Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas


  • Professor of Public Law, Law
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My teaching responsbilities include: public law; constitutional reform, and administrative law; .

I am available to supervise postgraduate research in public/administrative law and immigration and asylum law.

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LL.B. 1995 (Cardiff University), Ph.D. 1998 (Nottingham University)

I joined the School of Law in 1998 after undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Cardiff and Nottingham universities.

As an administrative lawyer, my research interests lie in the following areas: law and administrative organizations; administrative tribunals and other redress mechanisms; judicial review; and administrative rule-making, administrative law and institutional and constitutional design; asylum and immigration law; and administrative justice.

In 2003-04, I acted as a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Select Committee with regard to the following inquiries: Immigration and Asylum: the Government's proposed changes to publicly funded immigration and asylum work (2002-03 HC 1171) and Asylum and Immigration Appeals (2003-04 HC 211).

In 2011, I was appointed as Professor of Public Law.


Research interests

My research interests are in the fields of public and administrative law. More specifically, I am interested in the following topics and areas of administrative law:

  • Administrative justice, in particular administrative tribunals and adjudication
  • Administrative rule-making
  • Law, administrative organizations, and institutional and constitutional design
  • Law and public policy implementation
  • Administrative accountability
  • Asylum and immigration law

I have a  particular interest in immigration and asylum as a substantive area of law. In 2001, I was seconded to the Home Office to undertake empirical research into immigration appeals and the use of judicial review by asylum applicants. I have received external funding from the British Academy and the Nuffield Foundation to support empirical research into asylum appeals. In 2007-2010, I undertook an empirical research project into the procedure and determination of asylum appeals by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. This project was funded by the Nuffield Foundation and the book "Administrative Justice and Asylum Appeals" was published by Hart Publishing in 2011. This book was awarded the first place in the Society of Legal Scholar's Peter Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship, 2011. I have also co-authored an advanced textbook entitled "Public Law" with Dr Mark Elliott (University of Cambridge), the 3rd edition of which was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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