Conference Announcement: Thirty Years of Judicial Review in Scotland

strathGlasg Sponsored by the Clark Foundation for Legal Education and the UK Constitutional Law Association

Thirty Years of Judicial Review in Scotland


26 January 2015

10 am to 4.30 pm

University of Strathclyde, Court/Senate Suite, Collins Building, 22 Richmond St, Glasgow

This one day conference is being held jointly by Glasgow and Strathclyde University Law Schools to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the introduction of the specialised judicial review procedure in Scotland. It is an opportunity for practitioners, academics and law students to reflect on developments since 1985, how judicial review is working today, and how it might develop in future. It is particularly timely given the important reforms to the judicial review procedure about to be introduced by the Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill 2014. The programme features contributions by leading public law academics and practitioners, and a keynote address by the Right Hon Lord Reed, justice of the Supreme Court.

To register for this event please visit the Strathclyde University Online Shop. Registration fee £25. N.b., there are a small number of free places for undergraduate and postgraduate students. To book a free place please contact

Attendance at this event will qualify for 5 hours CPD.



9.30 – 10.00:               Registration

 10.00 – 10.55:                         Welcome and Keynote Address

Chair:                          James Wolffe, QC, Dean of the Faculty of Advocates

Speaker:                      The Right Hon Lord Reed, Justice of the Supreme Court: ‘The Development of Judicial Review in Scotland’

10.55 – 11.15:                         Coffee

11.15 – 13.00               What is Judicial Review For?

Chair:                         Professor Aileen McHarg, University of Strathclyde

Speakers:                    Brian Thompson, University of Liverpool: ‘The Place of Judicial Review in the Administrative Justice Landscape’

Professor Tom Mullen, University of Glasgow, ‘Public Interest Litigation’

Lynda Towers, Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament, ‘The Public Authority Perspective’

13.00 -14.00:              Lunch

14.00- 15.15:              Patterns of Judicial Review Litigation

Chair:                         Fiona Killen, Anderson Strathearn

Speakers                     Professor Alan Page, University of Dundee, ‘The Judicial Review Caseload’

Tony Kelly, Taylor & Kelly, Visiting Professor, University of Strathclyde, ‘The Potential Impact of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act’

15.15 – 16.30:             The Development of Scots Judicial Review Doctrine

Chair:                         Sheriff Lorna Drummond, QC

Professor Chris Himsworth, University of Edinburgh, ‘The Concept of “Jurisdiction” in the Scottish Courts’

Denis Edwards, Terra Firma Chambers, ‘European Influences’

1630 – 1800                Reception