mike varney

Dr Mike Varney

Senior Lecturer and School Academic Manager

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


+44 (0) 1482 465735

Mike Varney won the LawCareers.net Law Lecturer of the Year award in 2015 and has been nominated three times for student-led teaching awards, winning once.

He teaches a number of undergraduate modules in law, including Administrative Law, Company Law and Commercial Law.

Mike's main research interests lie in administrative law, local government law and aspects of company law. He also holds an interest in the teaching and scholarship of employment law.

He graduated with a first class honours degree in Law from the University of Hull where he went on to complete his PhD in 2005, when he also became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Research Interests

  • Administrative law (both domestic and European)
  • The law on access to information
  • Aspects of public procurement law (particularly electronic procurement)
  • Company law

Research groups

  • Worked with colleagues from Germany, the Netherlands, France and the UK on the project, co-ordinated by Prof Chris Backes and Prof Mariolina Eliantonio at Maastricht University, to create the Ius Commune casebook on Administrative Law.
  • Collaborates with Prof Carlo Panara at Liverpool John Moores University on comparative studies on the law of regional and local government. This work has been partially funded by a British Academy grant and has produced a number of 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, 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, Edinburgh University Press (2006)

Varney M and Birkinshaw P, ‘Britain Alone Constitutionally: Brexit and Restitutio in Integrum’, and Varney M, ‘Brexit and Welsh Devolution: The Likely Impact’, chapters in Britain Alone, Birkinshaw P and Biondi A (eds), Kluwer Law Publishing (2015)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


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

Research PhDs

Mike enjoys the process of PhD supervision and has been involved in a number of successful projects in the past 10 years.

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

Completed PhDs

  • Salah Fakroun, Legal Barriers to Foreign Direct Investment in Libya: A Qualitative Study (2016)
  • Abdulla Alzaben, Barriers and Possible Solutions to Saudi Arabia’s Accession to the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement (2016)
  • Kenneth Ajibo, Corporate Governance and Regulation of the Banking Industry in Nigeria: The Need for a Context-Specific Approach (2015)
  • Eghosa Osa Ekhator, Corporate Social Responsibility and the Regulation of Multinationals in the Oil and Gas Sector in Nigeria: Whither Non-State Actors? (2015)
  • Abdullah Al-Masfer, The Regulation of Foreign Direct Investment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the Spectrum of Administrative Law (2014)
  • Adaeze Ifesi, Legitimacy of Corporate Power: The Definition of Corporate Social Responsibility and an Analysis of Legal Perspectives (2012)

Current PhD supervisions

  • Salim Al-Kharusi, Constitutionalism and the Reform of the Omani Parliament
  • Zheng Zhu, The Implementation of Human Rights Protection in China: A Comparative Study


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the HEA (2005)
  • Student Led Teaching Award for Innovative Teaching (2015)
  • LawCareers.net Law Teacher of the Year (2015)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • LLB (Hull)
  • PhD (Hull)

External roles

  • Worked as a consultant to Transport for London, The Guardian and a number of other private firms
  • Provided training to judges and civil servants both in the UK and Europe
  • External examiner at a range of institutions, including King’s College London, Liverpool John Moores University, Sheffield Hallam University, Leeds University and SOAS
  • Book reviews editor for the journal European Public Law and regularly serves as a peer-reviewer for legal journals

Awards and accolades

  • Winner of the LawCareers.Net Law Lecturer of the Year 2015, in recognition of his inspiring and engaging teaching
  • Winner of the Innovative Teaching Award Award at the Hull University Union Student-Led Teaching Awards (HUUSLTA) in 2005
  • Nominated for HUUSLTA awards in 2014, for best feedback and in 2017 for innovative teaching and best feedback