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Human Rights, Civil Liberties & Public Law
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Course Aims:

This podcast aims to inform the listener of the current state of the law in this area, and also to highlight the potential problems with the current law. It encourages the listener to engage in active criticism of the law, and carefully considers the arguments underpinning each side of the debate.

After completing the course you will:
  • Be up to date with the law on what constitutes a "public body";
  • Understand the significance of this definition;
  • Be aware of the arguments on either side with regards to what should constitute a "public body";
  • Be able to criticise the current law, and highlight problem areas.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Case Update
Legislative Updates
Sources and References:
  • Human Rights Act 1998;
  • National Assistance Act 1948;
  • YL v Birmingham City Council [2007] UKHL 27;
  • Aston Cantlow and Wilmcote with Billesley Parochial Church Council v Wallbank [2001] EWCA Civ 713;
  • Pepper v Hart [1993] AC 593;
  • Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association Ltd v Donoghue [2001] EWCA Civ 595;
  • R v Panel on Take-overs and Mergers, Ex p Datafin plc [1987] QB 815;
  • R (Heather) v Leonard Cheshire Foundation [2001] EWHC Admin 429;
  • R v Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey Club, Ex p Aga Khan [1993] 1 WLR 909;
  • Cameron v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd [2006] EWHC 1133 (QB);
  • R (on the application of Weaver) v London and Quadrant Housing Trust [2008] EWHC 1377 (Admin).

This content discusses and analyses what constitutes a "public body" for the purposes of judicial review and section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998. It considers recent case-law on the issue and draws conclusions on the current law.

Podcast Added: 22/12/2008

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-03-28

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