Professor Alison Young joins Law Commission as Public Law Commissioner

Professor Alison Young has started today (18 March 2024) as a new Commissioner at the Law Commission for a period of five years. Professor Young replaces Nicholas Paines KC as the Commissioner for Public and Welsh Law.

She will oversee the work of the Public Law and Law in Wales team on a variety of important topics, ranging from disabled children’s social care to the future of aviation autonomy.

Professor Young is the Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Robinson College. She is also an academic associate at 39 Essex Chambers and an Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.

Before joining the University of Cambridge, Professor Young studied for a Law (with French) degree at the University of Birmingham, spending a year at the Université de Limoges. She then completed the BCL and D Phil at Hertford College, University of Oxford. She spent three years as a Tutorial Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, before returning to Hertford as a Fellow in Law and later Professor of Public Law at the University of Oxford.

Her appointment was announced on 7 November 2023.