Dr Anne Richardson Oakes
associate professor and director, Centre for American Legal Studies, Birmingham City University; editor-in-chief, British Journal of American Legal Studies

Dr Anne Richardson Oakes has a professional legal background and has worked in academia for many years. She is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars, the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association and the American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association. She has a research background in the Equal Protection jurisprudence of the US Supreme Court and a current interest in its Federalism jurisprudence. She has a specific interest in the application and extension of basic common law principles at national and international level and is currently researching their application to issues of environmental justice. She heads up the Centre for American Legal Studies at Birmingham City University which has a strong socially directed ethos and a large internship programme, sending students to law offices across the United States to work on pro bono issues mostly, but not exclusively, related to capital penalty appeals and indigent offender criminal trials. The centre works with the Bar Human Rights Committee on amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and human rights training. Its current projects include the next UN Universal Periodic Review of the human rights record of the United States where it has interested party status, US trade deals and, most recently, the issue of US/Brexit constitutional parallels.

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