Research Student: Byron Karemba
An Investigation into the Constitutional Functions and Status of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
My thesis is an investigation into the constitutional functions and status of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (UKSC). My thesis investigates whether the UKSC has a constitutional jurisdiction. It examines the court’s “constitutional” jurisprudence in four contexts:
- Devolution and the Territorial Constitution
- Fundamental Rights
- Development of the Common Law
- Relationship between the UKSC and the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
My wider academic interests lie in constitutional law and theory, legal theory and legal history. I am particularly interested in the judicial branch of government and its relationships with the political arms of the state. Primarily, researching the institutional capacity of courts relative to that of other constitutional actors, including looking at courts as agents for social change and forums for democratic participation and deliberation. As such, my research engages issues such as judicial competence, judicial diversity, judicial appointments and judicial independence.
I attained a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of York in 2013. Thereafter, I earned a Master’s of Arts Degree in Political and Legal Theory, focusing on historical and contemporary accounts of the concept of toleration. The MA was funded through a scholarship from the Morrell Centre for Toleration at the University of York.
I started my doctoral studies in Constitutional Law and Theory at Leeds in 2014. I am a recipient of the University of Leeds 110th Anniversary Scholarship. I plan to pursue a career at the Bar alongside my academic work in the future.
I have taught on the Constitutional Law and Administrative Law Module alongside my supervisor Professor Ian Cram and Dr Chloe Wallace. In 2016, I co-convened the Inaugural University of Leeds School of Law PhD Conference. This conference was supported by a grant gained through an application to the School of Law Strategic Research Fund. Since July 2016, I have been the Web-Content Assistant for the Judicial Diversity Initiative. This is a cross-institutional project which supports research on the equal participation of women and men from diverse backgrounds in the judiciary in England and Wales.
Between July and August 2016, I was a Student visitor at the University of New South Wales’ G+T Centre for Public Law.
- B. Karemba, ‘The Constitutional Significance of the UKSC: Is it Time to Rethink Appointments to the Apex Court Again?’ Socio-Legal Studies Association Blog (9 December 2016)
- B. Karemba, ‘The Investigatory Powers Bill: Introducing Judicial Scrutiny of Surveillance Warrants and the Broader Constitutional Context (Part III)’ U.K. Constitutional Law Blog (30th Sept 2016)
- B. Karemba, ‘The Investigatory Powers Bill: Putting the Investigatory Powers Commissioner in Focus’ (Part II) U.K. Constitutional Law Blog (15th Apr 2016)
- B. Karemba, ‘The Investigatory Powers Bill: Introducing Judicial Authorisation of Surveillance Warrants in the United Kingdom – Putting the ‘Double-Lock’ in Focus (Part I)’ U.K Constitutional Law Blog (22nd Mar 2016)
- B. Karemba, ‘The Supreme Court and Resource Allocation: Revisiting R (Tigere) v Secretary of State for Business, Skills and Innovation  UKSC 57,  1 WLR 3820’ UKSocialRights.co.uk.
Conference Papers and Presentations
- B. Karemba, ‘Keeping Up with Society: The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the Common Law Method’ 2016 UK IVR Conference (30 December 2016)
- B. Karemba, ‘Testing the Limits of Adjudication: The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in an Era of Austerity’ University of Leeds Postgraduate Conference 2016 (9 September 2016)
- B. Karemba, ‘An Unorthodox Constitutional Court? Placing the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom within the Existing Taxonomy of ‘Top’ Courts’ University of New South Wales Postgraduate Public Law Workshop 2016 (14 July 2016)
- B. Karemba, ‘Moving Beyond the Dublin Framework: The Case for a Pan-European Humanitarian Visa’ White Rose DTC Postgraduate Conference (20th April 2016)
- B. Karemba, ‘A Cosmopolitan Critique of the Nexus between Nationality, Economic Activity and Entitlement to Social Welfare Rights in the European Union’ Copenhagen Postgraduate Conference (30 January 2015)
- The Honourable Society of The Middle Temple – Student Member
- United Kingdom Constitutional Law Association – Blog Contributor
- Socio-Legal Studies Association – Student Member
- United Kingdom Association for European Law – Student Member