Current Position

  • Associate Professor and Director of Postgraduate Education, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.
  • Assistant Director of the Centre for Public Law, Cambridge. 
  • Fellow and Director of Legal Studies, Girton College, Cambridge.

Stephanie Palmer teaches a range of courses in public law and human rights to undergraduates and postgraduates at the University of Cambridge and is the Assistant Director of the Centre for Public Law. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I*CON) based in New York and published by Oxford University Press and a General Editor of the European Human Rights Law Review. Her research interests include human rights, public health law and information law. She is a qualified barrister in Australia.



LLB (Adelaide); LLM and SJD (Harvard)


  • “Regulating Unhealthy Lifestyles in the UK and South Africa: Constitutional Issues” in Tania Voon, Andrew D. Mitchell & Jonathan Liberman (Eds) Regulating Tobacco, Alcohol and Unhealthy Foods: The Legal Issues (Routledge, New York 2014) (forthcoming). 
  • “Max Mosley and the Right to Respect for Private Life” [2012-13]  Greek Public Law Journal 27
  • “ Regulation of Political Broadcasting: The Role of the Judiciary” in K.Ewing, J. Rowbottom and J Cheong Tham (Eds)  Funding of Political Parties:  Where Now?  (Routledge, London 2011)
  • “Roberts v Hopwood: Commentary in Rosemary Hunter ,  Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley (eds) Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice  (Hart Publishing: Oxford, 2010) p.381
  • “Protecting the right to respect for family life in”foreign” cases” (casenote)2009 CLJ (forthcoming) 
  • “Military intervention, public inquiries and the right to life” (case note)
  • C.L.J. 2009, 68(1), 17-20
  • The New Oxford Companion to Law, edited by P. Cane and J. Conaghan (Oxford University Press 2008):  Data Protection, R v R (1992), and the European Court of Human Rights. 
  • Human Rights: Judicial Protection in the United Kingdom (Sweet and Maxwell, 2008) Jack Beatson. Stephen Grosz. Tom Hickman and Rabinder Singh.
  • “Public Functions and Private Services: a Gap in Human Rights Protection” (2008) 6 I.J.C.L. 585-604 (translated and published in Russian)
  • ”Public, Private and the Human Rights Act 1998: An Ideological Divide”  [2007] 66 CLJ 559-573.
  • ”A Wrong Turning for Article 3 ECHR and Proportionality” [2006] 65 CLJ 438- 451.
  • AIDS, expulsion and Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights  (2005) 5 E.H.R.L.R. 533-540
  • “Freedom of Information: A New Constitutional Landscape?”  in Public Law in a Multi-Layered Constitution (N. Bamforth & P. Leyland eds.) (Hart Publishing 2003) pp.221-246 
  • “Arbitrary Detention in Guantanamo Bay: Legal Limbo in the Land of the Free” (casenote) [2003] 62 CLJ 6. 
  • Visible Women:  Essays on Feminist Legal Theory and Political Philosophy (S. James and S. Palmer eds.)  (Hart Publishing 2002) 
  • “’They made a Desert and called it Peace’: Banishment and the Royal Prerogative”, (casenote) [2001] 60 CLJ 234-6. 
  • “Freedom of Information: The New Proposals” in Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information Beatson and Cripps eds., Oxford University Press 2000, 349-375. 
  • “The Human Rights Act and Labour Law” 58 Cambridge Law Journal, 168-200 (2000). 
  • “The Human Rights Act 1998: Bringing Rights Home” 1 Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, 125 (1999). 
  • “Freedom of Information in the United Kingdom and Australia” in Constitutional Reform in the United Kingdom: Practice and Principles (Hart, 1998), 147. 
  • “Blasphemy and the Margin of Appreciation” (case note) 56 Cambridge Law Journal 1997, 469. 
  • "Rape in Marriage and the European Convention on Human Rights” 5 Feminist Legal Studies 1997, 91. 
  • "What has Happened to Children's Rights in the Criminal Justice System?" (case note) 55 Cambridge Law Journal 1996, 406. 
  • "Critical Perspectives on Women's Rights: The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms" in Feminist Perspectives on the Foundational Subjects of Law  A. Bottomley ed., Cavendish 1996, 223. 
  • "Death on the Rock and the European Convention on Human Rights" (case note) 55 Cambridge Law Journal 1996, 1. 
  • "Redefining the Meaning of Life: The Early Release of Life Prisoners" 53 Cambridge Law Journal 1994, 480. 
  • "Equality Issues and Pornography in Canada: R. v. Butler" 2 Feminist Legal Studies 1994, 91. 
  • "Freedom of Speech, Democracy and the European Convention on Human Rights" (case note) 52 Cambridge Law Journal 1993, 363. 
  • International Symposium on the "Constitution of Independent Ukraine" (Proceedings and written contributions published in Ukrainian) Kyiv, 1992. 
  • "Private Libel and Public Accountability" (case note) 51 Cambridge Law Journal 1992, 413. 
  • "Protecting Journalists' Sources: Section 10 Contempt of Court Act 1981" 1992 Public Law, 61. Republished in E. Barendt (ed.), Media Freedom and Contempt of Court (Ashgate 2009) 373- 384. 
  • "Ley Británica de Secretos Officiales de 1989" 126 Revista de Administración Publica, 1991, 495-510 (Madrid, Centro de Estudios Constitucionales). (translated from Public Law). 
  • "The Journalist's Source and the Judge's Foot" (case note) 49 Cambridge Law Journal 1990, 385.  
  • "Tightening the Secrecy Laws: The Official Secrets Act 1989" 1990 Public Law, 243. 
  • "In the Interests of the State: The Government's Proposals for the Reform of Section 2 of the Official Secrets Act" 1988 Public Law, 523. 
  • "Prison Discipline and Judicial Review" (case note) 47 Cambridge Law Journal 1988, 165. 
  • "Voting Bishops" 1983 Public Law, 393 (with P.Hughes).

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