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LAWS2043 Public Law 2: Administrative Justice

Module Overview

This module, the second in Public Law, focuses upon the rules of administrative law which prevail in each jurisdiction and the conceptions of administrative justice. It introduces students to the relevant legal and non-legal frameworks, providing the necessary tools to undertake a critical consideration of these frameworks’ relative success in protecting and promoting ideals of administrative justice and, through that, constitutionalism and the rule of law. Tutorial activity will help you develop your skills in finding, reading and understanding complex texts, notably legal and non-legal sources relevant to the topic of administrative law and administrative justice in the context of both the English and European legal system.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This Module builds on your understanding and skills in Public Law 1 by focusing on the rules, principles and concepts which form the basis of administrative justice. The Module explores administrative law both in the UK and EU legal orders and the underlying connections between both when seeking of holding power to account through legal procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the constitutional background to, development of, and current status of administrative law in England.
  • the grounds of judicial review in England and Wales.
  • the principles which structure the competences of the European Union and the exercise of those competences by EU institutions.
  • the procedural rules relevant to the legal challenge of exercises of power by domestic or EU institutions, such as rules of standing.
  • the extent of, and reasons for, the divergence in approach as regards administrative law in the EU and in England and Wales.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • analyse legal and non-legal sources relevant to the topic of administrative law and administrative justice in the context of both the English and European legal systems.
  • correctly apply knowledge and understanding of English and European Union administrative law to a range of hypothetical scenarios.
  • critically assess the adequacy of the systems of administrative law and justice within English and European law in their own right and by comparing one with the other, along normative axes such as those provided by the concepts of administrative justice and the rule of law.
  • apply legal material to a range of new and hypothetical scenarios in order to demonstrate your understanding of the principles underlying that material.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate complex material, providing a reasoned basis for your agreement or disagreement with it.
  • understand and critically assess complex conceptual disputes and their translation into practice.
  • construct and present clear and coherent written legal argument demonstrating an appreciation of academic integrity


The following is an indicative list of topics covered on the module: 1. Normative accounts of administrative justice and related concepts. 2. English administrative law. a. The development of administrative law in England. b. The grounds of judicial review in domestic law: i. Illegality. ii. Irrationality. iii. Procedural impropriety. iv. Legitimate expectations. v. The evolution of approaches to reasonableness in judicial review. c. The process of judicial review: i. Standing in judicial review proceedings. ii. Amenability to judicial review. iii. Procedural limitations in judicial review d. Administrative justice beyond the courts: i. The tribunals system. ii. Ombudsmen and related mechanisms of administrative justice. 3. EU administrative law: a. General principles of EU law. b. Grounds of judicial review in the EU. c. Procedural elements of EU administrative law.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Two hours of lectures each week, providing an overview of the module content and, where appropriate, offering a detailed discussion of specific elements of module content. • Fortnightly seminars of two hours’ duration, in which small groups will discuss material read in advance – primarily cases relevant to that seminar’s topic – and discussion the application of the rules which emerge out of that reading. Learning activities include: • Directed Reading (as per distributed reading lists). • Independent research to add to core knowledge (where appropriate). • Preparation of answers to problem questions in advance of seminars. • Class discussion (including small group work). • Completion of a summative exam.

Preparation for scheduled sessions66
Follow-up work22
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Blackstones Statutes: EU Treaties and Legislation. 

Le Sueur, Sunkin and Murkens (2010). Public Law: Text Cases and Materials. 

Dadomo and Quenivet (2015). European Union Law. 

UK Public Law and Human Rights. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2.5 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2.5 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2.5 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Purchase of relevant set textbook(s) plus statute books (UK Public Law and Human Rights and EU Treaties and Legislation). Le Sueur, Sunkin and Murkens, Public Law: Text Cases and Materials, OUP, 2010 Stephen Weatherill, Cases and Materials on EU Law, 11th Edition, 2014 Blackstones Statutes: EU Treaties and Legislation UK Public Law and Human Rights These texts and statute books will also be used on Public Law 1: Sources, Principles and Institutions and on Public Law 2: Rights and Values.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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