Technology is rapidly changing how government makes decisions and the avenues by which people can challenge those decisions.

The UK Government already uses algorithms and big data to make decisions across a vast range of areas, including tax, welfare, criminal justice, immigration and social care. A sweeping program to digitise the courts and tribunals system is currently underway.

Through research, training and litigation, PLP aims to ensure that these changes deliver better public decision-making and greater access to justice.

Our ultimate goals in this area are to ensure that:

  • Automated decision-making is fair and lawful, and that meaningful public law remedies are available when things go wrong
  • The increasingly digitalised justice system operates fairly, lawfully and accessibly
House of Lords Constitution Committee Report
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House of Lords Constitution Committee Report

Two weeks ago the Lords Constitution Committee published the first of three reports following its inquiry into the constitutional implications of COVID-19. This first report covers the impact of COVID-19 on the courts and cites written evidence submitted by Public Law Project.…

Analysis: Government must disclose its decision-making models
Research

Analysis: Government must disclose its decision-making models

Writing in the Judicial Review journal, PLP researchers Jack Maxwell and Dr Joe Tomlinson say that courts are increasingly requiring government to disclose the mathematical and technical models it uses to make decisions.…

Rise of the Robots: Challenging automated decision-making in government
Events

Rise of the Robots: Challenging automated decision-making in government

An intensive set of short workshops split over three days from 17-19 November 2020, aimed at equipping public lawyers with the practical knowledge and skills required to challenge automated government decisions.