This module involves learning about public law mechanisms for securing legal accountability and control of the exercise of public power. The module focuses in particular on the law relating to claims for judicial review and covers the following areas:
1. Introduction to the legal basis for control of Public Authorities - students examine theoretical debates about the ultra vires concept.
2. Use of the "traditional grounds" for judicial control of the exercise of public power.
3. The Human Rights Act 1998 as a basis for (a) limiting and controlling interferences by "public authorities" with "Convention Rights" and (b) remedying violations of those rights.
4. Making a Claim for Judicial Review - this section provides an introduction to various elements of the procedure for making a claim for judicial review. Topics covered include: defining and identifying which bodies and decisions are subject to judicial review; and locus standi.