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.

The Public Law Project has transformed the local voluntary sector’s ability to challenge abuses by local councils and the local NHS. A decade ago we only had the Compact (the agreement between the sector and the government to ensure better working together). Now we have the ability to mount legal challenges when local public bodies let us down. I am proud of NAVCA’s partnership with the PLP, which has already trained more than 2,000 local voluntary sector leaders in the principles of public law.

Kevin Curley, (then) Chief Executive, National Asscoiation for Voluntary and Community Action