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Judicial Review After The Independent Review of Administrative Law: Perspectives from Scotland and England

The Independent Review of Administrative Law


Virtual event


Wed 5 May 2021
15:00 - 17:00

The Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law presents

Judicial Review After The Independent Review of Administrative Law: Perspectives from Scotland and England


On 18 March 2021 the Government published the report of the Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL) Panel chaired by Lord Faulks. The process and context of the Report have attracted much comment from across the public law community, not least owing to its perceived motivations and terms of reference. That said, the recommendations in the Report were less contentious. The Government has published its response to the Report, and has launched a follow-up consultation, closing on 29 April 2021. Notably, the Government’s proposed reforms to judicial review go well beyond the recommendations of the IRAL Report, including proposals to strengthen ouster clauses and introduce prospective-only remedies. To discuss all these central issues in administrative law, ECCL is delighted to host two of the leading interlocutors on IRAL, Catherine Callaghan QC and Professor Tom Mullen. Both have engaged extensively with the IRAL process  - Tom with the Scottish Human Rights Commission here, and Catherine as vice chair of the Administrative Law Bar Association and as a member of JUSTICE’s Advisory Group chaired by Lord Dyson here.  We look forward to welcoming both to ECCL and continuing the conversation on the future of judicial review. 



Catherine Callaghan QC has been practising at the English Bar since 2000.  Before taking silk in 2018, Catherine was recognised as a leading junior in the latest editions of both the leading legal directories, Chambers UK 2018 and Legal 500 2017, for her expertise in public and regulatory law, professional discipline, civil liberties & human rights, and employment law. She regularly acts for the UK Government and regulatory bodies, as well as individual claimants, in the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court. Catherine was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of counsel from 2013 to 2018. She is also qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand. 

Professor Mullen studied law at the University of Glasgow (LLB, 1980) then at Harvard Law School (LLM, 1981). He has worked successfully as a lecturer in public law (1983-1992), senior lecturer in law (1992-2003) and professor of law (2003-) at the University of Glasgow. He was for several years convener of the board of the Legal Services Agency, a community-controlled law centre, and has acted as expert adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Scottish Affairs (1996-1997).

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