Associate Professor of Political Science
Professor Tolley’s research interests are at the intersection of law and politics. In recent years, he has written on courts in Europe, including the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.
- Visiting Scholar. Center for the Study of Law and Society, Law School, University of California, Berkeley, January – May 2011.
- Excellence in Teaching Award. Northeastern University. June 2003.
- Visiting Fellow. Wolfson College, University of Oxford. 1996-1997.
- United Kingdom Association for European Law. Recipient of the “European Law Prize.” 1994 Essay Contest on the theme: “The Legal Implications of Broadening and Deepening the Community.” March, 1995.
- International Political Science Association. Young Scholars Award for paper delivered at the 1989 Meeting of the IPSA Research Committee on Comparative Judicial Studies. Universityof Lund. Sweden. August, 1989.
- Paul A. McCoy Prize for Most Outstanding Master’s Thesis. Department of Political Science. The Johns Hopkins University. May, 1987.
- Graduated with Honors in the External Examination Program. Swarthmore College. May, 1984.
- “The Three Dimensions of Rights Protection in Europe’s Multi-layered System of Governance,” Global Community: Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence 2020, Giuliana Ziccardi Capaldo, ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022).
- “Mapping Europe’s Cosmopolitan Legal Order: A Network Analysis of the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Justice, and High National Courts.” Co-authored with Kristen M. Renberg. European Journal of Legal Studies. Vol. 13, No. 2 (2021), pp. 45-86.
- “Celebrating the ‘Idea’ of a Written Constitution: A Response to Sanford Levinson’s Constitution Day Lecture 2019,” 12 NE. U.L.Rev. 392 (2020).
- “Courts in Developed Countries,” in Robert M. Howard and Kirk Randazzo, eds., Routledge Handbook of Judicial Behavior (Routledge, 2017).
- “Judicialization of Politics in Europe,” in C.A. Smith, ed., Globalizing Human Rights: Emerging Issues and Approaches(Oxford: Routledge, 2013), pp. 66-84.
- “Jurification in the United Kingdom: Expanding the Judiciary’s Sphere of Influence,” in Charlotte Maas, ed. Juridification in Europe: Balance of Powers Under Pressure? (Brussels, Belguim: European Liberal Forum, 2012), pp. 61-76.
- “Judicialization of Politics in Europe: Keeping Pace with Strasbourg,” Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 11, No. 1 (2012), pp. 66-84.
- “Australia’s Commonwealth Model and Terrorism,” in Mary Volcansek and John F. Stack, Jr., eds., Courts and Terrorism: Nine Nations Balance Rights and Security (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011).
- Globalizing Justice: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Law and the Cross-Border Migration of Legal Norms. Albany: SUNY Press, 2010 (with Donald W. Jackson and Mary Volcansek).
- “Parliamentary Scrutiny of Rights in the United Kingdom: Assessing the Work of the Joint Committee on Human Rights,” Australian Journal of Political Science, 44 (2009).
- “Legal Controversies over Federal Judicial Selection in the United States: Breaking the Cycle of Obstruction and Retribution over Judicial Appointments,” in Kate Malleson and Peter H. Russell (eds.) Appointing Judges in an Age of Judicial Power: Critical Perspectives from around the World. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006.
- “Judicial Review of Agency Interpretation of Statutes: Deference Doctrines in Comparative Perspective,” Policy Studies Journal, 31 (2003).
- American Government: Conflict, Compromise and Citizenship. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2000 (with Christopher J. Bosso and John H. Portz).
- Courts of Admiralty in Colonial America: The Maryland Experience, 1634-1776. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 1995 (with David R. Owen).
- State Constitutionalism in Maryland. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1992.
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PhD, 1990, Political Science
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