School of Law and Politics

Professor Mike Whitehouse


Mike Feintuck


Tel: +44 (0) 1482 46 5925
Office: 129 Wilberforce (West Wing)
Qualifications LLB, PhD (Sheffield)


Mike Whitehouse (formerly Feintuck) arrived at Hull in 1992 as a Lecturer, and has since been promoted to Senior Lecturer, and, in 2003, Professor. He has extensive experience of a variety of management roles within the School, and has made many contributions to managerial activity within the University more widely. From August 2006 to July 2009 he was Head of the Law School.

Until recently, his research and teaching activities were largely located in the area of public law, and in particular its application to matters of regulation, especially regulation of the mass media. From 2007-8 he served as a Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications for an inquiry into the relationship between news output and media ownership. He recently completed work on a monograph pursuing socio-legal themes in relation to school admissions policies and practices, returning him to an area of work he was first involved in some years ago.

He is the author of four monographs, one now in its second edition:

  • School Admissions and Accountability: Planning, Choice or Chance? (co-authored with Roz Stevens, Policy Press 2013)
  • Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law  (Second Edition, co-authored with Mike Varney, Edinburgh University Press 2006)
  • “The Public Interest” in Regulation  (Oxford University Press 2004)
  • Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law  (Edinburgh University Press 1999)
  • Accountability and Choice in Schooling  (Open University Press 1994)

He received accreditation as a Mediator from the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) in 2010, and has developed a public-serving mediation service under the auspices of the Law School. He also now offers an undergraduate module titled Mediation and ADR: theory and practice, and is seeking to build a research agenda in this area.

He is also Visiting Professor of Law at National University of Ireland Maynooth.

Selected Publications


  • Feintuck M, 'The Public Interest' in Regulation (Oxford University Press 2004)
  • Feintuck M and Stevens R, School Admissions and Accountability: Planning, Choice or Chance? (Policy Press 2013)
  • Feintuck M and Varney M, Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law (2nd edn, Edinburgh University Press 2006)

Parliamentary Publications

  • Contribution, as Specialist Adviser, to "The Ownership of the News", House of Lords Select Committee on Communications, 1st report of Session 2007-8, HL Paper 122-1.

Chapters in edited collections

  • Feintuck M, ‘Impartiality in news coverage: the present and the future’ in Harrison J, Woods L and Amos M (eds), Freedom of expression and the media: The Application of Legal Standards to Journalistic Practice (Martinus Nijhoff 2012)
  • Feintuck M, ‘Regulatory rationales beyond the economic – in search of the public interest’ in Baldwin R, Cave M and Lodge M (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Regulation (Oxford University Press 2010)
  • Feintuck M and Varney M, ‘Regulating media markets: the need for subsidiarity and clarity of principle’ in Birkinshaw P and Varney M (eds), The European Legal Order After Lisbon (Kluwer Law International 2010)

Articles in refereed journals

  • Feintuck M, ‘Regulating media markets in the public interest – principles beyond competition’ (2009) 6 Journal of Media Business Studies 63


Mike Whitehouse’s main research activity has been as a public lawyer, with his work focused on applying a socio-legal approach to issues relating to regulation. Much of his work over recent years has revolved around the idea of "public interest" and related concepts, as applied in particular to the environment and to media regulation. He has contributed a chapter on this theme to the Oxford Handbook on Regulation (2009). Prior to this, his major publications in this area have been the monographs "The Public Interest" in Regulation (Oxford University Press, 2004) and Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law (1st edition 1999; 2nd edition 2006, co-authored with colleague Mike Varney).

Mike's earlier research related to power and accountability in schools in England and Wales, an area of work he has recently returned to with a monograph titled School Admissions and the Law: Planning, Choice or Chance? (co-author Roz Stevens) published by Policy Press in 2013.

Following his recent accreditation as a Mediator, Mike intends to develop an academic research agenda in this area in the near future.

PhD Supervision

Prof. Mike Whitehouse would be interested in supervising research students on topics in:

  • theory, practice or regulation of mediation
  • socio-legal work relating to the mass media or public services such as schooling
  • regulatory theory and principle.

He has supervised students working on aspects of all of these areas, and on more general themes in Public Law.



  • Mediation and ADR: theory and practice
  • Legal Systems
  • Comparative Law
  • Employment Law

Modules Previously Taught

  • Media Regulation
  • Regulating Corporate Power
  • Public Law and the Constitution
  • Public Law and Administration
  • Environmental Law and Regulation
  • Legal Research Paper and Applied Legal Research
  • Civil Liberties
  • Government, Law and Economic Regulation
  • Common Law (including aspects of Contract, Torts and Criminal Law).
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