David Bonner

Emeritus Professor
LLB (Leicester), LLM (Queens University at Kingston, Ontario)

David Bonner taught in the Department from 1974 until 2014 and is a former Leicester student. He was promoted to Professor from April 1, 2004. He did his Masters degree in Canada. He is a public lawyer, specialising in social security law, civil liberties law, the protection of human rights and the law relating to terrorism. He is co-author of the annual Sweet and Maxwell four volume publication: Social Security Legislation. He is General Editor of that series and a co-author of Vols. I and II. With Trevor Buck and the social policy researcher, Roy Sainsbury at York University, he conducted a research project looking at the work of a specialist body of public law judges, the Social Security Commissioners. A monograph on the research was published in 2005. His sole authored monograph on measures other than criminal prosecution to deal with terrorism and national security issues was published in October 2007 and has been well-reviewed.

Research Interests

Human Rights and Civil Liberties; the use of emergency powers in peacetime; terrorism and public order; social security law (particularly non means-tested benefits) and adjudication.

Selected Publications

  • Bonner, D., Social Security Legislation 2007: Vol I: Non Means Tested Benefits (with I Hooker and R White) (Sweet and Maxwell)(8th edition, 2007)
  • Bonner, D (with T Buck and R Sainsbury)., Making Social Security Law : The Role and Work of the Social Security and Child Support Commissioners (Ashgate, 2005)
  • Bonner, D., Executive Measures, Terrorism and National security: have the rules of the game changed? (Ashgate, 2007)
  • Bonner, D., “Responding to Crisis: Legislating Against Terrorism” (2006) 122 Law Quarterly Review 602-631
  • Bonner, D, Checking the Executive? detention without trial, Control Orders, Due Process and Human Rights (2006) 12 European Public Law 45-72
  • Bonner, D (with H. Fenwick and S Harris-Short)“Judicial Approaches to the Human Rights Act 1998” (2003) 52 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 549-586

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