Announcement: 17 new contributing writers join the Constitution Society for 2024

By: The Constitution Society

The Constitution Society is delighted to announce an expansion in its cohort of contributing writers. Now with 17 writers, we look forward to bringing you incisive and informative work on developments in the UK constitution across 2024.  

Kate Dewsnip
Kate is a graduate teaching fellow and PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice. Her research focuses on emergency legislation, specifically the legislative scrutiny of emergency laws. She obtained her LLB from the University of Liverpool in 2017 and her LLM from the University of Cambridge in 2018. Kate is a non-practising barrister, having been called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Inner Temple in 2019. Prior to beginning her PhD she worked in legal practice for two years.

Tasneem Ghazi
Tasneem is a PhD student at the UCL Faculty of Laws. Tasneem previously completed the Barrister Training Course while working part-time as a research assistant at the Constitution Unit. In 2021, she interned at the Institute for Government and at the UK in a Changing Europe. Tasneem holds an MA in History from King’s College London, and an LLB in Politics, Philosophy and Law.

David Klemperer
David is currently a PhD student in History at Queen Mary University of London. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Constitution Society, and a Research Assistant at the Institute for Government.

Colin Talbot 
Colin has worked extensively with all levels of British government and public services, including being an advisor to two House of Commons Select Committees and appearing as an expert witness over two dozen times in both Houses of Parliament, the Scottish Parliament, and the Welsh Assembly. He has also advised more than a dozen other governments, from the USA to Japan.

Stuart Wallace 
Stuart is an associate professor at the University of Leeds where he teaches constitutional law and international human rights law. Prior to joining the faculty in Leeds, he worked as a lecturer and director of studies at Homerton College, Cambridge and as an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge lecturing on civil liberties and human rights. Dr Wallace has also held posts at the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court prior to entering academia.

Angus Brown

Angus is currently a PhD candidate in History at the University of Cambridge, where he works on debates about constitutional guardianship and the emergence of modern constitutionalism in the eighteenth century.

Peter Heaton-Jones
Peter served as an MP for two terms from 2015, standing down in 2019. He was parliamentary private secretary to the lord chancellor and the secretary of state at the Department for Work & Pensions. He has international experience, including as policy adviser in the Parliament of NSW, Australia, and marketing executive at the ABC. Peter graduated with a BA in Sociology from London University followed by a post-graduate qualification in journalism, after which he had a 20-year career as a broadcaster, editor and media adviser in the public and private sectors.

Cassandra Somers-Joce
Cassandra studied law at Oxford University, where she is currently a non-stipendiary lecturer. She has previously taught public law at King’s College London, in addition to holding research roles at the University of York and Durham University. Cassandra has published on the public record, Cabinet Office private communications policy, and disclosure duties.

Steph Coulter 
Steph is a researcher at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. He was part of a joint team across the Bennett Institute and the Institute for Government working on a large-scale Review of the UK Constitution. He has written articles on the future of Scottish secession, the politics of English devolution and the relationship between citizens’ assemblies and constitutional change. Prior to joining the Institute, he graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in Politics and International Studies.

Jai Jethwa
Jai completed his BA in Politics at the University of York, before going on to work as a public affairs consultant in the private sector and in the BBC’s central press office. He then joined the civil service, working firstly at the Cabinet Office, working overseas as a communications consultant to international governments, and then at the Department of Transport, working on devolved issues. He is interested in civil service reform.

Ed Selkirk Ford 
Ed is a PhD candidate and postgraduate teaching associate in history at the University of Exeter. He researches debates about parliaments and representation in Britain and British settler colonies in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. More broadly, he is interested in the way in which individuals and groups have understood their relationship to political decision-making and in international exchanges of political ideas and practices. Outside of academia, Ed has worked in various roles for MPs.

Jane Richards
Jane is a lecturer in international human rights and criminal law at the University of York. She is a fellow at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong. An Australian lawyer by trade, she relocated first to Shanghai and then Hong Kong, where she completed her PhD in human rights law. She has spoken before the House of Lords and the All-Parliamentary Group for Hong Kong on human rights since the introduction of Hong Kong’s National Security Law. She is a host on the podcast, the New Books Network. 

Stephen Lynch
Stephen Lynch is an experienced writer on political and economic issues. Stephen’s work has been published in the Times, Daily Telegraph, and Independent, as well as leading accountancy publications. He has also given political analysis on live broadcast TV. Stephen has worked in a number of public affairs, speechwriting and comms roles, including Creative UK, Channel 4, the Law Society of England and Wales, the ACCA, and the Conservative Party.  

James Sweetland 
James is a freelance researcher, writer and consultant who works on government reform, policing and tech policy. He’s a contributing writer at Policing Insight and used to work on Reform’s Reimagining Whitehall programme as a senior researcher. He holds an MSc from Oxford University, where his thesis focused on the political philosophy of encryption.

Kathryn Wainfan 
Kathryn earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a dissertation on party motivations to grant and extend powers to devolved governments. Her academic research focuses on the interactions between political institutions and political parties. She has been a lecturer in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Merced, and Loyola Marymount University. 

Charlotte Sayers-Carter
Charlotte is a researcher interested in constitutional methodology, historiography, and pedagogy. She read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford, and for the MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies at the University of St Andrews. Previously she worked as a research assistant in constitutional history at the Law Faculty, University of Oxford, and as a researcher at The Constitution Unit, University College London. Her doctoral project examines the development of prerogative in England. 

Simon Griffiths 
Simon is a Reader in British Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London where he was, until recently, Head of Department. His work is focused on the relationships between ideologies, party politics and public policy. His academic roles have included positions at Oxford, Queen Mary, and the LSE, where he also obtained his PhD. He has worked in public policy at the British Academy, leading think tanks; as a parliamentary researcher; and for Professor Lord Anthony Giddens. Simon’s writing regularly features in national newspapers and he often appears on TV and radio to discuss British politics.

We welcome our new contributing writers to the Society and look forward to bringing you their work.