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Tom Webb supervises 1 postgraduate research students. Some of the students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

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Dr Tom Webb

Academic Fellow

Tom Webb


Tel: +44 1524 594570

Research overview

Dr Webb is conducting research into public law, particularly the theory of constitutionalism, and the use of complexity theory (a systems theory) as a critical device in law.  In addition to this Dr Webb has also written on the theory of autopoiesis.

Dr Webb is also interested in administrative justice in the tribunals system, particularly as regards immigration and mental health tribunals.

Research Interests

Public law (theory of constitutionalism, sovereignty, globalisation, public law and realism, public law and interpretivism), systems theory thinking (complexity theory, autopoiesis, chaos theory, ANT), administrative law (tribunal system, immigration & asylum and mental health tribunals).

Web Links

Law school staff page: www.lancs.ac.uk/law/Tom-Webb/

Academia.edu: lancs.academia.edu/TomWebb

Twitter: @Tom_E_Webb


Law and Systems Theory Network: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/networks/lastnet/

Current Teaching



Law 102/213c - Public Law (2009 - present)

Law 316 - Immigration and Asylum Law (one topic, Asylum Process)

Law 330 - Crime and Criminal Justice (one topic, Mental Health and Crime)



Law 205 Grievances and the State

Law 327 Jurisprudence



Previous teaching

Law 103r Law of Torts (2009-2013)

Career Details

Tom studied for his LL.B (Hons) between 2006 and 2009 at Lancaster University.  In October 2009, having secured funding through a Lancaster University PhD Studentship Award, he began a PhD on constitutionalism and complexity theory.  He successfully defended his thesis in May 2013.


Between October 2009 and September 2012 Tom was employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant as part of his Studentship. Since September 2012, Tom has been employed by Lancaster University Law School as a Faculty Academic Fellow (Lecturer).

Additional Information

Tom is the Part II Tutor for Second Years, Deputy Director of Communications, and an Admissions Tutor in the Law School.  He is also a member of Cartmel College SCR where he holds the position of Praelector (Vice-Dean).

Thesis Title

What can a complexity approach to the analysis of the theory of constitutionalism offer public law?

Supervised By

Dr Barbara Mauthe

Dr Sara Fovargue

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