Professor Anthony Bradley QC
Professor Anthony Bradley QC, one of the greatest constitutional lawyers and thinkers of his generation, has passed away.
Professor Bradley was called to the bar in 1989 and practised in human rights and public law from Cloisters chambers. He was made an honorary QC in 2011.
Among the highlights of his career at the bar were representing the Chagos Islanders who had been forcibly removed by the UK government to Diego Garcia in 1971, and being involved in litigation to determine the extent to which the Crown and its servants could be held in contempt for failing to comply with court orders.
He was professor of constitutional law at Edinburgh University before coming to the bar, and was a long time editor of Public Law.
His distinguished appointments included being the UK member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law and legal adviser, House of Lords Committee on the Constitution, 2002-05.
Professor Bradley was very well known to generations of students as the author – with Keith Ewing – of Constitutional and Administrative Law, which has run to 14 editions.
Cloisters said: “He combined his intellectual ability with a charm and kindness which made him an ideal colleague. He was a friend to all at Cloisters and to many in the service of the law. He will be greatly missed but his contribution to the law will endure for a very long time.”