Freedom of Information

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The operation of the MP filter for complaining to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Robert Thomas is a Professor of Public Law the University of Manchester One of the oldest issues with the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) is the MP filter. People who want to complain to the PHSO about a government department or other public body must have their complaint referred to the ombudsman by an … Continue reading

Experiments in Automating Immigration Systems

Experiments in Automating Immigration Systems By Tatiana Kazim, Public Law Project and Equal Education Law Centre (South Africa) Governments around the world are embracing automated decision making (ADM). The potential benefits are well-rehearsed: faster, cheaper, more accurate, more consistent decision-making. Equally, the dangers posed by government ADM systems have been exposed by several high-profile scandals … Continue reading

Immigration complaints (Part II)

Immigration complaints (part 2) By Robert Thomas (University of Manchester Law School) This is the second of three blogs on immigration complaints. This first blog examined the key trends, features, and criticisms of immigration complaints. This blog looks at the outcomes of immigration complaints and discusses the importance of government collecting data on complaint outcomes. … Continue reading

The ‘Administrative Justice’ of Government Data Sharing for Research: a Primer

  The ‘Administrative Justice’ of Government Data Sharing for Research: a Primer   By Stergios Aidinlis   In April, at the annual SLSA conference in Leeds, I presented a paper based on my doctoral research on administrative data sharing decision-making in the UK. This post first presents the background of this research and then discusses … Continue reading

Opportunity – researching administrative procedures and guidelines

Expressions of interest are sought from experts in administrative law to gather data for the Protego (Procedural Tools for Effective Governance) project, which is an advanced project funded by the European Research Council – more on the project and team is available here. The commission is a temporary assignment that requires technical expertise in one … Continue reading