Dr Jack Meakin

Research Topic Title:
Labour and constitutionalism-from-below: On the effective potential of legal strategy

The central aim of my research is to comprehend how labour movements engage strategically with law as a means to realise their political demands. I investigate the characteristics of effective strategic engagements with legal instruments, from concrete legislative provisions to more abstract constitutional values and evaluate the types of legal strategies that can facilitate labour’s democratic ambitions. Today, labour faces significant political, legal, and economic challenges which makes it a key subject of socio-legal inquiry. My research responds to labour’s socio-economic and legal context and is committed to describing and critically evaluating how movements have used legal mechanisms to re-balance the present relation between labour and capital.

Mentor: Professor Alan Bogg


Questionable Neutrality: Personal Values in Judicial Adjudication in Law, Legal Culture and Society: Mirrored Identities of the Legal Order, Edited by Alberto Febbrajo, Routledge, (2019) pp.121-141.

Jiří Přibáň. Sovereignty in Post-Sovereign Society: A Systems Theory of European Constitutionalism. Routledge, 2015. International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-CON), Vol.15 (4), (2017), pp.1254-1257.

E-mail: jack.meakin@bristol.ac.uk

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