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Research interests

Jonathan’s main research is concerned with the law of charities, nonprofits and other civil society organisations (CSOs). He is particularly interested in the economic and social science theories that seek to explain civil society activity and their use as tools for evaluating regulatory rules. He has written widely in this area and is the author of The Regulation of Organised Civil Society (Oxford, Hart, 2009), which considers from first principles when it is appropriate to regulate CSOs and how such regulation might best be implemented.

He also researches broader issues of charity law and is the author of the forthcoming reissue of the charities volume of Halsbury’s Laws of England. In 2001 and 2002 he was invited to make submissions to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and the Cabinet Office Better Regulation Unit as part of the reforms that led to the English Charities Act 2006, and in 2008 his research was cited with approval before the Standing Committee on Economics of the Australian Senate as part of its review of disclosure regimes for charities.

Jonathan is currently writing a second monograph, on the principles of public benefit in charity law, to be published by Oxford University Press.

Research interests (short)

Charities; nonprofit and voluntary sector law; civil society theory; trusts


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