Dr David Tomkins

Dr David Tomkins

Lecturer

Newcastle Law School

Career Summary

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 different judges in the Compensation Court and Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales – work which regularly brought me to Newcastle. I was subsequently active in the field of research and public policy in Germany, the United States and New Zealand. Before joining Newcastle Law School in 2014 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, Administrative Law, Comparative constitutional law, Comparative administrative law, Constitutional theory, Legal theory (jurisprudence), Political theory

Teaching Expertise
Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Jurisprudence (Legal Theory), and Property.


Qualifications

  • 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

Keywords

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

Languages

  • English (Mother)
  • German (Fluent)
  • French (Working)

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
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
LAWS6007 Administrative Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 30/07/2018 - 9/11/2018
LAWS6023 Legal Theory
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 23/02/2015 - 5/06/2015
LAWS6006 Constitutional Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 26/02/2018 - 8/06/2018
LAWS6043 Advanced Legal Research Topic
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 26/02/2018 - 8/06/2018
LAWS4011 Property
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Tutor 26/02/2018 - 8/06/2018
LAWS5030 Jurisprudence
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 26/02/2018 - 8/06/2018
LAWS6023 Jurisprudence
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 26/02/2018 - 8/06/2018
LAWS5005 Advanced Legal Research and Writing
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 26/02/2018 - 8/06/2018
LAWS4001 Constitutional Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 27/02/2017 - 2/06/2017
LAWS6006 Constitutional Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 27/02/2017 - 2/06/2017
LAWS5030 Jurisprudence
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 27/02/2017 - 2/06/2017
LAWS6023 Jurisprudence
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 27/02/2017 - 2/06/2017
LAWS4001 Constitutional Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Lecturer 22/02/2016 - 3/06/2016
LAWS4002 Administrative Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 25/07/2016 - 4/11/2016
LAWS6007 Administrative Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 25/07/2016 - 4/11/2016
LAWS4002 Administrative Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 27/07/2015 - 6/11/2015
LAWS5030 Legal Theory
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 23/02/2015 - 5/06/2015
LAWS4001 Constitutional Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Lecturer 23/02/2015 - 5/06/2015
LAWS4002 Administrative Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 28/07/2014 - 7/11/2014
LAWS4001 Constitutional Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 3/03/2014 - 13/06/2014
LAWS5030 Legal Theory
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 3/03/2014 - 13/06/2014
LAWS4002 Administrative Law
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 30/07/2018 - 9/11/2018
LAWS5005 Advanced Legal Research and Writing
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 30/07/2018 - 9/11/2018
LAWS6043 Advanced Legal Research Topic
Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia
Course Coordinator 9/07/2018 - 9/11/2018
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Publications

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


Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Tomkins DJ, 'Implied Freedoms and Political Donations: The Unions New South Wales and McCloy Cases', Upholding the Australian Constitution: Proceedings of the Samuel Griffith Society, Samuel Griffith Society, Melbourne 41-75 (2018)
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) [B1]
Co-authors Katherine Lindsay

Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Lindsay KA, Tomkins D, 'Hail to the Chief! The Roles and Leadership of Australian Chief Justices as Evidenced in Extra-Curial Activity 1964-2017', UNSW Law Journal, 40 712-760 (2017) [C1]
Co-authors Katherine Lindsay

Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Tomkins DJ, Ekins R, 'Constitutional Theory for the Constitutional Review', Maxim Institute, 12 (2013)
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current0

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2015 Masters What Are You Barking At? Viewing Kable As A Doctrine Of Constitutional Criminal Law Constitutional Law, Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia Sole Supervisor
2015 Honours Conflict And Opportunity: The Free Exercise Clause Revisited Constitutional Law, Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle, Australia Sole Supervisor
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Dr David Tomkins

Position

Lecturer
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

Office

Room X-545
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus

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