Research

At PLP we recognise the need to ground reform in independent and rigorous research, and research programmes are developed in accordance with our aim of improving access to justice for those most in need of it. To this end, our projects focus on the judicial review process and various aspects of alternative dispute resolution. Research is also undertaken to explore and develop policy reform proposals, and policy initiatives often stimulate the need for new areas of research. Similarly, the insights gained through the organisation’s casework, advice and training work are also utilised in its research work.

PLP has been, perhaps uniquely, at the cutting edge of action-based research that brings together academics, practitioners and policy makers to address central issues concerned with access to justice. Over the years, PLP has undertaken, or been involved in, a number of important research projects which have played a part in government policy formation and legal reform, and received national attention.

All of our published research to date is available in the research section of our Resource Library.

It is 30 years since I wrote the first proposal for a national public law resource centre. In that time, the PLP has adapted its shape and its work to meet new needs and accommodate new problems. Its survival and development are a tribute to the dedication of its staff and volunteers, as well as to the bodies that have believed in it and funded it.

Sir Stephen Sedley