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Keith Bush

Mr Keith Bush

Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Politics

Welsh speaking


Fellow in Welsh Law in the Wales Governance Centre.


Keith Bush QC LLM (London) Barrister is a Senior Fellow in Welsh Law in the Wales Governance Centre (having previously been an Honorary Professor of Law at Swansea University). He was, until August 2019, President of the Welsh Language Tribunal, and has served as a Recorder (sitting in the County Court) a member of the Law Commission’s Advisory Committee for Wales and Secretary of the Wales Public Law and Human Rights Association. He is currently Treasurer of the Legal Wales Foundation and Director of the annual Legal Wales Conference. Having practised at the Bar in Cardiff for over 20 years, he joined the Welsh Government’s legal service in 1999, where he became Legislative Counsel, leading the legal team which worked on a number of bills relating to Wales, including the one that became the Government of Wales Act 2006. From 2007 until 2012 he was Chief Legal Adviser to the National Assembly for Wales.He has contributed to the Statute Law Review, the Cambrian Law Review, the Wales Legal Journal, the Journal of the Welsh Legal History Society, the New Law Journal and the Tribunals Journal and he frequently lectures and broadcasts on public law issues in both English and Welsh. He was, whilst at Swansea, Module Director for two innovative undergraduate modules on Legislation and the Law of Multi-Level Governance as well as contributing to Public Law teaching in both English and Welsh. He is the author of a Welsh language work on Public Law - ‘Sylfeini’r Gyfraith Gyhoeddus’ (‘Foundations of Public Law’) commissioned by Bangor University and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (the National Welsh Language College). His teaching and research interests include the legal rights of linguistic and cultural groups, federal and quasi-federal states and non-territorial constitutional structures. At Cardiff, he is a member of the team teaching higher degree Modules on Constitutionalism and Governance and the Law of Devolution in Wales. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel (Honoris Causa) in 2014 in recognition of his contribution to increasing public knowledge of Welsh law.