Position: Lecturer in Law, Senior Tutor and Mooting Coordinator
Phone: 01248 383078
Location: Ground Floor Aethwy Building
Stephen has been teaching at Bangor University Law School 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 research interests are in the areas of constitutional and administrative law, public procurement, and legal education. In October 2015 Stephen was appointed, on a full time basis, as a Lecturer in Law. Shortly after, in September 2016 he was appointed Senior Tutor for the Undergraduate School.
In July 2018 Stephen was reappointed Senior Tutor for the Law School, with extended responsibility for both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Schools.
Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies
Stephen is the Legal Research Officer to the Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies (ICPS). He has 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.
In July 2015 Stephen was appointed as a Public Procurement Law Specialist to TESLA (Transnational Ecosystem Laboratory & Actions), 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.
He is also a member of the Project Management team of the Welsh Government sponsored Annual Procurement Week events and the Welsh National Procurement Awards.
Stephen is also the School’s Mooting Coordinator. 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, the Law School has celebrated much success in mooting. For example, in 2014 Bangor Law School was acknowledged as being Mooting Champions of Wales. Further afield, in 2015, Stephen co-coached, Bangor’s undergraduate team in their entry to the K.K. Luthra International Criminal Law Moot competition in New Delhi, India. In March 2015 Stephen was appointed the Lead Moot Master for the All Wales Lexis Nexis National Moot Court Competition (2015-16). In 2016 Stephen coached Bangor Law School students in their entry to prestigious national competitions including the National Oxford University Press Moot and Blackstone's Criminal Advocacy Mock Trials.
Today the Law School has a total of nine internal moots; its very own courtroom on campus; and regularly enters teams for ten national and five international competitions.
Law School Responsibilities
- Senior Tutor
- Mooting Coordinator and Mooting Committee Chair
- JustCite Most Improved Advocate Award Coordinator
- Bangor Employability Award (BEA) Law School Co-Coordinator (For Student Projects and Initiatives)
- LLB and LLM Personal Tutor
- Member of the Postgraduate Taught Programmes Committee
- Member of the Special Circumstances Committee
- Member of the Unfair Practice Committee
- Internal Examiner for LLM by Research Degrees
- Law School Social Media Coordinator
- Associate, Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)
- Member of the University's Senior Tutor Group
- Peer Reviewer/Assessor for HEA Fellowship Awards by CPD, CELT Bangor
- Stephen formerly sat on the University Employability Task Group, as the Coordinator for the College of Business, Law, Education and Social Science.
- 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.
- In 2019 Stephen was invited to join the North West Law Careers Action Network as the representative from Bangor University.
- SXL 4438 Procurement Relationships and Ethics (Contribution: Masters Level)
- SXL 4419/4109 Legal Research Methods (Module Coordinator: Masters Level)
- SXL 4300 Dissertation (Masters Research Supervision)
- LLM Procurement Law, Strategy and Practice by Distance Learning (Programme Contributions: Masters Level Procurement Relationships and Ethics)
- LLM Procurement, Law Strategy and Practice by Distance Learning (Module Leadership: SXL. 4731/4831 Procurement Research and Skills).
- SXL 1115/2215 Legal Skills (Module Leader)
- SXL 1116 Legal Skills with Professional Legal English (Module Leader)
- SXL 1110 Public Law One: Constitutional and Administrative Law (Module Leader)
- SXL 2220 Advanced Mooting and Legal Ethics (Module Leader)
- SXL 3113 Dissertation (Undergraduate Research Project Supervision)
- Stephen has previously contributed to SXL 2121/3121 Company Law, SXL 1114 Law for Non Lawyers and SXL 2120/3120 Administrative Law
Stephen also leads on the Legal English, Mooting and Common Law Research and Study Skills components of Bangor Law School's Legal English Summer School.
- 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)
- S Clear and D Cahill, 'Mapping the Frequency and Distribution of Judicial Review in Resolving Public Procurement Disputes' (2021) 27 (1) European Public Law 131.
- S Clear, 'Plans for Ministers Who Are Not in Parliament Raise Concerns for UK Democracy' (21 July 2021) The Conversation.
- A Eyo and S Clear, Public Procurement Law and Practice (Sweet and Maxwell 2021)
- S Clear, 'Towards New Constitutional Horizons: Challenges and Opportunities Surrounding the Future Relationship Between A Fragmented United Kingdom and the European Union' (forthcoming).
- S Clear, 'New Horizons? COVID-19 shows us that Westminster can embrace democratic innovation' (29 April 2020) Politics Means Politics Magazine.
- S Clear, G Clifford, D Cahill, and B Allen, 'A New Methodology for Improving EU Public Procurement Penetration, Visibility and Decision-Making' (2020) 15 (2) European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review 83.
- S Clear, '2020: The Year to Fix Broken Politics Within the UK' (6 January 2020) Politics Means Politics Magazine.
- S Clear, 'Boris Johnson is Planning Radical Changes to the UK Constitution - Here Are the Ones You Should Know About' (18 December 2019) The Conversation.
- S Clear, 'The UK Human Rights Act Is At Risk Of Repeal - Here's Why It Should Be Protected' (12 February 2019) The Conversation.
- S Clear, 'Prince Charles: The Conventions That Will Stop Him Meddling As King' (13 November 2018) The Conversation.
- S Clear, 'Brexit and Devolution: New Frontiers for the UK Union' (2018) Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Vol 2.
- S Clear, 'Re-Imagining Traditional Paradigms in Separation of Powers: A Comparative Constitutional Study of the UK and India' (Forthcoming).
- S Clear, 'Investigation Gets Underway Over Carl Sargeant Tragedy and Welsh First Minister' (20 June 2018) The Conversation.
- S Clear, D Cahill and G Clifford, 'Mapping the Effects of Brexit on Legal Education in Wales: Proposals for Addressing Students' Concerns' (2018) The Law Teacher Journal.
- S Clear and M Parker, 'A Model for Responding to UK and International Law Students' Great(er) Expectations in Wales' Internationalised Learning Environment' (2018) Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education Volume 13.1.
- S Clear, 'Re-Impose Collective Ministerial Responsibility-It's The Only Way To Govern' (9 July 2018) The Conversation.
- S Clear, 'Why Wales was Right to Say Yes to the UK's Brexit Bill' (18 May 2018) The Conversation.
- S Clear, 'Scotland's Brexit Bill Rejection Could Be the Start of a New Constitutional Crisis' (16 May 2018) Reaction.
- S Clear, ‘Criminal Justice System at ‘Breaking Point’ After Years of Unstable Leadership’ (14 Feb 2018) iNews.
- S Clear, ‘2018 Must be the Year we Reimagine Judicial Diversity’ (3 January 2018) The Conversation.
- S Clear, 'Opportunity Knocks for UK's Supreme Court to Become More Diverse' (16 Feb 2017) United Kingdom Supreme Court Blog.
- S Clear, A Griffiths and H Pritchard, 'Fragmented and Incremental Devolution in the United Kingdom: From Devolution to Federalism?' (2015) JCLC Vol III (India).
- S Clear, 'Book Review: Jack Straw's Aspects of Law Reform: An Insider's Perspective' 2015 Vol. 35 Legal Studies 193.
- S Clear et al (Led by D Cahill, K Nikolopoulos and C A Robinson) ‘Evaluating Barriers to Entering the Assembly: What Prevents Us From Standing?’ (July 2014) National Assembly for Wales’ Independent Remuneration Board.
- S Clear, 'Mooting and Advocacy Skills' (Chapter) in P Dowdney Legal Skills: For the Skills to Succeed on Your LLB (3rd edn Pearson Custom, 2013).
- A Griffiths and S Clear, ''Searching for Windmills' - Graduate Employability and Flexicurity - Some Lessons from UK Employment Law' (2012) Universidad de Cadiz Euroempleo Journal (Spain).
- S Clear, 'Staying on Top of Your LLB Revision: Tips for Success' (Chapter) in P Dowdney Legal Skills: Enhancing Your Success (1st edn Pearson Custom, 2011).
- Written response (focusing on public law standards and judicial review issues under the Bill of Rights) to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Consultation on Decriminalising TV Licence Evasion (March 2020).
- Written response (focusing on the use of electronic platforms to categorise areas of Welsh law, as well as comparative analysis of the skills suggestions for the Cyfraith Cymru/Cymrulex in light of existing resources, such as legislation.gov) to the Welsh Government’s The Future of Welsh Law: Classification, Consolidation, Codification consultation (February 2020).
- Written evidence (focusing on the effects of Brexit on legal education for Wales, the rest of the UK, and the rest of the EU) to the House of Commons' Exiting the European Union Inquiry on The Progress of the UK's Negiotations on EU Withdrawal (February 2019).
- A written response (focusing on legal education: Brexit and mooting; and civil law: public procurement and justice for SMEs) to the Commission for Justice in Wales' call for evidence (June 2018).
- A written response (focusing on the jurisprudential concept of 'community', and the consequences of boundary changes for North Wales constituencies) to the Boundary Commission for Wales' consultation on '2018 Review of UK Parliament constituencies in Wales' (December 2016).
- A written response (focusing on the UK Regulations and judicial review) to the European Commission's consultation on Remedies in Public Procurement (April 2015).
- A written response to the Ministry of Justice's consultation on Balance of Competences: Fundamental Rights Review (January 2014).
- A written response (focusing on commercial judicial review and public procurement) to the Ministry of Justice's Consultation on Judicial Review: Proposals for Further Reform (November 2013).
Stephen is also regularly invited by Oxford University Press and Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group) to peer review publications and e-learning material relating to Constitutional Law, Legal Skills, Legal English, Law Student Employability, Mooting and Advocacy Skills.
Stephen also regularly posts blogs pertaining to Public Law issues, as part of his WordPress pages entitled 'Public Law Reflections.'
- 'Co-Investigating the Experiences of Both Legal Education Facilitators and Law Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic' Aberystwyth University Teaching and Learning Seminar Series (2021) delivered with Dr Ama Eyo.
- ''To Disruption...and Beyond': Strategies for Teaching Public Law During Times of Unprecedented Constitutional Change' Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Aston University (2021).
- 'Understanding the Experiences of Legal Education Facilitators and Learners During a Pandemic: Are We All in This Together?' Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Aston University (2021) delivered online with Dr Ama Eyo.
- 'The Future is Now: Community Building and Narrowing the Expectation-Reality Gap Between Legal Education and Legal Practice' 2020 Professional Legal Education Conference, Centre for Professional Legal Education, Bond University, Queensland Australia (2020).
- 'From Brexit to COVID-19: Revolving Legitimacy, Devolution and the 'New' British Constitution' Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Conference Public Law Stream, Exeter University, England (2020) delivered virtually owing to COVID-19.
- 'Supporting Law and Business Students' Mental Wellbeing in the Age of Resilience and Hybrid/Distance Learning' Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Conference Legal Education Stream, Exeter University, England (2020) delivered virtually with Sara Fisher from North Wales' Business School, Glyndwr University.
- 'Are They Hearing What We Are Saying?' Facilitating A Community Based Approach to Effective Feedback, Association of Law Teachers (ALT) Annual Conference, University of Stirling, Scotland (2020)- delivered electronically owing to COVID-19.
- A UK Constitution in Crisis?, Presentation to the Royal University for Woman Bahrain at Bangor University (2020)
- Great Expectations: Strategic Approaches in Teaching Towards Retention, Annual CELT Teaching and Learning Conference, Bangor University (2017)
- Expectations, Employability and Mooting: Is this the Real Life? Is this Just Fantasy?, Association of Law Teachers (ALT) Annual Conference, Portsmouth University (2017)
- With M. Parker, Home v International Law Student Expectations: Understanding and Embracing Internationalisations within the Classroom to Facilitate Peer-to-Peer Learning, Association of Law Teachers (ALT) Annual Conference, Portsmouth University (2017)
- International Mooting Research Skills and UK Moot Courtroom Etiquette, Symbiosis International University, Law School, Noida, India (2015)
- Judging Public Procurement Disputes: The Necessity of Commercial Judicial Review, Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Conference, Nottingham University (2014)
- The Silent Constitutional Power? The Role and Legal Limits of the United Kingdom's Monarchy, Renmin and CUPL Chinese Summer School, Bangor's Confucius Institute (2014)
- Justifying Commercial Judicial Review: A Public Procurement Case Study, Legal World Series, Bangor (2014)
- The Peer-Led Revolution: Achieving Internationalisation for Law Students' Benefit, Higher Education Academy Social Sciences Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Teaching forward: the future of the Social Sciences, Birmingham (2014)
- Closing the Expectation Reality Gap and Promoting Internationalisation: A Legal Studies Peer-to-Peer Learning Case Study, ADU Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Bangor (2014)
- Understanding Public Procurement Judicial Review: Beyond Government Consultations and Reform, Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Conference, Edinburgh University (2013)
- With A Griffiths, Law Graduates and the Legal Profession: Wales' Perspective, Conwy & Denbighshire Skills Forum, Denbighshire County Council (2013)
- Awarded a Santander Universities Mobility Award to research devolution comparisons between the UK and Spain in 2020-2021, £1,000 (2020)
- Awarded the Ernest Walder Scholarship by Gladstone's Library to conduct research into the future of the UK Union in May 2020 (2019)
- Awarded the Stan Marsh Best Poster Prize by the Association of Law Teachers, at the 52nd Annual Conference, Portsmouth (2017)
- Awarded the Edward Elgar Publishing ‘Best Poster Prize’ by the Society of Legal Scholars, at the 105th Annual Conference, Nottingham (2014)
- National Assembly for Wales’ Independent Remuneration Board research grant, Barriers to Standing for the Welsh Assembly led by Professor Dermot Cahill, Professor Kostas Nikolopoulos and Professor Catherine Robinson (2014)
- Awarded a Bangor University 125th Anniversary Bursary for PhD research (2011)
- Awarded a Drapers Company Scholarship for LLM research (2010)
- Awarded an Eric Kemp prize by the Ecclesiastical Law Society for achieving a first class grade in Law and Religion (2008)
- LBC News, Global Player, invited to contribute towards a radio debate with Nick Ferrari, LBC Morning News (February 2020) on the question of what has the Human Rights Act 1998 achieved.
- Sputnik News, Rossiya Segodnya, Russia, radio interview (June 2018), pertaining to UK constitutional law, Brexit and devolution.
- BBC Question Time Extra radio interview with Stephen Nolan, BBC Radio Five Live (June 2014), on Westminster's relationship and legal obligations to the European Union, focusing on principles of parliamentary sovereignty and the European Communities Act 1972.
- PhD Judicial Review and Public Procurement (Ongoing) Chaired by Professor Dermot Cahill, under the supervision of Dr Sarah Nason and Dr Ama Eyo, Bangor University
- Certificate in International Politics (91% Pass) The International Business Management Institute, Berlin, Gerrmany (2020)
- Certificate in American Government and Constitutional Foundations (77% Distinction) Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University (2018)
- Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy by CPD, CELT Bangor (2017)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Stage Two: Complete Award) Bangor University (2014) A Class Distinction awarded
- Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Stage One) Bangor University (2013)
- LLM by Research, Bangor University (2012)
- Certificate of Chinese Economics, Language and History, SILC, Shanghai University, China (2012)
- City and Guilds Professional Development Award in Legal Assistance, Level 4 (2011)
- LLB (Hons) First Class, University of Wales (2010)
- Certificate of Commercial Awareness, BPP Manchester (2010-2015)
Stephen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). He is also a member of:
- Political Studies Association (PSA)
- The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn
- Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
- The Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
- Procurement Law Academic Network (PLAN)
- International Bar Association (IBA) Public Law Group
- Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)
- The Association of Law Teachers (ALT)
- Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS)
- Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA)
- Academic Member of the UK Constitutional Law Association (UKCLA)
- Welsh Legal History Society