Fergal Davis is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and is a member of the Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship: Anti-Terror Laws and the Democratic Challenge Project in the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Before moving to UNSW he spent over 10 years as a lecturer in the UK.
Fergal's research is concerned with the maintenance and protection of civil liberties in times of emergency. In particular his research focuses on the interaction between law and politics. More broadly, he is interested in legal history, jurisprudence, constitutionalism and the rule of law. His first book, The History and Development of the Special Criminal Court, was the first comprehensive review of the Republic of Ireland's Special Criminal Court since Prof Mary Robinson published The Special Criminal Court in 1974.
He is a regular media commentator in print, online, on TV and radio. He has a regular column in the Irish Echo and contributes frequently to a variety of other media outlets in Australia, Ireland, Israel and the UK.
Areas of expertise:
Trial by jury - with a particular emphasis on jury trial in states of emergency or exception. Constitutional law and public law. Charters of rights and human rights law - with an emphasis on judicial review scepticism. Comparative public law. Counter-terrorism law. Constitutionalism and the state of exception and states of emergency.