Thomas Poole

Reader (Associate Professor) at the London School of Economics & Political Science

Law Department
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
phone: +44 207 955 6396

Thomas Poole is a Reader at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Tom studied Law at University College London, St John’s College, Oxford and Manchester University. Before coming to LSE in 2006, he taught at Nottingham University. He has held visiting positions at the University of New South Wales (2003-4 & 2005-6), the European University Institute (2007), Melbourne University (2008 & 2010), the University of Toronto (2008) and Princeton University (2008-9). Tom works mainly in the field of public law and constitutional theory.

Tom has written widely in the areas of constitutional politics, constitutional and administrative law, constitutional theory and comparative constitutional law. Current projects include: a conceptual history of prerogative power; a comparative and conceptual examination of the changing nature of administrative law in the ‘age of rights’; and an empirical investigation into the impact of the UK’s Human Rights Act on the higher courts.


'Judicial Decision-Making in the House of Lords in the Human Rights Act Era' (2011) 74 Modern Law Review (with Sangeeta Shah, forthcoming)

'Sovereign Indignities: Commentary on Jeremy Waldron's "Are Sovereigns Entitled to the Benefit of International Law?"' (2011) 22 European Journal of International Law (forthcoming)

'Judicial Review at the Margins: Law, Power, and Prerogative' (2010) 60 University of Toronto Law Journal 81-108

'United Kingdom: The Royal Prerogative' (2010) 8 International Journal of Constitutional Law 146-155

'The Impact of the Human Rights Act on the House of Lords' (2009) Public Law (with Sangeeta Shah) Apr, 347-371

‘The Reformation of English Administrative Law' (2009) 68 Cambridge Law Journal  142

'Constitutional Exceptionalism and the Common Law' (2009) 7 International Journal of Constitutional Law 247

'A History of Administrative Law Scholarship in England & Wales' in Armin von Bogdandy, Sabino Cassese and Peter M. Huber (eds), Ius Publicum Europaeum Vol. III: National Administrative Law in the European Legal Area (2010)

‘The Devil's Account: Men, Morals, and Constitutional Goods' (2009) 22 Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence  113

‘Courts and Conditions of Uncertainty in “Times of Crisis' (2008) Public Law 234-259.

‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Administrative Law in an Age of Rights’ in Linda Pearson, Carol Harlow and Michael Taggart (eds), Administrative Law in a Changing State (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2008) 15-44

‘The Return of Grand Theory in the Juridical Sciences?’ (2007) 70 Modern Law Review 484-504

‘Tilting at Windmills? Truth and Illusion in “The Political Constitution”’ (2007) 70 Modern Law Review 250-277

'Recent Developments on the “War on Terrorism” in Canada’ (2007) 7 Human Rights Law Review 633-642

‘Of Headscarves and Heresies: the Denbigh High School case and Public Authority Decision-Making under the Human Rights Act’ [2005] Public Law 685-695

‘Harnessing the Power of the Past? Lord Hoffmann and the Belmarsh Detainees Case’ (2005) 32 Journal of Law and Society 534-561

‘Legitimacy, Rights and Judicial Review’ (2005) 25 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 697-725

‘Questioning Common Law Constitutionalism’ (2005) 25 Legal Studies 142-163

 ‘What’s God Got to Do With It? Waldron on Equality’ (2004) 31 Journal of Law and Society 387-407

 ‘Bills of Rights in Australia’ (2004) 4 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 197-212

 ‘Back to the Future? Unearthing the Theory of Common Law Constitutionalism’ (2003) 23 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 435-454

 ‘Dogmatic Liberalism? T.R.S. Allan and Common Law Constitutionalism’ (2002) 65 Modern Law Review 463-475