BA, BCL (Oxford), PhD (Essex)
Professor of Law
Professor bob Watt joined Buckingham Law School in September 2011 (bob uses the lower case b for his name). He was formerly Reader in Laws and sometime Head of the Law School at the University of Essex. Bob worked in non-academic employment for 15 years before retraining as a legal academic, and now holds a BA in Law and Politics from the former Oxford Polytechnic, a BCL from the University of Oxford (Balliol College), and a PhD from the University of Essex.
Bob is an acknowledged expert on electoral law, his book UK Election Law: a critical examination (London: Routledge-Cavendish, 2006) having received excellent reviews in the academic press. He made a major contribution to persuading the then Government to shelve plans to introduce remote electronic voting. Bob has further research interests in legal and political theory, where he is working on a novel theory of natural law, and employment law.
Apart from his academic interests bob coaches the University of Buckingham Running Club and hopes that they will soon be winning prizes for the University.
- James Slater & bob Watt, “In defence of democracy: The criminalisation of impersonation”, Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy, June 2015, 14(2): 165-185
- Bob Watt, Reflections on a New Structure for the United Kingdom’s Electoral Law (London: Electoral Commission, 2013)
- Bob Watt, “Does the SNP’s suggestion of an Independence treat flout the law?”, New Law Journal (2013), 163 NLJ 248
- Bob Watt, Review of Caroline Morris, Parliamentary Elections, Representation and the Law, European Public Law (2013), 615-618.
- Bob Watt, “Electoral constituencies and political parties in Kuwait: an assessment”
- bob Watt, "To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven – a time to be born and a time to die. Natural law, emotion and the right to die"