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UKAJI’s submission to the Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL)

UKAJI submission to the Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL)

By Lee Marsons, Maurice Sunkin and Theodore Konstadinides

In July 2020, the Government launched an independent expert panel to review the law related to judicial review known as the ‘Independent Review of Administrative Law‘ or IRAL. The extended deadline for submissions to that panel is at 17:00 on 26 October 2020.

The IRAL’s terms of reference include potentially major changes to the law of judicial review, including: (a) the codification of the grounds of review and the amenability of public bodies to review; (b) whether the non-justiciability principle requires clarification and the nature of executive decisions that should be non-justiciable; (c) the nature of the grounds of review and remedies available; and (d) any further procedural reforms, such as to time limits, costs, standing, rights of appeal, and interveners.

Through three academics at the University of Essex – Lee Marsons, Maurice Sunkin and Theodore Konstadinides – UKAJI has decided to submit a response to this important review. Given UKAJI’s focus on ‘administrative justice‘, UKAJI’s response does not touch on every legal and constitutional issue that arises in the terms of reference. Instead, UKAJI has produced a submission that we believe connects this review to the broader administrative justice landscape in a way that may be ignored or obscured otherwise. In due course, the contributors will publish a blog post to UKAJI summarising the key features of this submission.

UKAJI’s submission is available here:

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