Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 2011

Main Areas of Practice

Administrative Law or Judicial Review
Defamation Law or Privacy Law
Human Rights


Gordon Anthony was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2011. He is a public law specialist who practises primarily in the areas of judicial review and human rights. He is also Professor of Public Law at Queen’s University Belfast, and author of several leading academic and practitioner texts on constitutional and administrative law. His book, Judicial Review in Northern Ireland (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2nd ed, 2014), has been cited with approval by the courts on numerous occasions.


1994; LL.B

1995; MSSc

1996; Dip EPL

1999; PhD

Member of the European Group of Public Law, Athens, Greece


Gordon has represented applicants and respondents in judicial review proceedings. He has also provided legal opinions for public bodies and NGOs, and is included on the list of Counsel who may be instructed by the Public Interest Litigation Support (PILS) project.

Notable cases include:

CM; in re application for leave to apply for judicial review [2013] NIQB 145, and

Doherty, Frances; in re application for judicial review [2014] NIQB 6



Judicial Review in Northern Ireland (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2nd ed, 2014)

Textbook on Administrative Law (Oxford University Press, 7th ed, 2013; with Peter Leyland)

UK Public Law and European Law: The Dynamics of Legal Integration (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2002)

EC Law for Northern Ireland Practitioners (SLS Legal Publications, Belfast, 1999)

Notable Articles

‘Public Interest and the Three Dimension of Judicial Review’ (2013) 64 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 125-142

‘Case C-406/08, Uniplex (UK) Ltd v NHS Business Services Authority’ (2011) 48 Common Market Law Review 569-579

‘The Devolution of Policing and Criminal Justice’ (2011) 17 European Public Law 197-211

‘Positive Obligations and Policing in the House of Lords’ (2009) 12 European Human Rights Law Review 538-551

‘Coroners, Controversial Deaths, and Northern Ireland’s Past Conflict’ [2008] Public Law 443-451 (with Marny Requa)