Dr Alex Schwartz

  • Senior Lecturer in Public Law (Law)

Biography

Dr. Schwartz joined the School of Law in December 2021. Previously, he was an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong and a Lecturer in Law at Queen’s University Belfast.  

Dr. Schwartz’s research incorporates a variety of approaches (including empirical and computational methods) to address questions in the fields of constitutional law, constitutional design, and judicial politics. His scholarship has appeared in leading academic journalssuch as Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, and Oxford Journal of Legal Studiesand he is co-editor of Rights in Divided Societies (Hart, 2012). His research has been supported by grants from the British Academy, the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships programme. On matters of constitutional design, Dr. Schwartz has provided expert evidence/advice to the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Government of the United Kingdom, and the Max Planck Foundation for Peacebuilding and the Rule of Law. 

Dr. Schwartz is a qualified (non-practicing) Barrister and Solicitor with the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. He holds a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast, an LLM from the University of Toronto, an LLB from Dalhousie University, and a BA(hons) in Philosophy from Memorial University.  

Research interests

Dr. Schwartz’s research interests are primarily at the intersection of comparative constitutional law and political science. Currently, he is co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia (forthcoming with OUP) and writing a book on why and how populist governments threaten judicial independence. Dr. Schwartz also has a general interest in the advancement of computational legal studies, including the use of machine learning and agent-based models to help answer questions about law and legal institutions; his recent article uses computational methods to estimate semantic change in concepts associated with the United Kingdom’s constitution. Dr. Schwartz can be found on Twitter where, in a personal capacity, he frequently posts (or retweets) about public law, computational methods/AI/machine learning, and the digital humanities. 

Publications

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2022

Schwartz, A. (2022) The changing concepts of the constitution. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, (doi: 10.1093/ojls/gqac001) (Early Online Publication)

2020

Dzehtsiarou, K. and Schwartz, A. (2020) Electing team Strasbourg: professional diversity on the European Court of Human Rights and why it matters. German Law Journal, 21(4), pp. 621-643. (doi: 10.1017/glj.2020.36)

2019

Schwartz, A. (2019) International judges on constitutional courts: cautionary evidence from post-conflict Bosnia. Law and Social Inquiry, 44(1), pp. 1-30. (doi: 10.1111/lsi.12335)

Schwartz, A. (2019) An agent-based model of judicial power. Journal of Law, 9(1), pp. 21-53.

2018

Schwartz, A. (2018) Judicial power and consociational federation: the Bosnian example. Federal Law Review, 46(4), pp. 631-644. (doi: 10.1177/0067205X1804600409)

2016

Schwartz, A. and Murchison, M. J. (2016) Judicial impartiality and independence in divided societies: an empirical analysis of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Law and Society Review, 50(4), pp. 821-855. (doi: 10.1111/lasr.12237)

McCrudden, C., McGarry, J., O’Leary, B. and Schwartz, A. (2016) Why Northern Ireland’s institutions need stability. Government and Opposition, 51(1), pp. 30-58. (doi: 10.1017/gov.2014.28)

2015

McEvoy, K. and Schwartz, A. (2015) Judges, conflict, and the past. Journal of Law and Society, 42(4), pp. 528-555. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6478.2015.00724.x)

Schwartz, A. (2015) Authority, nationality, and minorities. Ratio Juris, 28(3), pp. 354-371. (doi: 10.1111/raju.12087)

2012

Schwartz, A. (2012) Symbolic equality: law and national symbols in Northern Ireland. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 19(4), pp. 339-358. (doi: 10.1163/15718115-01904001)

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Articles

Schwartz, A. (2022) The changing concepts of the constitution. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, (doi: 10.1093/ojls/gqac001) (Early Online Publication)

Dzehtsiarou, K. and Schwartz, A. (2020) Electing team Strasbourg: professional diversity on the European Court of Human Rights and why it matters. German Law Journal, 21(4), pp. 621-643. (doi: 10.1017/glj.2020.36)

Schwartz, A. (2019) International judges on constitutional courts: cautionary evidence from post-conflict Bosnia. Law and Social Inquiry, 44(1), pp. 1-30. (doi: 10.1111/lsi.12335)

Schwartz, A. (2019) An agent-based model of judicial power. Journal of Law, 9(1), pp. 21-53.

Schwartz, A. (2018) Judicial power and consociational federation: the Bosnian example. Federal Law Review, 46(4), pp. 631-644. (doi: 10.1177/0067205X1804600409)

Schwartz, A. and Murchison, M. J. (2016) Judicial impartiality and independence in divided societies: an empirical analysis of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Law and Society Review, 50(4), pp. 821-855. (doi: 10.1111/lasr.12237)

McCrudden, C., McGarry, J., O’Leary, B. and Schwartz, A. (2016) Why Northern Ireland’s institutions need stability. Government and Opposition, 51(1), pp. 30-58. (doi: 10.1017/gov.2014.28)

McEvoy, K. and Schwartz, A. (2015) Judges, conflict, and the past. Journal of Law and Society, 42(4), pp. 528-555. (doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6478.2015.00724.x)

Schwartz, A. (2015) Authority, nationality, and minorities. Ratio Juris, 28(3), pp. 354-371. (doi: 10.1111/raju.12087)

Schwartz, A. (2012) Symbolic equality: law and national symbols in Northern Ireland. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 19(4), pp. 339-358. (doi: 10.1163/15718115-01904001)

This list was generated on Tue Oct 4 23:25:55 2022 BST.

Grants

Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, General Research Fund, (HKD $685,320), 2019-2021  

British Academy-Leverhulme Grant, (£7,258), 2014-2015 

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, ($140,000 Canadian Dollars), June 2011-May 2013

Supervision

Dr. Schwartz welcomes PhD proposals from prospective students who can demonstrate the potential to make an original and significant contribution to public law scholarship.  

Teaching

Constitutional Law (LAW1023)