Nick Barber (Associate Professor, Trinity College, Oxford) was the instigator, designer, Editor (later C0-Editor) and main locomotive for the UK Constitutional Law Blog. Since his decision to initiate it in November 2010, we have had over 860,000 hits and now have over 4,200 people signed up to receive regular email posts on new content. The Blog is well-recognised as a source of short but scholarly pieces that appeal to the academy, profession and public alike. Some such material is referred to in textbooks, in parliamentary briefing papers, reprinted in newspapers, and once even referred to in parliamentary debate. We have collaborated with blogs abroad including the I.Connect Blog based in the US and the Verfassungsblog in Germany. We now have ‘academic correspondents’ in place for jurisdictions around the world that are of interest to Commonwealth constitutional lawyers. And we have begun to repost and archive Public Law’s ‘Current Survey‘, compiled by David Mead. With the stewardship of such accomplishments under his belt, Barber has decided to step down from his editorship in order to make way for fresh ideas. He will continue to play an active role in the leadership of the UK Constitutional Law Association.
Though Barber’s shoes are large ones to fill, the Association is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Stephen Tierney as the new Co-Editor, who will work together with Dr. Jeff King (UCL), who continues as Co-Editor. Stephen Tierney is Professor of Constitutional Theory at Edinburgh Law School and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law, and was recently appointed Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. In this last role, Tierney will advise in respect of the Committee’s inquiry into Inter-Governmental Relations in the UK following the Smith Commission recommendations of greater powers to the Scottish Parliament. Professor Tierney has held an ESRC Senior Research Fellowship since 2012 to study constitutional change, and served as constitutional adviser to the Scottish Parliament committee which in 2013 helped create the rules for the 2014 referendum.
It is a fitting tribute to Nick Barber’s excellent work that a scholar of Stephen Tierney’s calibre should succeed him.
Henceforth, submissions to and inquiries about the UK Constitutional Law Blog may be sent to Dr. Jeff King (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Prof. Stephen Tierney (email@example.com).