Adam Tomkins

Adam Tomkins
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
Assumed office
5 May 2016
Personal details
Political party Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Alma mater University of East Anglia
London School of Economics
Profession Legal scholar

Professor Adam Tomkins is an academic and politician based within Scotland. He is the John Millar Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow School of Law and was elected a Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow in the Scottish Parliament election, 2016.[1] He is shadow cabinet secretary for communities, social security, the constitution and equalities.[2] Until 2015 Tomkins was constitutional advisor to the House of Lords Constitution Committee. From 2015 he has acted as constitutional advisor to the Scotland Office and Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell.


Tomkins was educated at Gillingham School, the University of East Anglia (LL.B., 1990) and the London School of Economics (LL.M.).[3] He taught at the School of Law of King's College London between 1991 and 2000 and became a fellow at St Catherine's College, Oxford in 2000, before being elected to the John Millar Chair of Law at Glasgow in 2003.[3][4] His research interests lie in constitutional theory and history, British, EU and comparative constitutional law, and republicanism.[4]

Professor Tomkins has published seven books[3] in the areas of constitutional, administrative and European Union law, including two, Public Law (2003) and British Government and the Constitution (2007, with Colin Turpin), which are amongst the most widely used by law students in the United Kingdom.[5]

Professor Tomkins was a supporter of the group, Republic, a British republican organisation advocating the replacement of the monarchy with a democratically elected head of state,[6][7] Tomkins published Our Republican Constitution, a republican re-interpretation of the United Kingdom's constitution[3] which claims that the constitution is deeply influenced by republican principles, despite its monarchic nature.[8]

Professor Tomkins has held visiting appointments at the Universities of Toronto, Queensland and New South Wales and the Australian National University, and has lectured throughout the world.[5] In April 2009, Professor Tomkins became associated with Ampersand, a stable at the Faculty of Advocates, as part of its Ampersand Academics link between practitioners and academics. Professor Douglas Brodie, former head of the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh, has also joined this project. In the summer of 2009 he was appointed legal adviser to the House of Lords Constitution Committee. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2014.


Before his damascene conversion to a Tory, Adam Tomkins used to be a socialist and republican.

During the 2014 Scottish independence referendum Tomkins was a leading unionist campaigner.[9]

After the referendum Tomkins was one of two Scottish Conservative representatives appointed to the Smith Commission. He has also been appointed as unpaid adviser to Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell during the passage of the Scotland Bill through parliament.[10]

In August 2015, Tomkins announced his intention to stand as a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Scottish Conservatives in the 2016 elections. In a blog explaining his decision, he was highly critical of the Scottish National Party's actions in government at Holyrood, and praised many policies of the Conservative government at Westminster, including Iain Duncan Smith's "outstanding" benefit reforms.[11] He was elected a list member of the Scottish Parliament for the Glasgow Region in the Scottish Parliament election, 2016. He sits on the Finance Committee and the Social Security Committee in the Scottish Parliament.[12]


From British Library catalogue (Accessed October 2015).


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