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Professor Adam Tomkins

John Millar Professor of Public Law, University of Glasgow


Professor Adam Tomkins Professor Tomkins is an authority on public law. He has published widely on British constitutional and administrative law as well as on EU law. His work is frequently cited and two of his books, Public Law (2003) and British Government and the Constitution (2007), are among the most widely used authorities on British constitutional law in University law schools in the UK. He was appointed in 2009 as the legal adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution.

Professor Tomkins has written or co-written six books and has edited six collections of essays. He has authored more than 80 articles in various law reviews. Professor Tomkins joined the Glasgow University law school in 2003, having previously taught at St Catherine's College, University of Oxford (2000-03) and at King's College London (1991-2000). He specialises in constitutional law and has research interests in British, EU and comparative constitutional law, constitutional theory and constitutional history.

Additionally, Professor Tomkins has held visiting appointments at the University of Toronto, the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales, the Australian National University, and elsewhere. He has lectured throughout the United Kingdom as well as in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Malaysia, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

He has been a member of the Society of Legal Scholars since 1991 and has served on its Council since 2004; he has been a member of the Study of Parliament Group since 1998; and he is a founding member of the Scottish Public Law Group.

Principal Publications

  • 2007 - The Rule of Law in Blair’s Britain 26 University of Queensland Law Journal 255
  • 2007 - British Government and the Constitution: Text, Cases and Materials (6th ed) Co-written with C Turpin Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 845 pages
  • 2006 - European Union Law: Text and Materials Co-written with D Chalmers, C Hadjiemmanuil and G Monti Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1235 pages
  • 2006 - The Executive and Public Law: Power and Accountability in Comparative Perspective (jointly edited with P Craig) Oxford, Oxford University Press, 355 pages
  • 2006 - The Crown in Scots Law (in 'Public Law in Scotland,' edited by A McHarg and T Mullen, Avizandum)
  • 2005 - Our Republican Constitution Oxford, Hart Publishing, 156 pages
  • 2004 - The Constitutional Law in MacCormick v Lord Advocate [2004] Juridical Review 213
  • 2003 - Public Law Clarendon Law Series, Oxford University Press, 225 pages
  • 2001 - Sceptical Essays on Human Rights (jointly edited with T Campbell and K Ewing) Oxford, Oxford University Press, 420 pages
  • 2001 - Magna Carta, Crown and Colonies Public Law 571
  • 1999 - Crown Privileges (in The Nature of the Crown, edited by M Sunkin and S Payne, Oxford University Press, 1999)
  • 1999 - Responsibility and Resignation in the European Commission 62 Modern Law Review 744
  • 1998 - The Constitution After Scott: Government Unwrapped Oxford, Oxford University Press, 275 pages
  • 1998 - Devolution and the British Constitution (edited collection) London, Key Haven, 120 pages
  • 1996 - Understanding Human Rights (jointly edited with C Gearty) London, Mansell Press, 650 pages; reissued as a paperback by Pinter, 1999
  • 1996 - A Right to Mislead Parliament? 16 Legal Studies 63
  • 1993 - Public Interest Immunity after Matrix Churchill Public Law 650
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