School of Law and Politics

Dr Mike Varney



Mike Varney, Law School

Senior Lecturer

Learning & Teaching Director
Learning Technologies Co-ordinator
Tel: +44 (0) 1482 46 5735
Office: 441 Wilberforce
Qualifications LLB, PhD (Hull)


Mike Varney graduated from Hull University with a first class honours degree in Law, and completed his PhD in 2005. Mike contributes to the teaching of a number of undergraduate modules in the Law School and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2005. He serves as the Law School’s e-learning co-ordinator and has an interest in all aspects of e-learning, with particular focus on e-feedback as a way of improving the student experience of feedback.Law Lecturer of the Year logo

Over the years, Mike has worked as a consultant to Transport for London, The Guardian and a number of other private firms. He has also provided training to judges and civil servants both in the UK and Europe. Mike has experience as an external examiner at a range of institutions, including King’s College London, Liverpool John Moores University and SOAS. Mike serves as book reviews editor for the journal European Public Law and regularly serves as a peer-reviewer for legal journals.


Mike Varney was named the winner of the LawCareers.Net Law Lecturer of the Year 2015, in recognition of his inspiring and engaging teaching. His commitment to learning technologies resulted in another award in 2015, for Innovative Teaching, at the Hull University Union Student-Led Teaching Awards (HUUSLTA). He was also nominated for a HUUSLTA award in 2014, for best feedback. 

Selected Publications


  • Panara C and Varney M (eds), Local Government in Europe: The 'fourth level' in the EU multi-layered system of governance (Routledge 2013)
  • Birkinshaw P and Varney M, Government and Information: The Law Relating to Access, Disclosure and their Regulation (4th edn, Bloomsbury Professional 2011)
  • Birkinshaw P and Varney M (eds), The EU Legal Order after Lisbon (Kluwer Law International 2010)
  • Feintuck M and Varney M, Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law (2nd edn, Edinburgh University Press 2006)

Chapters in edited collections

  • Varney M, ‘‘Brexit’ and Welsh Devolution: The Likely Impact’ in Birkinshaw P and Biondi A (eds), Britain Alone The Implications and Consequences of United Kingdom Exit from the EU (Kluwer Law International 2016)
  • Birkinshaw P and Varney M, ‘Britain Alone Constitutionally: Brexit and Restitutio in Integrum’ in Birkinshaw P and Biondi A (eds), Britain Alone The Implications and Consequences of United Kingdom Exit from the EU (Kluwer Law International 2016)
  • Varney M, ‘Local Government in England: Localism delivered?’ in Panara C and Varney M (eds), Local Government in Europe: The 'fourth level' in the EU multi-layered system of governance (Routledge 2013)
  • Varney M, ‘Services, Consumer Information and Remedies in the Electronic Communications Sector: A Yet Unanswered Challenge?’ in Twigg-Flesner C and Villalta-Puig G (eds), The Boundaries of Commercial and Trade Law (Sellier 2011)


Mike Varney has a broad interest in administrative law (both domestic and European), the law on access to information, media law and aspects of public procurement law. He also contributes to Boyle and Birds on Company Law.

His PhD thesis examined the approach of the EC's 'New Regulatory Framework' on electronic communications to the ownership and regulation of networks suitable for the transmission of television broadcasts. The thesis considered ways in which regulation might be conceived of in order to foster greater pluralism and diversity in media content. Since then, he has developed his research in areas of administrative law and company law, with particular focus on access to information, local government law, judicial review and aspects of public procurement, particularly electronic public procurement.

Current Projects

Mike is involved in the project to create the Ius Commune casebook on Administrative Law. This project involves colleagues from Germany, the Netherlands, France and the UK, co-ordinated by Prof. Chris Backes and Prof. Mariolina Eliantonio at Maastricht University.

Mike is working on a number of publications. He is in the process of completing (with Rick Canavan) a book on electronic public procurement, to be published by Edward Elgar. He is also working on publications relating to the impact of ‘Brexit’ on the devolution settlement in the UK and a number of contributions to edited collections.

PhD Supervision

Mike enjoys the process of PhD supervision and has been involved in a number of projects in the past ten years. The topics supervised have been varied and include the development of administrative law in Saudi Arabia, the role of civil regulation in the Nigerian oil and gas industry and the regulation of foreign direct investment in Libya.

He would welcome enquiries from those wishing to read for a PhD degree in any of the areas where he has research interests.



  • Public Law and Administration (Convenor)
  • Employment Law (Convenor)
  • Competition Law and Policy (Convenor)
  • Company Law
  • Principles of Commercial Law
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