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Administrative Justice In Wales And Comparative Perspectives

10th September 2015, 9:00am-5:30pm – Reichel Hall, Bangor University

In association with the Welsh Government and the UK Administrative Justice Institute, Bangor Law School is delighted to announce an upcoming conference on the theme of Administrative Justice.

Lord Denning argued that doing justice between individuals and the administration is as important as doing justice between individuals themselves. Doing justice between individuals and the administration is the preserve of administrative justice and its importance, especially within a country like Wales with a significant state sector and public service culture, should not be overlooked. Administrative justice is an aspect of a broader conception of social justice and tells us much about how state views its relationships with its citizens. Administrative justice is also the first aspect of justice policy and administration to be largely devolved to Wales.

Across the UK, the newly established UK Administrative Justice Institute is looking to develop robust empirical research on administrative justice, to increase capacity by encouraging early career researchers into the field and inter-disciplinarity, and to strengthen links between stakeholders and the academic community with a view to identifying research needs and priorities.

This conference aims to support UKAJI in these objective and specifically to explore some of the key administrative decision-making procedures and redress mechanisms operating in Wales alongside comparative experience from other UK jurisdictions, and from European jurisdictions and international jurisdictions. Contributions will cover, for example, good first instance decision-making across various public sector bodies, and the roles of various tribunals, administrative courts, public services ombudsmen and commissioners.

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Marc Hertogh (University of Groningen), Associate Professor Jane Williams (Swansea University), Brian Thompson (University of Liverpool), Dr. Catrin Fflur Huws (Aberystwyth University), Christian Gill (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh), David Gardner (Administrative Court in Wales) and Dr. Sarah Nason (Bangor University).

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