LLB Comparative Administrative Law

Student listening in a seminarModule leader: Sophie Boyron

Module description:

This module provides a framework for a reflexion on English administrative law and its evolution. It facilitates a critical analysis by students of a range of issues in English administrative law, using comparative and empirical data. Solutions of other legal systems (e.g. France, EC, USA) will not be used systematically but will be identified for their particular relevance to the specific point of English administrative law in issue. Empirical data taken from past and recent researches analysing the processes of Judicial Review will be used to allow a thorough knowledge and assessment of the procedural aspects of judicial review. The module covers the following topics:

  • Conceptual foundations of administrative law (Is the ‘fig leave’ v. common law debate still relevant?)
  • Constitutional framework
  • Claim for Judicial Review (Empirical assessment of the procedure of CJR – some serious questions)
  • Alternative to JR (Are alternatives to judicial review really suitable? Desirable?)
  • Jurisdictional error (the control of the courts over error of facts)
  • Procedural propriety (an instrumental or non-instrumental model?)
  • Control of discretion (Finding alternatives to Wednesbury?)
  • Legitimate expectations
  • Government liability
  • Public contracts (the contracting-out and the protection of the HRA)
  • Administrative law in a changing world



The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.