime survey, European election law, public service provision and the modernising government agenda. He was one of the coordinators of an EU funded Asia Link project which was concerned with developing good governance and human rights in Mongolia and Indonesia. He has just concluded an ESRC funded project on “What makes an important case? A Sociology of the creation and transmission of legal knowledge” (with G. Anthony) and in December 2011 he completed an ESRC funded project on Public Interest in the UK courts with Dr Gordon Anthony and Dr Dimtrios Doukas. Recently he has also finished an EU funded project on youth participation and the internet, and a project funded by the Changing Ageing Partnership on Hearing Older Voices which looks at e-engagement among older people. He is a member of the European Group of Public Law, and serves on the Board of the European Public Law Organisation as well as being a member of the Curatorium of the European Academy of Public Law which runs an annual postgraduate education programme in Greece. He is also a member of the steering committee of the European Law and Governance School which is a new multi-country initiative. Professor Morison is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Law and Society and on the Editorial boards of the European Review of Public Law and the International Journal of Public Law and Policy and on the Reviewer Committee of the Electronic Journal of E-Government. He is a trustee of the Hamlyn Trust. He was a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council for two full terms until November 2013 and has served as a member of Panel A reviewing proposals for funding. He is now a member of the Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review College and has acted as a reviewer for numerous overseas Government Research bodies. He was a member of the Task Force on Resourcing the Voluntary and Community, established by the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland. Professor Morison was one of the founders of the E-consultation Study Group which brings together experts from government and the private, voluntary and community sectors to explore how e-government can improve democratic participation. Professor Morison has been a speaker at many conferences and meetings in Europe, the USA and South Africa, including as a plenary speaker at the Conference on "The judiciary in Territorially and Culturally Compound Systems: Organisation and Functions " in Trento, 7-8 May 2015, and on a panel at the International Society of Public Law (ICON·S) 2016 Conference “Borders, Otherness and Public Law,” in Berlin, June, 2016. In 2017 he has continued to speak on Brexit issues, both as part of his involvement in the TREUP Project and more widely, and has taken up invitations to speak at a workshop on Algorithmic Self in January in Galway and on a panel at an event on Foucault in Ireland in Dublin in March.
Professor Morison was a previously a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Constitution Unit, University College London, Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London (supported by a grant from the British Academy) a visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town, a research fellow at the Institute of Governance at QUB supported by a grant from the Royal Irish Academy, and in 2007-08 a Visiting Research Chair at the Law School in the Universiteit of Utrecht. He is a member of the Higher Education Academy and has been or is currently an external examiner for universities in England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland, as well as for a number of continental PhDs. In 2005 Professor Morison was appointed to the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission and re-appointed for a further four years from 2008-12. He is currently an Independent Board Member of the Legal Services Agency which funds legal aid in Northern Ireland. In March 2009 he was elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy and is a member of its Academic Board as well as the chair of the Academy's Ethical, Political, Legal and Philosophical Studies Committee. In 2015 he led the RIA's Ethics and Opinion Series within the President of Ireland's Ethics Inititative and in 2016 organised the RIA's Constitutional Conversations series. A previous Head of the School of Law, he was also Director of Internationalisation until 2016, and in this role was a founder of the innovative Juris Doctorate (JD) degree which attracts students from across the world to QUB. He was appointed as the Law School's "REF Champion" in October 2016 and is currently acting as Programme Coordinator for the Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on CyberSecurity (LINCS) which has been established to support pioneering research at the interface between the social sciences and electronic engineering & computer science.
Professor Morison has taught across most subjects within the law curriculum and currently teaches public law at undergraduate and postgraduate level leading courses in Constitutional and Administrative Law for the Juris Doctorate and a popular final year option on Reshaping the Northern Ireland Constitution.
Current research interests encompass constitutional law and theory as well as e-government, e-democracy and algorithmic government. He has recently completed an interdisciplinary initiative funded by the Faculty looking at "Constitutional Futures".
Professor Morison has taught across most subjects within the law curriculum and currently teaches public law at undergraduate and postgraduate level leading courses in Law and Governance in a Complex World at Masters level, Constitutional and Administrative Law for the Juris Doctorate and a popular final year option on Reshaping the Northern Ireland Constitution.
Current research interests encompass constitutional law and theory as well as e-government and e-democracy. He is currently leading an interdisciplinary initiative funded by the Faculty looking at "Constitutional Futures".
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