Professor Adam Tomkins
- Professor - John Millar Chair of Public Law (School of Law)
Professor Tomkins joined the 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, as well as in aspects of constitutional theory and constitutional history. In 2009 he was appointed a legal adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. Adam was elected as an MSP for the Conservative Party in 2016 and currently holds the post of shadow cabinet secretary for communities, social security, the constitution and equalities in the Scottish Parliament. He retains a part-time position as the John Millar Professor of Public Law at the School of Law.
Among his books are two of the best-selling and leading works on British constitutional law: Public Law (OUP, 2003) and British Government and the Constitution (CUP, 7th ed 2011). His work has been cited in leading House of Lords case law. In 2010 he gave expert evidence in a case concerning freedom of information and the constitutional position of the Prince of Wales. His evidence on the sovereignty of Parliament was extensively cited in the House of Commons during the legislative passage of the European Union Bill (2010-11).
He has lectured throughout the United Kingdom, as well as in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States. He was a founding member of the Scottish Public Law Group, and he maintains close connections with public law practitioners at the Faculty of Advocates and at the English bar.
All areas of public law, but especially constitutional law. National security and counter-terrorism law. Judicial review and the constitutional role of the courts. Parliament: law-making, scrutiny and accountability. Human rights law. The constitutional and administrative law of the European Union. Aspects of constitutional theory, especially republicanism and political constitutionalism. Aspects of the history of constitutional law, especially UK constitutional law post-1600.
Tomkins, A. (2011) Parliament, human rights and counter-terrorism. In: Campbell, T., Ewing, K.D. and Tomkins, A. (eds.) The Legal Protection of Human Rights: Sceptical Essays. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 13-39. ISBN 9780199606085
Tomkins, A. (2010) National security and the role of the court: a changed landscape? Law Quarterly Review, 126, 543 -567.
Tomkins, A. (2010) The Role of the Courts in the Political Constitution. University of Toronto Law Journal, 60(1), pp. 1-22. (doi:10.3138/utlj.60.1.1)
Research Students Under Supervision
Graeme Cowie - 'Sovereignty, Secession and Constituent Power: Who decides, and how do we decide who decides?'
Tarik Olcay - 'The limits of constitutional amendment'
Thomas Raine - 'The UK Constitution and a Culture of Justification'