Contact Dr Lawrence McNamara
Dr Lawrence McNamara joined the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in May 2013. He was Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow until February 2017. Since then he has held posts jointly as a Reader in Law at the University of York and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre.
Lawrence's work has covered issues such as judicial review and legal aid, access to justice, accountability of government, and rule of law education. His recent and current projects include:
•Opening up closed judgments: Balancing Secrecy, Security and Accountability (funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust)
•Respecting private rights, pursuing public interests: Parliamentary scrutiny of the private sector (funded by the British Academy)
Lawrence has published and presented widely in the UK and internationally, including on the legal regulation of speech, especially as it relates to the media, and in the application of empirical research methods. His book Reputation and Defamation (OUP 2007) was shortlisted for the Birks Prize for Legal Scholarship. From 2009-13 Lawrence held an ESRC/AHRC Fellowship in Ideas and Beliefs under the Research Councils UK Global Uncertainties priority. This award supported a programme of research that explored the relationships between democratic traditions of media freedom and the contemporary demands of national and international security. He was very engaged with the Justice and Security Act, giving evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights and a number of his recommendations for amendments that would provide safeguards were debated in Parliament with some now included in the Act.
Prior to joining the Bingham Centre Lawrence was an academic in School of Law at the University of Reading and, before that, in Australia at Macquarie University and the University of Western Sydney. He has held adjunct and visiting posts at several universities in Australia and the United States.