Joe Tomlinson

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CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • York Law School
    University of York
    Law and Management Building
    Freboys Lane
    YO10 5GD

Phone: (01904) 326472

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Dr. Joe Tomlinson

Senior Lecturer


I am Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the University of York. I am also a member of the Academic Panel at Blackstone Chambers. I received my LL.B (Dean’s Award) and Ph.D (as President’s Scholar) at the University of Manchester, and completed my bar course as Queen Mother’s Scholar (Middle Temple). Prior to joining York, I held lectureships at King’s College London and the University of Sheffield. I have also held visiting positions at the University of Melbourne and Osgoode Hall Law School.

My research centres on administrative law and justice, and how it can be improved. It explores how contemporary administrative justice systems operate in practice, often with an emphasis on policy problems or systemic issues. As part of this, I am also interested in how these systems are perceived and experienced in everyday life.

My most recent book, Experiments in Automated Immigration Systems (BUP 2022, with Jack Maxwell), explores the problems with the deployment of automated decision-making systems within the Home Office. Another recent book, Immigration Judicial Reviews: An Empirical Study (Palgrave 2022, with Robert Thomas), provides the first major empirical study of the most active and contested area of judicial review litigation. Other recent books include The Oxford Handbook of Administrative Justice (OUP 2022, ed. with Robert Thomas, Marc Hertogh, and Richard Kirkham) and Researching Public Law in Common Law Systems (Edward Elgar 2022, with Paul Daly). My writing has also appeared in leading law journals, including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Public Law, and Modern Law Review, and has been supported by grants from a range of funders, including the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

My research has been cited by UK Supreme Court and widely relied on in significant public interest litigation, including R (on the application of Miller) v The Prime Minister and Cherry and others v Advocate General for Scotland [2019] UKSC 41 (concerning the prorogation of Parliament), RR v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2019] UKSC 52 (concerning human rights and social security), and JCWI v The President of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) [2020] EWHC 3103 (Admin) (concerning the use of paper hearings). I also sit on the Digital Freedom Fund’s Panel of Experts.

I have been invited to give oral evidence to committees in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords and, in 2019, I was an ESRC Parliamentary Academic Fellow. My research on administrative review systems (with Robert Thomas) formed the basis of a Law Commission reform project and I sit on the Administrative Justice Council’s Academic Panel.

I have worked with private sector partners on research initiatives, including a recent partnership on legal analytics with the leading law firm Mishcon de Reya.

My research has also been covered widely in the press, including in The Times, The Guardian, The Economist, The Independent, WIRED, and The Law Society Gazette

From 2017-2021, I was Research Director of the Public Law Project—a national legal charity—and led on the development of a research strategy within the organisation, building an interdisciplinary research team. I continue to work with PLP as a Senior Consultant. Earlier in my career, I worked at Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, in President Baudenbacher’s Chambers at the EFTA Court, and as Legal Assistant to Gerard McDermott QC.