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Reimagining Administrative Justice: Human rights in small places

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Book launch: Reimagining Administrative Justice: Human rights in small places

'Grenfell, Windrush, Hillsborough – these and other tragedies bring into sharp focus the necessary partnership of social rights and the actions of the state.'

Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool invites you to join a discussion marking the publication of Reimagining Administrative Justice: Human rights in small places (Palgrave Macmillan) (https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030213879), written by Nick O’Brien, Honorary Research Fellow in the Law School, and Margaret Doyle (University of Essex). We are pleased to be joined by guest discussant, Mick King, Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman for England.

When: Wednesday 29 January 2020, 5-7pm, followed by drinks reception

‘By turns provocative, polemical and playful, [this book] is an extremely stimulating journey through the contemporary administrative justice landscape.’ Paul Daly, University Research Chair in Administrative law & Governance, University of Ottawa

Reimagining Administrative Justice reconnects everyday justice with social rights. It rediscovers human rights in the 'small places' of housing, education, health and social care, where administrative justice touches the citizen every day, and in doing so it re-imagines administrative justice and expands its democratic reach. The institutions of everyday justice – ombuds, tribunals and mediation – rarely herald their role in human rights frameworks, and never very loudly. For the most part, human rights and administrative justice are ships that pass in the night. Drawing on design theory, the book proposes to remedy this alienation by replacing current orthodoxies, not least that of 'user focus', with more promising design principles of community, network and openness. Thus re-imagined, the future of both administrative justice and social rights is demosprudential, firmly rooted in making response to citizen grievance more democratic and embedding legal change in the broader culture.

About the authors:

Margaret Doyle is a Visiting Research Fellow with the UK Administrative Justice Institute (www.ukaji.org) at the University of Essex School of Law. She is also an independent mediator in special educational needs and disabilities.

Nick O’Brien is an Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool Law School, and a tribunal judge in mental health review and special educational needs and disabilities cases. He was Legal Director of the Disability Rights Commission. His article ‘Administrative Justice in the Wake of I, Daniel Blake’ was the winner of the Bernard Crick Prize 2019 for the Best Article in the Political Quarterly of 2018.

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