mike whitehouse

Professor Mike Whitehouse

Professor and Mediation Service Lead

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


+44 (0) 1482 465925

Mike Whitehouse (formerly Feintuck) arrived at the University of Hull in 1992 as a lecturer, and has since been promoted to Senior Lecturer, and, in 2003, to Professor.

From August 2006 to July 2009 he was Head of the Law School. His research has focused on various aspects of regulation within a range of socio-legal contexts.

Accredited as a Mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in 2010, Prof Whitehouse has developed a public-serving mediation service under the auspices of the School of Law and Politics.


Research Interests

  • Mediation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Regulation - theory and practical application

Research groups

With Catherine Mitchell (University of Birmingham), ongoing research into the relationship between alternative dispute resolution and development of the common law.


Whitehouse M, 'Regulating Civil Mediation in England and Wales: Towards a 'Win-Win' Outcome', Mediation Theory and Practice, vol 2, no 1, pp 69-83 (2017)

Feintuck M, 'The Public Interest' in Regulation, Oxford University Press (2004)

Feintuck M and Stevens R, School Admissions and the Law: Planning, Choice or Chance?, Policy Press (2013)

Feintuck M and Varney M, Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law, Edinburgh University Press (2nd edition 2006)

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.


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Mediation and ADR: Theory and Practice
  • Practical Legal Skills
  • Public Law and the Constitution
  • Systems of Justice

Research PhDs

Professor Whitehouse welcomes applications in

  • Theory, practice or regulation of mediation
  • Regulatory theory and principle
  • Socio-legal work relating to the mass media or public services such as schooling

Completed PhDs

Prof Whitehouse has supervised to successful completion students working on aspects of all of the areas listed above, and on more general themes in public law.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • LLB
  • PhD (Sheffield)

External roles

  • Acted as Visiting Professor of Law at National University of Ireland Maynooth

Professional highlights

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 (2007-8)