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Amy Street authors The Constitution Society’s report “Judicial Review and the Rule of Law – Who is in Control?”

20th November 2013

The Constitution Society has recently published its latest report, “Judicial Review and the Rule of Law – Who is in Control?” written by Amy Street, who is its Resarch Director alongside her practice at Serjeants’ Inn Chambers.

The report was launched at an event held by The Constitution Society, in association with the Constitutional Law Group, at the British Academy. Amy presented her report, speaking alongside Sir Konrad Schiemann (former Lord Justice of Appeal and UK judge at the European Court of Justice), Richard Gordon QC and Bill Cash MP.

The Constitution Society says:  “Judicial review faces an uncertain future. The government’s proposed reforms in this area – not least, restricting who may bring a claim – are attracting controversy.  Our new report takes a step back from the heat of that debate to illuminate the broader picture from a constitutional perspective.  What are the constitutional implications of attempts by the executive to limit the ability of individuals or organisations to challenge its decisions – and the power of the courts to rule on the lawfulness of its actions?  What is the impact on the rule of law and the relationship between institutions of state? What are the potential consequences of altering the constitutional balance between our judges and Parliament? And why is this issue so important to the government, to Parliament and to lawyers?”

The paper is available at:

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