Emeritus Professors

Professor Ellie Palmer LLB (Manchester), MA (Glasgow), PhD (Essex)

Staff positionProfessor
Telephone01206 873391

Before joining Essex in 1991,  Ellie Palmer had  extensive experience as a commercial lawyer.  She plays a key role in  undergraduate and postgraduate commercial  law subjects in the School.  However for the past ten years much of her research has been in the area of public law including administrative law, especially judicial review, comparative constitutions, UK public law/human rights and international human rights, especially socio-economic rights. Her leading monograph Judicial Review Socio-economic Rights and the Human Rights Act (Hart) was reprinted in paperback in 2009.

From 2006-2010 Ellie Palmer  was a Trustee of the Children’s Legal Centre based at Essex.  From 2004-2008 she was legal expert on the Commissioning Panel for the ESRC Public Services Program.  She has acted as legal consultant to leading human rights practitioners and NGO’s, including the Democratic Audit, Amnesty UK, British Institute of Human Rights, Interights and the Rowntree Foundation.  In 2007 she participated  in the Second UK High Level Dialogue on an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR) convened by Amnesty International-UK. In the same year she gave written evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee of Human Rights on a new bill of rights for the United Kingdom. She has recently provided FCO Human Rights and Democracy training for UCL Centre for Inernational Co urts and Tribunals.  In 2010 she was appointed  to an EHRC Expert Advisory Group to review the protection of socio-economic rights in the United Kingdom. 

Current research

Ellie Palmer's research is broadly concerned with issues of state responsibility for the protection of health and welfare needs in post-welfare democracies. The main focus of her work is in the  United Kingdom and mainland Europe. She has a particular interest in the use of international human rights standards to protect socially marginalized vulnerable adults and children living in poverty. She is currently Director of an  ESRC funded Seminar Series:  Access to Justice in an Age of Austerity 2011-2012. She is also collaborating in a Nuffield Project ‘The value of Judicial Review’ directed by Professor Maurice Sunkin, School of Law University of Essex.

Research interests
  • Socio-economic Rights
  • Judicial Review 
  •  Adminstrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Access to Justice
Teaching responsibilities

Current Teaching:

Director of Contract Law (LW101)

LLM Module Health Law and Human Rights (HLHR) for students on IHRL, IHLHR, MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights and MA in HRs & Cultural Diversity Courses.

PublicationsLink to publications for Ellie Palmer

Recent conference papers

' Poor Children Poor Adults : Human Rights and Social Justice in an Age of Austerity', Public Seminar Series, London Met University (HRSJ, Feb 2011

 'Beyond Arbitrary Interference: the right to a home?', QUB Annual Seminar, 60th Anniversary of ECHR, March 2010 

 'Protecting Socio-economic  Rights in the ECtHR,  BIHR, Nuffield Seminar Series, June 2009

'Assessing the main achievements and challenges of litigating ESR before the ECtHR' INTERIGHTS  Seminar, April 2009 

 ‘A Fundamental Constitutional Right to Administrative Justice or the Efficient Administration of Judicial Review?’ published papers, Cambridge Centre for Public Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Conference, Effective Judicial Review: the Cornerstone of Good Governance, Dec. 2008

‘Courts the Right to Health and a New Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom’ , Canadian Association of Scholars (BACS), Conference on Health Law and Policy, Canada House, July 2008

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