Dr David Tomkins


Newcastle Law School

Career Summary


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

Teaching Expertise
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
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law
  • Legal History
  • Legal Theory
  • Public Law


  • German (Fluent)
  • French (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
180108 Constitutional Law 50
180122 Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation 30
180103 Administrative Law 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 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)
Co-authors Kate Lindsay

Dr David Tomkins


Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email david.tomkins@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8747
Mobile N/A
Fax (02) 4921 6931


Room MC 160
Building McMullin
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308