Public Law for Everyone

Updated for the 2017-18 academic year: Twitter and blogs for Law students

Anyone who is just starting a Law degree will know that there can be a lot of reading involved. It might therefore seem counterintuitive to suggest that you should supplement the traditional sources — textbooks, articles, cases and so on — that lecturers and tutors will recommend with such things as tweets and blog posts. However, such additional resources, used wisely, can help to bring the subject to life — not least by demonstrating connections between what you are reading about in textbooks and what is going on in the real world.This is true no doubt of many areas of Law, but is, I think, particularly true of Public Law: the area in which I work, and which is the concern of this blog.

Staying up to date with the sort of information accessible via blogs and Twitter is not just about being aware of the latest case or development (which might or might not be important). It is also about deepening your understanding of the fundamentals by appreciating their real-world application — including, sometimes, their complexity and contested nature.

Here, then, are some suggestions, to get you started, of lawyers who are worth following on Twitter and blogs that are worth looking at. I have limited these suggestions mainly to academics (and one or two others) who are concerned (whether or not exclusively) with aspects of UK law likely to be of interest to undergraduates, and who are active users of Twitter.

Blogs and other online resources

Twitter

The list below is not in any sense comprehensive, nor was it complied scientifically. It reflects people and institutions I have encountered via Twitter. It is therefore — because of my own academic interests — heavily skewed towards, albeit not exclusively concerned with, public law. And, so far as individuals are concerned, the list is particularly unscientific. The list doubtless omits many, many people who are well worth following, and is intended to serve as nothing more than a starting-point.

Academics
Commentators, practitioners and others
Institutions and blogs on Twitter