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Professor Maurice Sunkin

Professor
School of Law
Professor Maurice Sunkin
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872560

  • Location

    5S.5.32, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 16.00-17.00

Profile

Biography

Maurice Sunkin QC (Hon) is a Professor in the School of Law. He is General Editor of the journal Public Law and an Associate Member of Landmark Chambers, London. For the parliamentary session 2013-2014 he served as Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. His past university posts include: Director of Research in the School of Law (2007-14); Dean of the School of Law (2006-07) and the Faculty of Law and Management (2006-7); University of Essex Appeals Officer/Ombudsman(2002-04); and Head of the Department of Law (1997-2000). He has been a Trustee and management committee member of the Public Law Project (2000-11). His advisory work includes acting as adviser to the Equality and Human Rights Commission regarding its report on human rights in the UK (2011-12) and as academic legal advisor to the Whitehall Working Group on Crown Immunity (2002).Before coming to Essex in 1989 he taught at the Polytechnic of the South Bank and served as Head of School of Law (1981-3). Professor Sunkin's principal research interests are concerned with access and use of judicial review, the dynamics of public law (including human rights) litigation, and the impact of litigation and judicial decisions on public bodies and the quality of public services. He also has research interests in administrative justice and big data and human rights. He has led Nuffield Foundation funded and ESRC projects on these and related issues and has served PI and Co Director of the £6m ESRC project on Big Data and Human Rights based at Essex. In 2018 Professor Sunkin was appointed QC Honoris Causa for pioneered an empirical approach to the law and in particular to the study of the use, operation and effects of judicial review in England and Wales.

Teaching and supervision

  • Foundations of Public Law (LW103)

  • Public Law II (LW203)

  • Current Issues in Public Law (LW209)

Publications

Journal articles (8)

Nason, S. and Sunkin, M., (2013). The Regionalisation of Judicial Review: Constitutional Authority, Access to Justice and Specialisation of Legal Services in Public Law. Modern Law Review. 76 (2), 223-253

Platt, L., Sunkin, M. and Calvo, K., (2010). Judicial Review Litigation as an Incentive to Change in Local Authority Public Services in England and Wales. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 20 (Supp 2), i243-i260

Sunkin, M., Platt, L. and Calvo, K., (2010). The Positive Effect of Judicial Review on the Quality of Local Government. Judicial Review. 15 (4), 337-342

Nason, S., Hardy, D. and Sunkin, M., (2010). Regionalisation of the Administrative Court and Access to Justice. Judicial Review. 15 (3), 220-227

Sunkin, M. and Bondy, V., (2009). Settlement in Judicial Review proceedings. Public Law. 2009, 237-259

Bondy, V. and Sunkin, M., (2009). The Use of Statistics in Proposing Reforms to the Public Funding of Judicial Review Litigation: A Critical View. Judicial Review. 14 (4), 372-379

Sunkin, M. and Bondy, V., (2008). Accessing Judicial Review. Public Law. 2008, 647-667

Sunkin, M., Calvo, K., Platt, L. and Landman, T., (2007). Mapping the Impact of Judicial Review on the Quality of Local Authority Services in England & Wales. Public Law. Autumn, 545-567

Books (6)

Juss, S. and Sunkin, M., (2017). Landmark Cases in Public Law. Hart Publishing. 9781849466035

Le Sueur, A., Sunkin, M. and Murkens, JEK., (2016). Public Law Text, Cases, and Materials (Third edition). Oxford University Press (OUP). 9780198735380

Bondy, V., Platt, L. and Sunkin, M., (2015). The Value and Effects of Judicial Review: The Nature of Claims, their Outcomes and Consequences. Public Law Project. 9781898421160

Le Sueur, A., Sunkin, M. and Murkens, J., (2013). Public Law: Text Cases and Materials (2nd edition). Oxford University Press. 978-0-19-964418-6

Le Sueur, A., Sunkin, M. and Murkens, J., (2010). Public Law: Text Cases and Materials. Oxford University Press. 9780199284191

Bondy, V. and Sunkin, M., (2009). The Dynamics of Judicial Review Litigation: The resolution of public law challenges before final hearing. Public Law Project

Book chapters (7)

Sunkin, M., (2017). Padfield v Ministry of Agriculture: significance and implications for the development of Public Law. Editors: Juss, S. and Sunkin, M., . Hart Publishing. 9781849466035

Sunkin, M. and Bondy, V., (2016). The Use and Effects of Judicial Review: Assumptions and the Empirical Evidence. In: Public Law Adjudication in Common Law Systems Process and Substance. Editors: Bell, J., Elliott, M., Varuhas, JNE. and Murray, P., . Hart Publishing. 9781849469913

Sunkin, M., (2015). The impact of public law litigation. In: The Cambridge Companion to Public Law. Editors: Elliott, M. and Feldman, D., . Cambridge University Press. 236- 255. 9781107655096

Sunkin, M., (2009). Grounds for Judicial Review: Illegality in the Strict Sense. In: English Public Law (Second Edition ). Editors: Feldman, D., . Oxford University Press. 615- 665. 9780199227938

Sunkin, M., (2009). Remedies Available in Juducial Review Proceedings. In: English Public Law (Second Edition ). Editors: Feldman, D., . Oxford University Press. 793- 824. 9780199227938

Sunkin, M., (2008). The Crown. In: The New Oxford Companion to Law. Editors: Cane, P. and Conaghan, J., . Oxford University Press. 9780199290543

Sunkin, M., (2008). Judicial Review. In: The New Oxford Companion to Law. Editors: Cane, P. and Conaghan, J., . Oxford University Press. 9780199290543

Reports and Papers (1)

Sunkin, MS., Doyle, M. and Bondy, V., (2018). A Research Roadmap for Administrative Justice

Grants and funding

2015

Human Rights and Information Technology in the Era of Big Data

Economic & Social Research Council

2014

UK Administrative Initiative

Nuffield Foundation

2012

EHRC Consultancy

Ehrc (Equality And Human Rights Commission)

2011

The effect and value of judicial review in England and Wales

Nuffield Foundation

2010

Regionalisation of the Administrative Court and Access

The British Academy

Contact

maurice.sunkin@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872560

Location:

5S.5.32, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 16.00-17.00