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Tom Hickman   TOM HICKMAN
MA (Cantab), LLM (Hons) (Toronto), PhD (Cantab)
Reader in Public Law

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Email: t.hickman@ucl.ac.uk

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Tom joined the faculty in October 2012 as a Reader in Public Law.

Tom is a graduate of Cambridge University (undergraduate and Doctorate) and the University of Toronto (Masters).

Tom gave the 2013 Stephen Livingston Lecture at Queen’s University Belfast, on intelligence sharing and human rights violations. In June 2014 Tom delivered a lecture on Bill of Rights reform as one of three invited speakers at an event on New Zealand Bill of Rights reform held at the Parliament Building in Wellington, New Zealand. He also gave talks at the Universities of Otago and Auckland.

In 2012-2014, Tom was a Fellow of the a Fellow of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law with co-responsibility with Professor Adam Tomkins for its national security project and the Centre’s influential responses to the Justice and Security Green Paper and the Justice and Security Bill. He also assisted in preparing the Centre’s responses to the Government’s judicial review reform proposals.

Tom gave oral evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Justice and Security Green Paper in 2012.

Tom is a practising barrister at Blackstone Chambers in which capacity he regularly acts in high profile cases including ten cases before the Supreme Court (and formerly House of Lords).

Past cases include representing AF in AF (No. 3) [2010] 2 AC 269 (fairness in control order cases), Binyam Mohamed in R (Binyam Mohamed) [2010] QB 218 (public interest immunity), Mr Lumba in Lumba (sub nom WL) (Congo) [2012] 1 AC 245 (immigration detention), Human Rights Watch and Justice in RB & U (Algeria [2010] 2 AC 110 (SIAC and diplomatic assurances) and pension campaigners in R (Bradley & Ors) [2009] QB 114 (status of Parliamentary Ombudsman reports). He also acts for central and local government.

Tom is currently representing the claimants in R (Hewestone & Reilly) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, concerned with the retrospective imposition of benefits sanctions by primary legislation, in which a declaration of incompatibility under the Human Rights Act 1998 was obtained in July 2014 (appeal pending).

Tom often blogs on the UK Constitutional Law Group blog and sometimes tweets as well.


Tom’s research interests lie in public law, human rights, national security law and constitutional law and theory. Tom convenes UCL’s LLM course, Aspects of National Security Law. He also teaches on other courses involving public law and human rights.

Tom is currently working on a legal historical paper on seditious libel and national security laws in eighteenth century England and a paper on comparative human rights adjudication.



Awarded the Inner Temple Book Prize 2008-2011 (new author).

Fox-Decent (2012) 62 University of Toronto Law Journal 133 (review article); Himsworth (2011) 20(4) Social & Legal Studies 520; James (2011) 21(8) Law & Politics Book Review; Masterman [2001] Public law 651; Gledhill (2011) (June) New Zealand Law Journal; Knight (2010) 69 Cambridge Law Journal 682; Metcalf (2010) 7(2) Justice Journal 82; Marlow (2010) 160 New Law Journal 1160; and reviews by Baroness Hale, Lord Collins, Sir Stephen Sedley, Elias LJ, Sir Francis Reynolds, reproduced in the Inner Temple Yearbook 2012-13.

Beloff (2011) Law Quarterly Review 127; Leigh [2010] Public Law 206, Otty (2010) 15(3) Judicial Review 282; Murphy, [2009] EHRLR 721, Greenhall, (2008) 6(2) Justice Journal 66.

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