Tag: proportionality

Consistency as a free-standing principle of administrative law?

The importance of consistency in decision-making has been increasingly recognised in English administrative law. The Supreme Court’s recent judgment in Gallaher, in which consistency is said not to be a free-standing administrative law principle, is thus both surprising and questionable.

Q: How many Supreme Court Justices does it take to perform the Wednesbury doctrine’s burial rites? A: More than five

Twelve years ago, the Court of Appeal said—in R (Association of British Civilian Internees (Far East Region)) v Secretary of State for Defence [2003] EWCA Civ 473—that, given its perceived deficiencies when viewed alongside the […]

Book chapter: From Bifurcation to Calibration — Twin-Track Deference and the Culture of Justification

I am pleased to be able to share a near-final draft of my chapter in The Scope and Intensity of Substantive Judicial Review: Traversing Taggart’s Rainbow. The book is a collection of essays, inspired by […]

Proportionality and contextualism in common-law review: The Supreme Court’s judgment in Pham

  The recent decision of the UK Supreme Court in Pham v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] UKSC 19 marks a turning-point in the role of proportionality as a common-law ground of […]

The Rotherham case in the Supreme Court: Deference, reasonableness and proportionality

I posted here about the decision of Stewart J in R (Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. The case concerns a challenge to the lawfulness of UK Government allocations of EU […]

Human rights, proportionality and the judicial function: R (Carlile) v Home Secretary in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s judgment in R (Carlile) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] UKSC 60 (press summary) (judgment) raises some interesting and significant points about the role of the courts when applying […]

The Immigration Act 2014: Judicial review, proportionality and democratic deference

In my first post on section 19 of the Immigration Act 2014, I explained that it sets out to modify the way in which courts and tribunals determine immigration cases. It does so by directing […]