Peer-Reviewed Papers

S. Thomson, ‘Mask Mandates for Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic:  An International Human Rights Perspective’ (2022) 50(6) Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 683-685 doi:

S. Thomson, E.C. Ip & S.F. Lee, ‘International Comparisons of COVID-19 Case and Mortality Data and the Effectiveness of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions:  A Plea for Reconsideration’ (2021) 54(5) Journal of Biosocial Science 735-741 (access accepted version online)

S. Thomson, ‘Ombudsmen As Courts’ (2022) 42(1) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 76-103 doi: (access accepted version online)

S. Thomson & E.C. Ip, ‘COVID-19 Emergency Measures and the Impending Authoritarian Pandemic’ (2020) 7(1) Journal of Law and the Biosciences 1-33 doi:

S. Thomson & E.C. Ip, ‘COVID-19 Emergency Measures are Hurting Democracy Globally’, 110(9) American Journal of Public Health 1356 (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘Letterhead Bias and the Demographics of Elite Journal Publications’, 33 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 203 (2020) (access online)*

S. Thomson, ‘Brexit, Boris Johnson and the Nobile Officium’, 12 Journal of Civil Law Studies 295 (2019) (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘Dare to Diverge: Time for Administrative Law in Hong Kong to Stand on its Own Two Feet’, 7 The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law 435 (2019) (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘Going Global: An International Profile of Legal Research in Hong Kong’s Law Schools’, 49 Hong Kong Law Journal 29 (2019) (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘The New Constitutional Disorder: The Unlawful Application of Mainland Chinese Law to Hong Kong’, 54 Texas International Law Journal 115 (2018) (access online)*

S. Thomson, ‘Judicial Review and Public Law: Challenging the Preconceptions of a Troubled Taxonomy’, 41 Melbourne University Law Review 890 (2017) (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘The Public Sector Ombudsman in Greater China: Four ‘Chinese’ Models of Administrative Supervision’, 39 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 435 (2017) (access online)*

S. Thomson, ‘Clutter and Cobwebs: How Administrative Tribunals in Hong Kong can learn from the UK’, 36 Civil Justice Quarterly 363 (2017) (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘The Doctrinal Core of the Supervisory Jurisdiction of the Court of Session’, Public Law 670 (2016) (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘Leave Without Delay: The Requirement to Make Prompt Application for Leave to Apply for Judicial Review’, 45 Hong Kong Law Journal 449 (2015) (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘The Nobile Officium: Still Relevant, Still Useful’, Journal of the Law Society of Scotland (2015) (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘Mixed Jurisdiction and the Scottish Legal Tradition: Reconsidering the Concept of Mixture’, 7 Journal of Civil Law Studies 51 (2014) (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘The Nobile Officium in Civil Jurisdiction: An Outline of Equitable Gap-Filling in Scotland’, 29 Tulane European & Civil Law Forum 125 (2014) (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘Scots Equity and the Nobile Officium’, 2 Juridical Review 93 (2010)

*Note:  papers marked with an asterisk were published in US law reviews which do not operate traditional peer-reviewed editorial models.

Book Chapters

S. Thomson, ‘The Enforceability of Ombudsman Remedies and Competition with Judicial Review’ in M. Groves and A. Stuhmcke (eds), Ombudsmen in the Modern State (Hart Publishing) (accepted for publication)

S. Thomson, E.C. Ip & M. Ramsden, ‘Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China’ in J. King and O. Ferraz (eds), The Oxford Compendium of National Legal Responses to Covid-19 (Oxford University Press) (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘Governance and Digital Transformation in Hong Kong’ in D. Feldner (ed), Redesigning Organizations: Concepts for the Connected Society (Springer) (2020) 229-238

S. Thomson, ‘The Impact of English Judicial Review on Scots Judicial Review: A Tale of Resemblance and Distinctiveness’ in S. Jhaveri and M. Ramsden (eds), Judicial Review of Administrative Action Across the Common Law World: Origins and Adaptation (Cambridge University Press) (2019) 81-97

Selected Other Academic Contributions

S. Thomson & E.C. Ip, ‘COVID-19 Exceptionalism and the New Normal of Authoritarian Governance’ (2021) Admin Law Blog (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘The UK Government’s COVID-19 legal strategy is compromising end-of-life ethics and human rights compliance’ (2020) Journal of Medical Ethics (blog) (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘The Systemic Inequity of ‘Letterhead Bias’ in US Law Journals’ (2020) Times Higher Education (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘Hong Kong’s Obscene Articles Tribunal:  The Tip of the Separation of Powers Iceberg’ (2017) Administrative Law in the Common Law World (access online)

S. Thomson, ‘Constitutional Codification in an Independent Scotland:  Is It Really Necessary?’ (2014) Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum (access online)