Professor Adam Tomkins
- Professor - John Millar Chair of Public Law (School of Law)
R406 Level 4, Law, 6 The Square, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Professor Tomkins joined the law school as John Millar Professor of Public Law 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 and comparative constitutional law, as well as in aspects of constitutional theory and constitutional history.
Among his books are two of the 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).
In 2009 he was appointed legal adviser to the House of Lords Constitution Committee, a position he retained for six years. In 2014 he was appointed to the Smith Commission. In 2015 he served as Constitutional Adviser to the Secretary of State for Scotland. Adam was elected as an MSP for the Glasgow Region in 2016 and sat in the Scottish Parliament until 2021, when he did not seek re-election. In the Parliament he served on the Finance and Constitution, Social Security, and Covid-19 Committees, before becoming Convener of the Justice Committee in 2020.
Since leaving the Parliament Adam has been appointed as a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange (the London-based think tank) and he has a regular column in the Herald (every Wednesday).
He has lectured throughout the United Kingdom, as well as in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States.
All areas of public law, but especially constitutional law. The law of freedom of speech. Federalism, devolution, and multi-layer government. The separation of powers. The rule of law. Questions of sovereignty. 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 liberalism, 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)
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