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Committee takes evidence on Judicial Review and Human Rights

15 June 2021

The ability to test the lawfulness of decisions and policies made by Government and other public bodies is an important element in the protection of human rights.

Recent UK Governments have consulted on reforming Judicial Review, prompted by the growth in applications for judicial reviews. There have also been high profile legal setbacks and defeats, notably the Miller cases during the Brexit debates. The 2019 Conservative party manifesto made references to Judicial Review in the context of the UK’s constitutional arrangements.

Lord Faulks QC recently chaired the Independent Review of Administrative Law which considered the role of judicial review in the UK. The Review concluded that there was not a strong case for “radical reform” of judicial review.

In this session, the Joint Committee on Human Rights is joined by Lord Faulks to explore how proposed changes to Judicial Review may impact how individuals are able to enforce their human rights.

Likely areas of questioning

Likely discussion will include:

  • How the recommendations made in the Independent Review of Administrative Law report, and the Government consultation document that followed, could affect human rights protections.
  • Understanding how proposed changes could affect the role of the courts in upholding the rule of law.
  • Considering the effect of proposed procedural changes on an individual’s ability to enforce their rights.
  • Exploring opportunities within the Government’s consultation to increase the efficiency of judicial review.


Wednesday 16 June 2021

At 3pm:

• Lord Faulks QC, Chair of the Independent Review of Administrative Law

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