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Joe Tomlinson



Dr Joe Tomlinson
LLB (Manchester) PhD (Manchester)

Senior Lecturer in Public Law

I joined York Law School as Senior Lecturer in Public Law in 2019. Before that, I was Lecturer in Public Law at King’s College London and the University of Sheffield. I have held visiting positions at Melbourne Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School.

Through my research, I am engaged closely in the development of administrative justice policy and practice. I work extensively with legal practitioners, government, in Parliament, and with the charity sector (including acting as Research Director for the Public Law Project). My work has been cited by courts (including the UK Supreme Court), used in strategic litigation, has been the basis of a Law Commission reform project, and relied on by policymakers. I also sit on the Administrative Justice Council’s Academic Panel and was an ESRC Parliamentary Academic Fellow, supporting the Justice Committee’s inquiry into courts and tribunals reform.

During my Ph.D, I taught at the University of Manchester. I also worked in the President’s Cabinet at the EFTA Court, as Legal Assistant to Gerard McDermott QC, and at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.



My research is concerned with public law and administrative justice: how government makes decisions and how they can be challenged. It is particularly focused on the increasing role of technology in the administrative state and the justice system.

My research has covered topics including the growth of administrative review, immigration judicial review, the EU Settlement Scheme, the protection of legitimate expectations, crowdfunding of judicial review, and the introduction of online tribunals.

I am involved in multiple collaborative international projects. Currently, these include editing the Oxford Handbook of Administrative Justice and a collection on Researching Public Law in Common Law Systems. I am also undertaking a project with Australian researchers on evidence in public law adjudication.

My work has been funded by a range of bodies, including the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.  


Selected publications

  • J. Tomlinson and R. Thomas, Immigration Judicial Reviews: An Empirical Study (Nuffield Foundation, 2019)
  • J. Tomlinson, Justice in the Digital State: Assessing the Next Revolution in Administrative Justice (Bristol University Press, 2019; open access) (with a foreword by Professor Carol Harlow QC(Hon))
  • J. Tomlinson, Quick and Uneasy Justice: An Administrative Analysis of the EU Settlement Scheme (Public Law Project, 2019) (with a foreword by Sir Stephen Sedley)
  • J. Tomlinson and R. Thomas, ‘A Different Tale of Judicial Power: Administrative Review as a Problematic Response to the Judicialisation of Tribunals’ [2019] Public Law 537
  • J. Tomlinson, ‘Foundations for a ‘secret history’ of judicial review: a study of exclusion as bureaucratic routine’ (2019) 41(2) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 252
  • J. Tomlinson, ‘Crowdfunding Public Interest Judicial Reviews: A Risky New Resource and the Case for a Practical Ethics’ [2019] Public Law 166
  • J. Tomlinson and B. Karemba, ‘Tribunal Justice, Brexit, and Digitalisation: Immigration Appeals in the First-tier Tribunal’ (2019) 33(1) Journal of Immigration, Asylum & Nationality Law 47
  • J. Tomlinson and R. Thomas, ‘Remodelling Social Security Appeals (Again): The Advent of Online Tribunals’ (2018) 25(2) Journal of Social Security Law 84
  • J. Tomlinson and L. Lovdahl Gormsen, ‘Stumbling Towards the UK’s New Administrative Settlement: A Study of Competition Law Enforcement After Brexit’ (2018) 20 Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies 233
  • J. Tomlinson, ‘The Grammar of Administrative Justice Values’ (2017) 39(4) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 524
  • J. Tomlinson and R. Thomas, ‘Mapping current issues in administrative justice: austerity and the ‘more bureaucratic rationality’ approach’ (2017) 39(3) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 380
  • J. Tomlinson, ‘The Narrow Approach to Substantive Legitimate Expectations and the Trend of Modern Authority’ (2017) 17(1) Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 75



I teach on the following modules: 

  • Foundations in Law (Public Law subject leader)
  • Legal Concepts
  • Undergraduate Dissertation (module leader).


I am happy to speak to prospective research students interested in pursuing research in the field of public law and administrative justice.

Contact details

Dr Joe Tomlinson
York Law School

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 6472