Title: Subject Lead for Law, Lecturer in Constitutional and Administrative Law
Phone: +44(0)1248 383078
Location: Second Floor Athrolys Building
Stephen Clear has been teaching Law at Bangor since 2011. Originally from London, he graduated from the University of Wales in 2010 with a First Class Honours LLB. He subsequently completed an LLM by Research at Bangor University in 2012. Stephen's teaching and research interests are in the areas of: Public Law: Constitutional and Administrative Law; Public Procurement Law; and Legal Education and Mooting.
In September 2021, Stephen was appointed Law Subject Lead in the newly formed School of History, Law and Social Sciences. Prior to that, he served as Bangor Law School's Senior Tutor from 2016 until 2021.
Public Law: Constitutional and Administrative Law
Stephen has held module leadership responsibility for the teaching of Public Law: Constitutional and Administrative Law at Bangor University for the past eight years. Since 2014, Stephen has worked in cooperation with both UK and Welsh parliamentarians, Government officials, and judges in order stage annual field trips to London, in order for his students to practically apply the Public Law concepts explored within his classes. Stephen's interests in Public Law include: matters relating to the future for the UK-Union, and the relationship between devolved administrations and the Westminster Parliament; as well as, more broadly, issues concerning fundamental constitutional principles (the Rule of Law, Separation of Powers, and Parliamentary Sovereignty); Human Rights, and Judicial Review.
Stephen's Public Law research has been published in a variety of journals, including: European Public Law (Wolters Kluwer), European Politeia (EPLO), Legal Studies (Wiley), and the Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (Oxford University). In 2014, Stephen was part of a research team commissioned by the then National Assembly for Wales' Independent Remuneration Board to empirically investigate barriers to standing for the Welsh Assembly (now Senedd).
Stephen has also made several media appearances through being invited to contribute towards Public Law debates, including for BBC Politics Wales, LBC News, Sputnik News, BBC Question Time Extra, and BBC Radio Five Live. He also frequently writes for The Conversation on recent UK constitutional developments, with his contributions having an international readership in excess of 400,000- including republications by iNews, Yahoo UK, Delano Luxembourg, and Menafn. He has presented at a variety of conferences on matters of constitutional importance, both within the UK and internationally, including to audiences in China, India, Bahrain, and Ireland. Stephen has also been granted research awards by the Gladstone Library, Society of Legal Scholars, Santander Universities, and the Drapers Company for his research activities in these fields.
Public Procurement Law
Stephen's research interests in the field of Public Procurement Law are linked to his broader interest in Administrative Law and Judicial Review. Along with Dr Ama Eyo, Stephen co-authors Sweet and Maxwell's (Thomson Reuters) leading reference work in this field, Public Procurement Law and Practice. More broadly, his procurement research has been published by: the European Public Law journal (Wolters Kluwer), as well as European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review (Lexxion).
Between 2011 and 2018, Stephen was the Legal Research Officer to the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS). He previously supported the work of the 3.7 million Euro Winning in Tendering project, which was aimed at transforming the public tendering experience of Small Indigenous Suppliers (SISs include both SMEs and Third Sector organisations such as Charities) in the INTERREG Ireland/Wales region. In doing so he assisted on the 'Remedies Law' work package through conducting case law statistical analysis, and contributing to the development of new learning resources and teaching materials. Stephen also served as a Public Procurement Law Specialist (in July 2015) to the TESLA (Transnational Ecosystem Laboratory & Actions) project, a 3.8 Million Euro INTERREG IVB North West funded project. The aim of TESLA was to support the growth and development of early stage High Potential Start Up (HPSU) companies in Ireland, Wales, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands through a programme of transnational pilot innovation and business support initiatives. Throughout this period, Stephen was also a member of the Project Management team for the Welsh Government sponsored annual Procurement Week events, and the Welsh National Procurement Awards.
Legal Education and Mooting
Stephen has led the teaching of both Legal Skills and Mooting Skills at Bangor University for the past ten years. He has a pedagogical interests in matters relating to legal education, particularly in respect of internationalisation; employability; wellbeing and fostering a sense of community; and expectation v reality gaps. Stephen has contributed to the Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference on several occasions; as well as presented at the Professional Legal Education Conference staged by the Centre for Professional Legal Education at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. He frequently contributes to the University's CELT training seminars, and has been invited to contribute to other Universities' teaching and learning workshops. Stephen has also worked as part of a Bangor University wide team exploring interventions for retention and supportive transitioning from Further Education (FE) to Higher Education (HE) learning.
His pedagogical investigations have been published by the Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education; Euroempleo Journal (Cadiz, Spain); and the Law Teacher journal. His research into the 'expectation v reality gap' in respect of mooting was also awarded a Stan Marsh Prize by the Association of Law Teachers at their 52nd Annual Conference (Portsmouth University, 2017). More recently, Stephen's empirical investigations have sought to map the impact of Brexit on Legal Education; as well as the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the teaching of Law in Wales.
In 2022, Stephen was interviewed by the Solicitors Journal regarding making the transition from legal practice to legal academia.
Stephen is also the School’s Mooting Director. He was responsible for the introduction of Bangor Law School’s first internal competitions in 2008-2009, the McLaren Criminal Law Moot and Cwpan Griffiths Welsh Moot. He has since spearheaded the School’s entry into several prestigious national and international competitions, and continues to teach Mooting Skills as part of the Legal Skills and Advanced Mooting modules. Having fostered strong links with Caernarfon’s Criminal Justice Centre; Manchester’s Crown Court; Salford’s Magistrates’ Court and Manchester’s Civil Justice Centre, as well as a host of leading judges, Bangor's Law Department has celebrated much success in mooting. For example, in 2014 Stephen coached Bangor Law School towards success in the Lexis Nexis Welsh National Mooting Competition. Further afield, in 2015, Stephen co-coached, Bangor’s undergraduate team in their entry to the KK Luthra International Criminal Law Moot Competition, which took place in New Delhi, India. In March 2015, Stephen was appointed the Lead Moot Master for the All Wales Lexis Nexis National Moot Court Competition. Since then, Stephen has coached students in their entry to prestigious national competitions including: BPP's Advocate of the Year Competition, the Inns of Court College of Advocacy and Oxford University Press National Moot, and the Blackstone's Criminal Advocacy Mock Trials Competition.
Within the School of History, Law and Social Sciences, Stephen currently serves as:
- The Subject Lead for Law.
- Director of Mooting.
- Personal Tutor.
- School Field Trips Coordinator.
Stephen has previously served as the School's Bangor Employability Award Lead, a member of the Postgraduate Taught Programmes Committee, a member of the Special Circumstances Committee, a member of the Unfair Practice Committee, has been an internal examiner for LLM by Research degrees, and has served as the Law School's former Social Media Officer.
Across the wider University, Stephen currently has responsiiblities in respect of:
- Associate, Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)
- Peer Reviewer/Assessor for HEA Fellowship Awards by CPD, CELT Bangor
Stephen formerly sat on the Deputy Vice Chancellor's Senior Tutor Group, as well as the University's Hardship Fund Committee. He also previously sat on the Pro-Vice Chancellor's University Employability Task Group, in representing the former College of Business, Law and Social Sciences.
More broadly, outside of the University:
- In 2018 Stephen was invited to join the 'Law Panel' as a judge for the International Undergraduate Awards (a global award programme under the patronage of the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins). He was thereafter re-invited to join the law panel in 2019, and again in 2022.
- In 2019 Stephen was invited to join the North West Law Careers Action Network as the representative from Bangor University.
- Stephen currently serves as an External Examiner for Law and Politics modules at Manchester University.
- Stephen currently serves as an External Examiner for Law at the University of Hull.
Stephen currently teaches the following modules at Bangor University:
- SXL 0001 Introduction to Law and Justice (Module Leader)
- SXL 1110/2210 Public Law: Constitutional and Administrative Law (Module Leader)
- SXL 1115/2215 Legal Skills (Module Leader)
- SXL 2130/3130 Media Law (Contribution)
- SXL 3113 Dissertation (Undergraduate Research Project Supervision)
- SXL 4300 Dissertation (Masters Research Supervision)
At Bangor University, he has also previously taught: SXL 4438 Procurement Relationships and Ethics (Contribution: Masters Level); SXL 4419/4109 Legal Research Methods (Module Coordinator: Masters Level); LLM Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice by Distance Learning (Programme Contributions); SXL 4731/4831 Procurement Research and Skills; SXL 1116 Legal Skills with Professional Legal English (Module Leader); SXL 2220 Advanced Mooting and Legal Ethics (Module Leader); SXL 2121/3121 Company Law; SXL 1114 Law for Non Lawyers; and SXL 2120/3120 Administrative Law.
Stephen has also led upon the Legal English, Mooting, and Common Law Research and Study Skills components of the former Law School's Legal English Summer School, as well as joint summer school programmes with Bangor's Confucius Institute.
- Awarded a Bangor University Teaching Fellowship, in recognition of his outstanding contribution in teaching and pastoral care (July 2022).
- Highly commended in the category of 'Teacher of the Year' and 'Activities through the Medium of Welsh' for activities in North Wales pertaining to Public Law and Parliament, in the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle, and the Lord Speaker, The Lord Fowler's Your UK Parliament Awards (2020)
- Highly commended 'Teacher of the Year,' in the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow's Your UK Parliament Awards (2019)
- Nominated for LawCareers.Net Law Teacher of the Year (LCN) (2017)
- Awarded a national Stan Marsh Bursary to attend the Association of Law Teachers (ALT) Annual Conference (2017)
- Shortlisted for Outstanding Pastoral Support, Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTA) (2017)
- Awarded the International Student Support Award, Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTA) (2015)
- Awarded a Drapers Company Medal for an ‘Outstanding Postgraduate Contribution to the University’ (2015)
- Awarded Bangor University's Postgraduate Teacher of the Year, Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTA) (2013)
- Nominated for Bangor University's Teacher of the Year, Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTA) (2012)
- Shortlisted for Postgraduate Teacher of the Year, Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTA) (2012)