Joe Tomlinson

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Postal codeYO10 5GD
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

Research interests

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.  


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.