‘ADR and the Privatisation of Justice’ – 20 May, 2015

Dr John Sorabji (UCL Judicial Institute and principal adviser to the Master of the Rolls)
‘ADR and the Privatisation of Justice’ – 20 May, 2015

John Sorabji

The Dispute Resolution cluster will be having its first guest speak. Dr John Sorabji will be giving a paper entitled 'ADR and the Privatisation of Justice' (abstrat below) on Wednesday 20 May at 1pm in the Jan Grodecki Room. Dr Sorabji is a Senior Fellow at University College London’s Judicial Institute and an Honorary Professor in its Faculty of Law, where he lectures on Principles of Civil Justice.He is also the principal legal adviser to the Lord Chief Justice and Master of the Rolls. He holds a DPhil (Oxon) and is a barrister and is a leading expert on the English civil justice system. He has written extensively on the civil justice system and the Civil Procedure Rules and is the author of 'English Civil Justice after the Woolf and Jackson Reforms: A Critical Analysis' (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He is the commentator for Civil Procedure Rules 1 and 2 in Vol 1 and 2 of the Civil Procedure Rules White Book. John is a Founding Member of the European Law Institute (ELI) and a Member of the ELI Executive Committee.

Details

Open to: All

Date: Wednesday, 20 May, 1:00–3:00pm

Venue: Jan Grodecki Room, first floor, Fielding Johnson Building (Maps and directions)

Contact: For more information please contact Mr. Masood Ahmed - masood.ahmed@le.ac.uk

Abstract

In the paper ADR and the Privatisation of English Civil Justice the author considers two different approaches to the promotion of ADR. The first approach considered is that which the courts and judiciary have taken since the 1990s. It understands the promotion of consensual settlement as a central feature of the post-Woolf and Jackson civil justice system, as a means to further access to justice for those whose claims require court adjudication and as a means to further the public interest in settlement for those that can settle. The second approach considered is one that places ADR in a wider context: the rejection of the idea that civil justice is a public good and the acceptance that the civil courts simply provide private benefits to consumer-litigants. It concludes by considering the second approach may provide a basis for future civil justice reforms that see the system, except for a narrow exception, privatised.

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