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Simon Halliday



Professor Simon Halliday
LLB (Edinburgh), Dip LP (Strath), PhD (Strath), FAcSS 

Professor of Socio-Legal Studies 

I joined York Law School in 2011. Prior to this, I worked at the University of Strathclyde (2005-11) and at the University of Oxford (2000-05) where I was the Nicholas de B Katzenbach Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and held the concurrent positions of: Research Fellow at Balliol College (2000-03), lecturer at St Anne’s College (2003-04) and lecturer at St Hilda’s College (2004-05). From 2016 - 2017 I was also Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.



My research has generally fallen under two main fields:

(1)   Administrative Justice

My enduring research interest here is in what happens to legal rules, principles and concerns when law is implemented in public organisations (especially welfare organisations.

(2)   Legal consciousness

The questions that have animated this line of enquiry relate to ordinary people’s perceptions and actions in relation to law and legality.

The approach I take to research is socio-legal, usually involving some empirical enquiry, and often working collaboratively with scholars from other disciplines. My research has been funded by the ESRC, the Nuffield Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Swedish Research Council.



From Everyday Forms of Resistance to Transformational Climate Change Adaptation of the Urban Poor

I am working with Emily Boyd (PI) and Christine Wamsler, University of Lund, and Jon Ensor, the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York, on a 4-year project regarding the well-being of poor communities in urban Mozambique and the risks that climate change pose to these communities. The research will focus on the likely effectiveness of state adaptation strategies and policies targeted at the mitigation of those risks. I am leading on the work package regarding the legal consciousness of local residents and its significance for risk mitigation. The project will commence in Summer 2019.


Selected publications

  • Civitarese Matteuci, S and Halliday, S (eds) (2017) Social Rights in Europe in an Age of Austerity (Abingdon: Routledge)
  • D Cowan, A Dymond, S Halliday and C Hunter (2017) ‘Reconsidering Mandatory Reconsideration’ Public Law pp. 215-34
  • C Hunter, J Bretherton, S Halliday and S Johnsen, (2016) 'Legal Compliance in Street-Level Bureaucracy: A Study of UK Housing Officers' 38(1) Law & Policy pp. 81-95
  • Halliday, S, Formby, A and Cookson, R (2015) ‘An Assessment of the Court’s Role in the Withdrawal of Clinically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration from Patients in the Permanent Vegetative State’ 23(4) Medical Law Review pp. 556-8
  • Halliday, S, Kitzinger, C and Kitzinger J ‘Law in Everyday Life and Death: A Socio-Legal Study of Chronic Disorders of Consciousness’ (2014) Legal Studies 
  • Halliday, S, ‘The Governance of Compliance with Public Law’  [2013] Public Law, 312-24 
  • Halliday, S and Morgan B, (2013) ‘I Fought the Law and the Law Won? Legal Consciousness and the Critical Imagination’ 66 Current Legal Problems pp. 1-32



  • Introduction to Law and Society


  • LLM Research Methods
  • Doctoral training

External activities


  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS)

Editorial duties

  • Associate and Book Reviews Editor: Social & Legal Studies
  • Editorial Board Member: Law & Policy

Contact details

Professor Simon Halliday
York Law School

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5826