Andrew Le Sueur

Law academic & barrister, London, Essex, Jersey



A Le Sueur, M Sunkin and J Murkens, Public Law: Text, Cases, and Materials, 3rd edn (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016). ISBN 9780198735380

‘Robot government: automated decision-making and its implications for Parliament’, ch 9 in A Horne and A Le Sueur (eds), Parliament: Legislation and Accountability (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2016). IBSN 9781849467162. A working draft is available on SSRN.

Jersey Law Commission, Improving Administrative Redress in Jersey: a Consultation Report (Jersey Law Commission, St Helier, 2016). No. 1//2016/CP. Available here.


‘Foundations of Justice’ ch 9 in J Jowell, D Oliver and C O’Cinneide (eds), The Changing Constitution 8th edition (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015). ISBN 019870982X. A working draft is available on SSRN.


‘Administrative litigation in England and Wales’ ch 8 (pp 163-189) in Yuwen Li (ed), Administrative Litigation Systems in Greater China and Europe (Ashgate, Farnham, 2014). ISBN 978-4724-3608-5.

‘Regulating home ownership and occupation in Jersey: human rights issues’, pp 88-109 in M Thomas (ed), Immoveable Property: The Issues across sectors, across jurisdictions (Institute of Law, Jersey, 2014). ISBN 978-1-908716-35-4.

(with co-authors) De Smith’s Judicial Review: First Supplement to the 7th edition (Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2014) ISBN 9780414036673.


(with Harry Woolf, Jeffrey Jowell, Catherine Donnelly and Ivan Hare), de Smith’s Judicial Review (7th edn, Sweet & Maxwell, London, 2013). ISBN 9780414042155 More details here.

(with Maurice Sunkin and Jo Murkens), Public Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (2nd edn, OUP, 2013). ISBN 978-0-19-964418-6. More details here.

(with Jack Simson Caird), ‘The House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution’, ch 11 in A Horne, G Drewry and D Oliver (eds), Parliament and the Law (Hart Publishing/Study of Parliament Group 2013). More details here.

‘Parliamentary Accountability and the Judicial System’, ch 8 in N Bamforth and P Leyland (eds), Accountability in the Contemporary Constitution (OUP 2013). ISBN 978-0-19-967002-4. More details here.

‘”Tradition” in English Administrative Law’, ch 2 in Matthias Ruffert (ed), Administrative Law in Europe: Between Common Principles and National Traditions (Europa Law Publishing 2013). ISBN 978989521323. More details here.


(with Varda Bondy) Designing Redress: A Study About Grievances Against Public Bodies 59 pp (Public Law Project, London, 2012) ISBN 978-1-898421-15-3 and Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 121/2012, available on SSRN here.

Referred to in: Ministry of Justice, Administrative Justice and Tribunals: A Strategic Work Programme 2013–16 (2012) – see here. The AJTC in A Research Agenda for Administrative Justice (March 2013) says: “35. Different aspects of the administrative justice system have been the subject of numerous research studies, and the AJTC acknowledges the important contribution that such work has made and continues to make. A recent example of a significant and insightful project is the joint work of Varda Bondy, of the Public Law Project, and Professor Andrew le Sueur, of Queen Mary, the University of London, entitled ‘Designing Redress: a Study about Grievances against Public Bodies’,launched at the end of 2012.” In May 2013, giving written evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Committee (“PASC”), Elizabeth Derrington (Independent Complaints Reviewer for Land Registry and Partner with the Independent Complaint Resolution Service (ICRS)), Jodi Berg (Independent Complaints Reviewer for the National Archives, The Children’s Commissioner for Wales and partner with ICRS) and Ros Gardner (partner with ICRS) say “The criteria we have proposed draw on recent research by Varda Bondy and Andrew Le Sueur for the Public Law Project (Designing redress: a study about grievances against public bodies published August 2012 The research report compares different complaints systems and aims to identify the principles that make for effectiveness”.

‘Parliamentary accountability and the judicial system’, Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 111/2012, available on SSRN here.  A revised version of this paper will be published by OUP in 2013 in edited collection by Nicholas Bamforth and Peter Leyland (see above under ‘2013’).

‘Constitutional protection of rights to social security in the United Kingdom’, Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 108/2012. Available on SSRN here. This is a ‘country report’ written quickly for an IACL Roundtable in Xi’an, China.

‘Designing Redress: Who Does it, How and Why?’ (2012) 20 Asia Pacific Law Review 17-44. (An earlier draft appeared as Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 109/2012, available on SSRN here. I am grateful to my research partner Varda Bondy).

McGonnell and the Bailiffs of Jersey and Guernsey: 11 years on’, Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 107/2012. Available on SSRN here.


‘Administrative Justice and the Resolution of Disputes’, ch 10 (pp 260-286)  in J Jowell and D Oliver (eds), The Changing Constitution (7th edn OUP 2011). ISBN 978-0-19-957905-1. Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher).

‘People as “Users” and “Citizens”: The Quest for Legitimacy in British Public Administration’ ch 3 (pp 29-48) in M Ruffert (ed), Legitimacy in European Administrative Law: Reform and Reconstruction (Europa Law Publishing 2011). Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher).

Reviewed: Melanie Smith (2011) 48 Common Market Law Review 2115, 2116  (‘Le Sueur approaches the topic of legitimacy by addressing both micro and macro developments in public administration in the UK, that is the citizen as the “user” of public services and the more general trend of focusing on public participation in decision making in order to create or enhance the perception of legitimacy’).


(with M Sunkin and J Murkens) Public Law: Texts, Cases, and Materials  (OUP 2010). ISBN 978-0-19-928419-1. Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher).

“In summary, with their new book Le Sueur, Sunkin and Murkens have successfully managed to accommodate the interests of lecturers and good students alike. The latter will have a highly accessible, readable and engaging account of Public Law served up in a student-friendly way, as well as a veritable mini-library of cases and materials etc. However, lecturers need rest assured that the book provides a really excellent account of the subject, notable for its breadth and depth of analysis, with the issues and controversies presented and discussed in a way that will challenge and stretch their best undergraduates.” (Ed Bates, Review in [2012] Public Law 169)


(with C Donnelly and I Hare), First Cumulative Supplement to the Sixth Edition of de Smith’s Judicial Review (Sweet & Maxwell 2009) ISBN 978-0-421-69100-1. Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher).

‘Constitutional Fundamentals; Fundamental Principles’ (ch 1A) and ‘The Nature, Powers, and Accountability of Central Government’ (ch 3) in D Feldman (ed), English Public Law 2nd edn (OUP 2009) ISBN 978-0-19-922793-8. Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher).

‘From Appellate Committee to Supreme Court: a Narrative’ in L Blom-Cooper, G Drewry and B Dickson (eds), The Judicial House of Lords 1876-2009 (OUP 2009) ISBN 978-0-19-953271-1. Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher). A draft is available as Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17/2009 on SSRN here.

This essay has become an important point of reference, contributing important knowledge for anyone interested in the constitutional dynamics in relation to the setting up of the UK Supreme Court. The essay has been referred to in academic literature (e.g. in the USA see Neil Andrews, ‘The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court: Three Skeptical Reflections concerning the New Court’ [2011] Utah Law Review 9; Mary L Clark, ‘Advice and Consent vs. Silence and Dissent – The Contrasting Roles of the Legislature in U.S. and U.K. Judicial Appointments’ (2010-11) 71 Louisiana Law Rev 451), by members of the judiciary in extra-judicial writing (see e.g. Lord Hope, ‘Taking the case to London – maybe it’s not over after all’ (speech, Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law, 12 March 2010) and  Hon Michael Kirby, ‘A Darwinian reflection on values and appointments in final national courts’ in J Lee (ed), From House of Lords to Supreme Court: Judges, Jurists and the Process of Judging (Hart Publishing 2011)),  beyond mainstream academic publications (see e.g. Joshua Rozenberg, ‘Britain’s New Supreme Court’, Times Literary Supplement, 2 September 2009 (‘If David Cameron becomes Prime Minister, he could learn a great deal about how not to introduce constitutional reform by reading Andrew Le Sueur’s narrative in Louis Blom-Cooper’s book…’ and Editorial, ‘Lord Neuberger – the controversy continues’ (UK Constitutional Law Blog, 16 September 2009) and in official literature (see e.g. Glenn Dymond, ‘The Appellate Jurisdiction of the House of Lords’ (House of Lords Library Note, LLN 2009/010, 2009).


A Report on Six Seminars About the UK Supreme Court (Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No 1/2008). Download from SSRN here.

Referred to in: SPICe Briefing, The Supreme Court, 29 September 2009, 09/69; UK Supreme Court Blog, 19 January 2010; Neil Walker, Final Appellate Jurisdiction in the Scottish Legal System (The Scottish Government 2010) 43; Francis Jacobs and David Anderson, ‘European Influences’, ch 27 in Blom-Cooper, Dickson and Drewry, The Judicial House of Lords 1876-2009 (OUP 2009) 494; Frances Gibbs, ‘The supreme court will be open and visible’ The Times (London, 20 November 2008) 80 (on a follow-up seminar organised with the Ministry of Justice.

(with K Malleson) ‘The Judiciary’ ch 7 in R Hazell (ed), Constitutional Futures Revisited: Britain’s Constitution to 2020 (Palgrave Macmillan 2008) ISBN 9780230220744. Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher).

‘Gordon Brown’s new constitutional settlement’ [2008] Public Law 21 (London, Sweet & Maxwell ISSN 0033-3565). Details here (WorldCat); Public Law is also available via the Westlaw database.


‘accountability’, ‘adversary system’, ‘courts’, ‘judges’, ‘judicial appointments’, ‘judicial independence’, ‘Solicitor General’ and ‘UK Supreme Court’ in P Cane and J Conaghan (eds), New Oxford Companion to Law (OUP 2007). ISBN 9780199290543. Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher).

H Woolf, J Jowell and A Le Sueur, de Smith’s Judicial Review 6th edn (Sweet & Maxwell 2007) ISBN 9781847034670. Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher)

‘Courts: Tribunals, Ombudsmen, ADR: Administrative Justice, Constitutionalism and Informality’, ch 13 in J Jowell and D Oliver (eds), The Changing Constitution 6th edn (OUP 2007) ISBN 978-0-19-920511-0. Details here (WorldCat).

‘Administrative justice and the rise of informal dispute resolution in England’, in M Ruffert (ed), The Transformation of Administrative Law in Europe (Sellier European Law Publishers 2007) ISBN 9783935808910. Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher).


‘Judicial Autonomy, Human Rights and the Future of the Bailiff’ in P Bailhache (ed), A Celebration of Autonomy: 1204-2004, 800 Years of Channel Islands’ Law (Jersey Law Review 2005) ISBN 0953590372. Details here (WorldCat); see also here and here.

‘The Rise and Ruin of Unreasonableness?’ (2005) 10 Judicial Review 32. Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher).


‘Judicial Power in the Changing Constitution’ ch 13 in J Jowell and D Oliver (eds), The Changing Constitution 5th edn (OUP 2004) ISBN 0199264392.  Details here (WorldCat).

‘The Nature, Powers and Accountability of Central Government’ (ch 3) in D Feldman (ed), English Public Law (OUP 2004) ISBN 0198765517. Details here.

‘Three Strikes and It’s Out? The UK Government’s Strategy to Oust Judicial Review from Immigration and Asylum Decision-making’ [2004] Public Law 225.

‘Panning for Gold: Choosing Cases for Top-level Courts’ ch 12 in A Le Sueur (ed), Building the UK’s New Supreme Court: National and Comparative Perspectives (OUP 2004) ISBN 978-0-19-926462-9. Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher).

‘The Conception of the UK’s New Supreme Court’ ch 1 in A Le Sueur (ed), Building the UK’s New Supreme Court: National and Comparative Perspectives (OUP 2004) ISBN 978-0-19-926462-9.  Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher).

‘Developing Mechanisms for Judicial Accountability in the UK’ (2004) 24 Legal Studies 73. Details here.


Book review: National Parliaments in an Integrated Europe: An Anglo-German Perspective (2003) 28 EL Rev 13.

Book review: Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia (2003) 31 Federal Law Review 243.

‘The influence of the House of Lords on the Administrative Court (and vice versa), ch 4 in R Gordon (ed), Judicial Review in the New Millennium (Sweet & Maxwell 2003). ISBN 9780421854000. Details here (WorldCat) and here (publisher).


‘Appeals and judicial review after the Human Rights (Jersey) Law 2000’ [2002] Jersey LR 142. Available here.

‘The Government’s (surprisingly quick) next steps in constitutional reform’ [2002] Public Law 368.

‘Writing about Convention rights in Public Law’ [2002] Public Law 395.

‘How to resolve disputes with public authorities’ [2002] Public Law 203.


(with Javan Herberg and Jane Mulcahy), ‘Determining Civil Rights and Obligations’,  91-137 in J Jowell and J Cooper (eds), Understanding Human Rights Principles (Hart Publishing 2001). ISBN 9781841132877. Details here.


(with R Cornes), The Future of the United Kingdom’s Highest Courts (UCL Constitution Unit 2000) ISBN 1 903903 03 3. Available to download here.

(with R Cornes), ‘What do the top courts do?’ (2000) 53 Current Legal Problems 53. More information here; a version published by UCL Constitution Unit is available here.

‘Access to justice rights in the United Kingdom’ [2000] European Human Rights Law Review 457.

Book review: EC law in the UK Christine Boch (2000) 25 European Law Review 462.


‘Legal duties to give reasons’ (1999) 52 Current Legal Problems 150.

‘Taking the soft option? The duty to give reasons in the draft Freedom of Information Bill’ [1999] Public Law 419 .

‘Memorandum 19’, House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration, Third Report: Freedom of Information Draft Bill  1998-99, HC 570-II). Available here.

(with R Gordon, C Barlow, P Bowen, R Venne) Judicial Review and Crown Office Practice (Sweet & Maxwell 1999) ISBN 0-421-630809.

(with J Herberg and R English) Principles of Public Law (2nd edn, Cavendish Publishing 1999) ISBN 1 85941 381 1 36. Preview on Google Books.

(with H Woolf and J Jowell) Principles of Judicial Review (Sweet & Maxwell 1999) ISBN 9780421620209. Details here (WorldCat).

1998 and before

(with H Woolf, J Jowell and J Herberg) First Cumulative Supplement to the Fifth Edition of Judicial Review of Administrative Action (Sweet & Maxwell 1998) ISBN 0 421 607 904 . Details here (WorldCat).

Book review: In pursuit of good administration: ministers, civil servants and judges [1998] Public Law 339 .

Letter: ‘Rights Bill: not far enough, too far?’ The Times 31 October 1997.

(with M Sunkin) Public Law (Longman 1997) ISBN 0 582 08730 9 41. Details here (WorldCat).

‘The Judicial Review Debate: from partnership to friction’ (1996) 31 Government and Opposition 8. Available here.

‘Justifying Judicial Caution: Jurisdiction, Justiciability and Policy’ ch 8 in Brigid Hadfield (ed), Thematic Approach to Judicial Review (Gill & Macmillan, 1995) ISBN 0 7171 2311 1. Details here (WorldCat).

Book review: Applications for judicial review: law and practice of the Crown office (1994) 13 Civil Justice Quarterly 193.

(with F Snyder) ‘Gran Bretaña: la incidencia del derecho de la Comunidad Europea en la organsizacion administrative del Reino Unido pp 365-402 in J Barnes Vazquez (ed) La Conunidad Europea, La Instincia Regional y la Organicacion Adminstrativoa de los Estados Miembros (Editorial civitas SA 1993) ISBN 84-470-0159-8. Details here (WorldCat).

‘Should we abolish the writ of habeas corpus?’ [1992] Public Law 13.

(with M Sunkin) ‘Applications for judicial review: the requirement of leave’ [1992] Public Law 102 47.

(with M Sunkin) ‘Can government control judicial review?’ (1991) 44 Current Legal Problems 161.

‘Unruly horses and the Adoption Act: R. v Registrar General, ex parte Smith’ [1991] Journal of Child Law 129.

‘Telling people about suspected child abusers’ [1991] Journal of Child Law 86.

‘The judges and the intention of Parliament: is judicial review undemocratic?’ (1991) 44 Parliamentary Affairs 283.

‘Public policies and the Adoption Act’ [1991] Public Law 326.

‘Private adoption agencies, wardship and the challenge of judicial review’ [1990] Journal of Child Law 128.

Judicial review and child protection registers – further developments [1989] Journal of Child Law 21.

‘Child protection registers, case conferences and fairness: the impact of circulars and judicial review’ [1989] Journal of Child Law 115