Stephen Clear 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.
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 andBlackstone’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
- 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).
- 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 and D Cahill, ‘Mapping the Frequency and Distribution of Judicial Review in Resolving Public Procurement Disputes’ (Forthcoming)
- S Clear, ‘Re-Impose Collective Ministerial Responsibility-It’s The Only Way To Govern’ (9 July 2018, The Conversation)
- S Clear, G Clifford, and D Cahill, ‘Cross-Border Procurement: A Framework for Success for SMEs and Publicly Managed Institutions’ (Forthcoming)
- 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 UKSC 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 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.
- 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 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)
- 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.
- Sputnik News, Rossiya Segodnya, Russia, radio interview (June 2018), pertaining to UK constitutional law, Brexit and devolution.
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