Research at the Public Law Project

Many public law academics will be familiar with the research work of the Public Law Project, including empirical studies such as The Dynamics of Judicial Review Litigation and The Value & Effects of Judicial Review: The Nature of Claims, their Outcomes and Consequences. To mark a renewed commitment to undertaking high-quality and independent research on the public law system, PLP will be launching a new 2020 Research Strategy, with an introduction by Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC (Hon). This strategy sets out, amongst other things, PLP’s immediate research priorities

  • Online courts and tribunals;
  • Brexit and the Rule of Law;
  • Access to justice, in particular through judicial review and legal aid; and
  • Modelling casework-research synergies.

PLP will also be releasing a series of research reports in the next few weeks. These reports will cover topics including:

  • Public law in university law clinics (funded by the Legal Education Foundation);
  • The digitalisation of tribunals (funded by the UK Administrative Justice Institute/the Nuffield Foundation);
  • Setting up Exceptional Case Funding clinics (funded by the ESRC); and
  • Financial barriers to accessing judicial review (funded by the UCL Grand Challenges Fund).

Other reports and outputs—including research briefings relating to the ongoing LASPO review and a report on strategic use of the law— will also be published. All reports will be available via the PLP’s website.

PLP has existing links with many valuable research partners, including with universities and organisations, and it is an organisational priority to strengthen further these relationships, through both formal and informal collaboration. PLP is also looking to develop new research relationships. We are therefore inviting public law researchers interested in any aspect of PLP’s research to join us for a research event on Tuesday April 10 2018 at 7pm – 8.30pm, when we will be kindly hosted by DAC Beachcroft (100 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1BN). The event will cover PLP’s research aims and provide an opportunity for discussions over refreshments. The panel at the event will be:

  • Welcome – Dr Joe Tomlinson
  • Research at PLP – Jo Hickman, Director, Public Law Project
  • Research and Casework at PLP –Alison Pickup, Legal Director, Public Law Project
  • Researching with PLP: An academic perspective- Dr Lisa Vanhala, Reader in Human Rights, University College London
  • Researching with PLP: An organisational perspective – Varda Bondy, UK Administrative Justice Institute

Places for this evening are on a first come first served basis, so to RSVP please email bookings@publiclawproject.org.uk if you would like to attend. The PLP team hopes you can join them.