Dr Patrick O'Brien is a public lawyer with research interests in judicial studies, law and democracy, and constitutional theory. He completed his DPhil on judicial review and democracy at St. John's College Oxford and held posts at University College London and the London School of Economics prior to appointment at Oxford Brookes in 2017. He is an honorary research associate at The Constitution Unit, UCL.
Patrick is the co-author of The Politics of Judicial Independence in the UK's Changing Constitution (CUP 2015) and the co-editor of Leading Works in Public Law (Routledge, forthcoming 2021). He has appeared before committees of the UK Parliament to give evidence on the judicial role and judicial appointments.
Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution
- The Judicial Afterlife: What Do Judges Do After They Leave Bench? (1950-2020) (01/06/2021 - 31/12/2022), funded by: British Academy, funding amount received by Brookes: £9,770
O'Brien P, 'Informal Responses to Judicial Misconduct: Assessing Chapter 4 of the Judicial Council Act'
Irish Judicial Studies Journal 6 (1) (2022) pp.89-102
ISSN: 2712-0317Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
O'Brien P, 'Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Politics, Personality and Judicial Self-Government in Ireland'
German Law Journal 19 (7) (2018) pp.1871-1900
ISSN: 2071-8322Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
O'Brien P, '"Enemies of the People": judges, the media and the mythic Lord Chancellor'
Public Law 2017 (Nov Suppl) (2017) pp.135-149
ISSN: 0033-3565Abstract Open Access on RADAR
O'Brien P, 'Judges and Politics: The Parliamentary Contributions of the Law Lords 1876-2009'
Modern Law Review 79 (5) (2016) pp.786-812
ISSN: 0026-7961 eISSN: 1468-2230Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Hazell R, O'Brien P, 'Meaningful Dialogue: Judicial Engagement with Parliamentary Committees at Westminster'
Public Law 2016 (January) (2015)
ISSN: 0033-3565Published here
O'Brien P, 'Changes to Judicial Appointments in the Crime and Courts Act 2013'
Public Law 179 (2014)