Dr David Tomkins
Newcastle Law School
- Phone:(02) 4921 8747
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.Research Expertise
Constitutional law, Comparative constitutional law, Constitutional theory, Legal theory (Jurisprudence), Legal history, Administrative law
I teach and am the course coordinator for Constitutional Law, Legal Theory, and Administrative Law.
- PhD (Law), University of Oxford - UK
- Bachelor of Commerce, University of Western Sydney
- Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Western Sydney
- Lawyer, Supreme Court of New South Wales
- Master of Laws, Universitat Trier - Germany
- Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford - UK
- Master of Philosophy, University of Oxford - UK
- Administrative Law
- Comparative Law
- Constitutional Law
- Constitutional Theory
- Legal History
- Legal Theory
- Public Law
- German (Fluent)
- French (Fluent)
Fields of Research
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Newcastle Law School
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Chapter (1 outputs)
Lindsay KA, Tomkins D, 'The Judicial Scholar and the Scholarly Judge: Extra-Curial Writing and Intellectual Independence on the High Court', Judicial Independence in Australia: Contemporary Challenges, Future Directions, The Federation Press, Leichhardt NSW 168-182 (2016)