The Inaugural Northern Public Law Forum

The Northern Public Law Forum is an annual seminar series that will rotate around law schools in the north of England. The inaugural seminar will be held in 2018 at the University of Sheffield, with subsequent seminars at the University of Liverpool (2019) and the University of York (2020).

We are pleased to announce that 2018 seminar will be held on Wednesday January 31st at the University of Sheffield (12:30pm – 6pm). The inaugural speakers are Professor Carol Harlow (London School of Economics) and Professor Richard Rawlings (University College London). Professor Harlow and Professor Rawlings will present two working papers, on the topics of Brexit and the territorial constitution and the implications of digitisation on administrative law and justice. 

Professor Robert Thomas (University of Manchester) and Professor Alison Young (University of Oxford) will be the discussants.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  The event is free but places are limited and registration is required. You can register via this link. For any other queries relating to the Forum, please contact Graham Gee ( or Joe Tomlinson (

Launch of the Northern Public Law Forum

We are delighted to announce that the Northern Public Law Forum has been established. The NPLF was  established to provide an annual venue for scholars in the north of England to meet up. Each year the venue rotates. The first Forum will be held in 2018 at the University of Sheffield, followed by the University of Liverpool (2019), and the University of York (2020). Each seminar, taking place on a single afternoon, celebrates the work of a leading scholar (or scholars) of public law, and involves two papers being presented by that scholar (or scholars).

The Forum is managed by an Organising Committee, chaired by Professor Graham Gee and Dr Joe Tomlinson (University of Sheffield). The other member of the committee are Dr Adam Tucker (Liverpool), Dr Mike Gordon (Liverpool), Dr Se-Shauna Wheatle (University of Durham), and Dr Lawrence McNamara (York).

We are currently in the process of arranging the first Forum, for early 2018 at the University of Sheffield. Please follow this website (via the home page), or check back regularly, for more updates on that event.

We look forward to seeing you at the Forum!

The Organising Committee