Experiencing Asylum Appeals

There is ongoing concern that Britain’s courts are places that are overwhelming, disorientating and confusing for court users. Asylum seekers are some of the most marginalised people in society and existing research highlights the difficulties they face in disclosing evidence throughout the legal process. Without an accessible process, appellants may be unable or unwilling to…

17 Dec 2020


Proving algorithmic discrimination in government decision-making

Jack Maxwell and Dr Joe Tomlinson

Analysis: Governments cannot ignore risk of algorithmic discrimination Writing in the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, PLP researchers Dr Joe Tomlinson and Jack Maxwell say the trend is that courts expect governments to take responsibility for identifying algorithmic discrimination, not the general public.…

28 Oct 2020


Plus ça change? Brexit and the flaws of the delegated legislation system

Alexandra Sinclair and Dr Joe Tomlinson

The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union led to a tsunami of delegated legislation, provoking a re-examination of long-held anxieties about the role of delegated legislation in the contemporary constitution. In this report, we provide an account of Brexit delegated legislation from the 2016 referendum until Exit Day, arguing that, while the system as a…

13 Oct 2020


Digital Immigration Status: A Monitoring Framework

Dr Joe Tomlinson and Alice Welsh

This report scrutinises the Home Office’s case for the transition to digital-only immigration status, drawing on the prominent recent example of the EU Settlement Scheme. We warn that digital-only status is risky and call on the Home Office not to rule out bringing in a paper-based back-up. Based on our analysis of the tradeoffs involved,…

1 Oct 2020


Improving Exceptional Case Funding

Emma Marshall

This briefing provides an update to Public Law Project’s earlier report, Improving Exceptional Case Funding: Providers’ Perspectives, which was published in January 2020 just before the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the changing landscape of legal advice and how professionals are able to provide assistance to their clients under the continuing effects of the pandemic, Public Law…

1 Oct 2020

digital courts

Online Immigration Appeals: A Case Study of the First-tier Tribunal

Jo Hynes, Dr Joe Tomlinson, Emma Marshall, Jack Maxwell, Maria Wardale and Cecilia Correale

This report examines the transition to using the online procedure to manage appeals in the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).…

26 Aug 2020


Judicial Review during COVID-19

Joe Tomlinson, Jo Hynes, Emma Marshall and Jack Maxwell

The arrival of the coronavirus in the UK caused a dramatic shift from conventional justice processes to remote hearings in a matter of days. In this report, our Research Team documents the first set of empirical findings concerning remote justice in the Administrative Court during the COVID-19 pandemic.…

20 Apr 2020


Supporting systems changers through the use of collaborative legal approaches

Dr Jacqui Kinghan and Professor Lisa Vanhala

This report identifies key lessons from the first two years of a strategic partnership between the Public Law Project (PLP) and the Lankelly Chase Foundation. Established in 2017, the aim of the partnership is to bring PLP’s legal expertise to bear in support of the systems-change strategies of a group of Lankelly Chase’s partner organisations.…

14 Feb 2020


Quick and uneasy justice: An administrative justice analysis of the EU Settlement Scheme

Dr Joe Tomlinson

PLP has now finished phase one of its settled status research project. The first phase of research aimed to model how the scheme is designed, and to provide a detailed analysis of its possible strengths and weaknesses. The findings of this first phase of research are written up in a report by PLP’s Research Director…

16 Jul 2019


Using the law to address unfair systems

Dr Jacqui Kinghan and Professor Lisa Vanhala

The Public Law Project’s (PLP) collaborative approach to public law has featured in a case study of the landmark legal challenge to the personal independence payments scheme, a case that changed the assessment criteria for thousands of people on disability benefits. The research carried out by Dr Lisa Vanhala and Dr Jacqui Kinghan of UCL…

23 Apr 2019


Brexit, Immigration, and Administrative Justice

Dr Joe Tomlinson and Byron Karemba

Tomlinson and Karemba: Tribunal Justice, Brexit, and Digitalisation Immigration Appeals in the First-tier Tribunal The Public Law Project’s research department has published an article (attached above) which surveys operations of the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). The article has been published in the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law. It carries findings from…

27 Feb 2019

Briefings and consultations, Research

No deal, no appeal: A draft amendment to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill:

Dr Joe Tomlinson and Byron Karemba

The Public Law Project has written a briefing for policy-makers making an argument for an amendment to be made to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill currently before Parliament. This amendment will provide for a right of appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) against decisions made under the…

14 Jan 2019