Ordinary Academicians

John Francis McEldowney


John Francis McEldowney

Date of birth 29 May 1953

Place Belfast, United Kingdom (Europe)

Nomination 10 December 2017

Field Law

Title Professor

  • Biography
  • Publications

Most important awards, prizes and academies
Qualifications: LLB (Hons). The Queen’s University of Belfast (1964-1971); Research Student, Christ’s College, Cambridge (1975-1978); State and Major State Studentships N. Ireland, Department of Education (1975-1978); PhD Cambridge University (1981); Honorary Doctorate University of Saarbrucken, Germany (2009); Medal of Honour, University of Lille (2004); Member of the Society of Public Teachers of Law; Chair of the Study of Parliament Group (2012-2015). Main Appointments Held: Warwick University: Lecturer in Law (1978-1989), Senior Lecturer in Law (1990-1994), Reader in Law and Director of the European Erasmus/Socrates Programme (1995-1999), Professor of Law (1999), Director of the Postgraduate Programme of the Law School (1999-2000); World Bank, Visiting fellow and Visiting Fellow, Supreme Court, Venezuela (1998-2000); Distinguished Visiting Fellow, New Zealand Law Foundation (2001); Deputy Chair of the School of Law and acting for long periods as Chair of the School of Law (2001-2015); Specialist Advisor to the RAE 2001 on Comparative Law (2001); Member of the Specialist Review of the European Fast Stream, Cabinet Office, London (2001); Delivered the tenth “High Fitzpatrick Lecture” on “Biography and Bibliography”, Kings Inns, Dublin (2004). Recent advisory work: Member of the Expert Group on the EU (Withdrawal Bill), The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London. (2017-18); Legislative Drafting: Part of the energy provisions in the Electricity Act (1989); The Chinese Budget laws in Beijing as part of a United Nations Development Programme-funded initiative (1998); Supreme Court of Venezuela, Managing Change Efficiency, Caracas, Venezuela report on how to introduce case management strategies in the judicial system of Venezuela (2000); Special advisor to the EU Commission on Judicial Management, Croatia, (2009); Special advisor to the EU Council of Europe on Montenegro (2011); Contributor to the Max Planck Encyclopaedia of Comparative and Constitutional Law, general editors Raier Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rudiger Wolfrum, on the topics of experts role on decision-making, members of the legislative body and their right to summon members of the government, members of the legislative body and remuneration.

Summary of scientific research
Legal history including the role of biography and law reform; public law including regulation and public finance; environmental law, particularly regulation and standard setting; aspects of comparative law particularly France and Japan.

Main publications
John F. McEldowney, “Populism: Rule of Law and Brexit”, chapter 14 in Szente Zoltan, ed., Populism and Brexit Routledge Press: London, 2021; John F. McEldowney, “Treading in the Footsteps on Erasmus, Sebastian Omlor, ed., Festchrift for Michael Martinek, Beck Publishing, Munich, 2020 pps 493-502; John F. McEldowney, "Judicial Review: Perspectives and Reflections for the Twenty-First Century”, in Salman Khurshid, Sidharth Luthra, Lokendra Malik and Shruti Bedi, eds., Judicial Review: Essays in Honour of Upendra Baxi, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2020, pps 60-78; J.F. McEldowney, “National Legislation Addressing Social and Cultural Participation”, in P. Donati, editor, Towards a Participatory Society: New Roads to Social and Cultural Integration, Proceedings of the 2017 Plenary Session (28 April-2 May 2017), Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Acta 21, Vatican City 2018, pp 655-682; J.F. McEldowney, “The New Anti-Trafficking Bill for Great Britain with regard to Repatriation” in M. Archer and M. Sánchez Sorondo eds, Human Trafficking: Issues Beyond Criminalization, Proceedings of the 2015 Plenary Session (17-21 April 2015), Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Acta 20, Vatican City 2016, ISBN 978 88 86726 32 0; J.F. McEldowney, “Justice as Mercy”, Proceedings of the 2016 Judges' Summit on Human Trafficking and Organized Crime (3-4 June 2016), Extra Series 19, Vatican City 2016; J.F. McEldowney, “Discovering Best Practice in the Protection of Victims – a UK Case Study”, in M. Archer ed., Proceedings of the Workshop Assisting Victims of Human Trafficking: Best Practices in Legal Aid, Compensation and Resettlement (4-6 November 2017), Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Studia Selecta 3, Vatican City 2017; J.F. McEldowney, “The UK Supreme Court and Parliament: Judicial and Political Dialogues”, in Zoltan Szente et al.New Challenges to Constitutional Adjudication in Europe London: Routledge 2018, pp 214-233; J.F. McEldowney, “The Factortame Litigation: Sovereignty in Question”, in Satvinder Juss and Maurice Sunkin eds., Landmark Cases in Public Law, London: Hart Publishing 2017, pp 115-139; J.F. McEldowney, “Comparative Aspects of Public Law Regulation: An Anglo-French Analysis”, in François-Xavier Millet ed., Mélanges en l'honneur du Professeur Gérard Marcou, L’Harmattan, Paris, France 2016, pp 35; J.F. McEldowney, “Reforming Regulated Professions: The UK experience”, La Réforme des professions réglementées, 26 October 2015, Salle Louis Liard, 17, Rue de la Sorbonne, Paris; J.F. McEldowney, “Policy and development: Perspectives from Public Law and Political Thought – A 21st Century Odyssey”, in Thanos Zartaloudas ed., Land Law and Urban Policy in Context, Routledge 2016, pp. 265-290; J.F. McEldowney, “Delivering Public Services in an era of Austerity in the UK”, in H. Wollmann, G. Marcou and Ivan Kopric, editors, Public and Social Service in European Countries, Palgrave: Macmillan 2016, pp. 86-110; J.F. McEldowney, “The role of Law in the Economy and in regulating Natural Resources and Environmental Protection in China” in Economy and Natural Resources, C. Tan and J. Faundez, London: Edward Elgar 2016, pp 236-65; J.F. McEldowney, Public Law, London: Sweet and Maxwell, May 2016, 850 pages + index; J.F McEldowney and S. McEldowney, Handbook on Environmental Regulation: Regulating the Environment 21st Century Challenges, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2014, pp 800; J.F. McEldowney, Family Mediation in a Time of Change: The Family Mediation Council (FMC) Final Report, June 2012, 1-50 pages. Available from the FMC website and follow up responses from the Ministry of Justice accepting the Review’s findings: http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/speeches/lord-mcnally/family-mediation-councils-professional-practice-consultants-conference-2013; G. Medley, W. Grant, J. McEldowney, editors, Animal Health and Welfare: Regulation and Governance, Routledge 2013, pp 350; J.F. McEldowney, Debt Limits in German Constitutional law – a UK Perspective, in Ringe, Wolf-Georg; Huber, Peter M. (ed.), Legal challenges in the global financial crisis: bail-outs, the Euro and regulation, Oxford: Portland, Oregon, Hart Publishing 2014; John McEldowney, “J.A.G. Griffith: Parliament and Legislation”, Public Law, 2014, pp 85-99; J.F. McEldowney, “One Party Dominance and Democratic Constitutionalism in South Africa”, May 2013, South African Law Journal, pp 36-65; G. Medley, W. Grant, J. McEldowney (eds), Animal Health and Welfare: Regulation and Governance, Routledge (2013); J and S McEldowney, “Science and Environmental Law: collaboration across the Double Helix”, 13(3) Environmental Law Review, 2011, pp 169-198; J.F. McEldowney, and S. McEldowney, Regulation and Environmental Law, Oxford University Press Blackstone Series, Oxford (2001).

Professional Address

School of Law
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom