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Biography

I am an Australian lawyer with degrees in commerce (accounting) and law, and postgraduate qualifications in law from the United Kingdom and Germany. I am admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.


My doctoral thesis is in the field of comparative constitutional law, focusing on the limits to judicial power (non-justiciability) in US federal and English public law.

Prior to undertaking postgraduate studies I worked in Sydney as a tipstaff and judge's associate to two judges in the Compensation Court and Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales – work which regularly brought me to Newcastle. I subsequently spent a number of years working for various research and public policy institutes in Germany, the United States and New Zealand. Before joining the faculty at the University of Newcastle I was an academic visitor and research assistant at the University of Auckland and a tutor at the University of Sydney.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Law), University of Oxford - UK, 28/07/2012
  • Master of Philosophy, University of Oxford - UK, 08/07/2007
  • Master of Laws, Universitat Trier - Germany, 26/09/2005
  • Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford - UK, 11/06/2005
  • Lawyer, Supreme Court of New South Wales, 28/03/2003
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Western Sydney, 30/09/2002
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Western Sydney, 27/04/2000

Research

Research keywords

  • Administrative Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Jurisprudence
  • Legal History
  • Legal Theory
  • Public Law

Research expertise

Constitutional law, Comparative constitutional law, Constitutional theory, Legal theory (Jurisprudence), Legal history, Administrative law

Languages

  • French
  • German

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
180108Constitutional Law50
180122Legal Theory, Jurisprudence And Legal Interpretation30
180103Administrative Law20

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Law
  • Legal Theory

Teaching expertise

I teach and am the course coordinator for Constitutional Law, Legal Theory, and Administrative Law.

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Publications

No publications.

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Grants and Funding

No funding.

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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.

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Dr David Tomkins

Work Phone(02) 4921 8747
Cell / Mobile PhoneN/A
Fax(02) 4921 6931
Email
PositionLecturer
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Office
MC 160,
McMullin,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/david-tomkins