Background The UK Administrative Justice Institute (UKAJI) was established in 2014 and funded by the Nuffield Foundation for three years (2014-17) to kickstart the expansion of empirical research on administrative justice in the UK. During that phase we built a community of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners involved in research on this important area of the justice system. UKAJI’s priorities during 2014-17 were to:
Our primary task was to consult on and produce a research agenda.
UKAJI Phase 2 Since January 2018 we have been funded by the University of Essex School of Law to progress the priorities set out in that research agenda and to work to establish UKAJI’s longer-term role.
UKAJI focuses on issues relating to:
UKAJI has developed a range of research resources for the administrative justice community. For example, you can:
UKAJI is a national organisation. Based at the University of Essex, UKAJI has a small part-time team of Principal Investigator (Professor Maurice Sunkin QC (Hon)) and Commissioning Editor (Lee Marsons), with contributions from individuals from several different universities, government departments and practitioner organisations. UKAJI is interested in the development of administrative justice in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland and UK-wide as well as in international developments and comparative research.
UKAJI is multidisciplinary. Academics working with UKAJI are researchers in the academic disciplines of law, economics, business, public administration, psychology, social policy and others.
UKAJI reaches across and within professions. As well as academics, people involved in UKAJI include: judges, ombuds, civil servants and members of the legal profession. We work with experienced academics running large projects, early career researchers and PhD candidates.
UKAJI operates online and face-to-face. Our online presence includes this website and blog, twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. We work with colleagues within the administrative justice community to organise and support workshops, seminars and other events throughout the United Kingdom.