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David Howarth is Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. He teaches on the MPhil in Public Policy in the Department of Politics and International Studies as well as in in the Department of Land Economy and the Law Faculty.
His research interests focus on the relationship between law and politics and on the political and other functions of the legal profession. His most recent published work looks at the decline of lawyers in the British House of Commons. His recent book Law as Engineering proposes a reconceptualisation of law as a design profession concerned not with litigation but with the creation of artificial social structure. He is currently working on how UK non-judicial officials conceive of the basic norms of the UK constitution and on the politics of public law. He has also recently published on the reform of libel law. In addition he is still active as a legal scholar in the field of private law, especially the law of tort.
David Howarth also had a parallel career as a politician, serving as Member of Parliament for Cambridge from 2005-2010. Before that he spent many years in local government, becoming Leader of Cambridge City Council in the early 2000s. He is currently a UK Electoral Commissioner.
He was educated at Cambridge and Yale, in Law and in Sociology. He was William Senior Research Fellow in Comparative Law at Clare College from 1985 to 1987 and became a University Teaching Officer in the Department of Land Economy in that year. He remains a Fellow of Clare College.