The University of York is home to a large group of administrative justice researchers, including scholars of all levels of experience.

Our research cuts across multiple policy areas, including immigration, social security, housing, local government, and national security. It examines a variety of processes, including judicial review, administrative decision-making, tribunals, and internal review.

Addressing contemporary social and policy issues by developing both theoretical and empirical understanding, our members have worked closely with legislatures, government departments, local government, courts, the legal profession, industry and civil society organisations.

Our overarching aims are to:

  • Establish York Law School as an internationally recognised centre for administrative justice research
  • Consolidate and build the administrative justice research community at the University of York, including by developing early career researchers
  • Provide a space which fosters the development of innovative administrative justice research and cultivates research agendas, within the Law School, the University, and the wider field
  • Be a resource for wider policy and practice communities seeking to engage with and develop administrative justice research

We'll be focusing on three areas:

  • Street-level administrative decision-making
  • Digital administrative justice
  • The citizen’s perspective

Administrative Fairness Lab

Our Administrative Fairness Lab is an interdisciplinary research group that conducts and catalyses ground-breaking empirical research on public perceptions of administrative fairness, particularly as it relates to marginalised communities.


Recent publications

  • Cowan, D, Dymond, A, Halliday, S and Hunter, CM 2017, 'Reconsidering Mandatory Reconsideration', Public Law, pp. 215-234.
  • Meers, JG 2019, 'Discretion as blame avoidance: Passing the buck to local authorities in ‘welfare reform’', Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 41-60.
  • O'Brien, CR 2018, 'Done because we are too menny': the two-child rule promotes poverty, invokes a narrative of welfare decadence, and abandons children's rights', International Journal of Children's Rights, vol. 26, no. 4.
  • J. Tomlinson and R. Thomas, ‘A Different Tale of Judicial Power: Administrative Review as a Problematic Response to the Judicialisation of Tribunals’ [2019] Public Law 537
  • Hunter, CM, Bretherton, J, Halliday, S and Johnsen, S 2016, 'Legal Compliance in Street-Level Bureaucracy: A Study of UK Housing Officers', Journal of Law and Policy, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 81-95.
  • J. Tomlinson, Justice in the Digital State: Assessing the Next Revolution in Administrative Justice (Bristol University Press, 2019)
  • J. Tomlinson and R. Thomas, ‘Mapping current issues in administrative justice: austerity and the ‘more bureaucratic rationality’ approach’ (2017) 39(3) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 380

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