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(FULLY BOOKED) DT 1833 Strategic Litigation for Social Change

A day-long workshop to explore how to use strategic litigation to challenge unfair systems. This course has been developed in collaboration with the ILPA Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) and the Public Law Project (PLP). Topics include: practical guide to strategic litigation, case studies, research and evidence gathering, collaborative working and the ILPA Strategic Legal Fund. 

Event details

Date(s):19 November 2019
Start Time:10:00
End Time:17:00
Audience:Frontline organisations and NGOs, immigration lawyers, community care solicitors etc. with an interest in learning about how to use strategic public law litigation to achieve social change.
Main area other:This course has been developed in collaboration with the ILPA Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) and the Public Law Project (PLP). 

The SLF funds legal work that is strategic in nature and upholds and promotes the rights of vulnerable young migrants in the UK. 

The SLF makes grants to organisations to:
  • Undertake pre-litigation research, or
  • make third party interventions to ensure that the key legal points are made in existing cases. 
We recently conducted a consultation of the sector which showed that organisations are keen to learn more about undertaking strategic work in order to challenge disadvantage and discrimination against young migrants. The Fund is keen to support such capacity building of the sector, so this course has been developed for that purpose.

Funding rounds run every second month, the next application deadlines are Friday 6th September 2019, Friday 1st November 2019 and Friday 10th January 2020. To find out more about the SLF and the grants that is has awarded click here

Public Law Project is a national legal charity which was set up to ensure those marginalised through poverty, discrimination or disadvantage have access to public law remedies and can hold the state of account. PLP's vision is a world in which individual rights are respected and public bodies act fairly and lawfully. Their mission is to improve public decision making and facilitate access to justice. 

Improving access to judicial review is a core focus for PLP. Judicial review is a fundamental part of the public law system in the UK and an essential element in our constitutional settlement. Ensuring that the routes by which state decisions can be challenged are practically accessible is essential. In order to achieve their objectives in this area, PLP brings strategic cases intended to increase access to the Court and works with other lawyers, campaigners and civil society groups to help them identify and pursue public law issues affecting their beneficiary groups. PLP provide training, publish guides and provide second tier advice. 

For more information about PLP and its work please visit: 
Aim of course:An introductory course aimed at those with no or little previous experience of strategic litigation to challenge unfair systems. 
  • Practical guide to strategic litigation
  • Case studies
  • Research and evidence gathering
  • Importance of collaboration
  • Strategic Legal Funds 
Tutor details:Alison Pickup, Public Law Project and Charlotte Kilroy QC, Doughty Street Chambers
Tutor biographies:Alison Pickup is the Legal Director of the Public Law Project. Alison is a barrister and before joining PLP she practised from Doughty Street Chambers in London. She is a public lawyer with a background in immigration and asylum law, and a member of the expert panel of the Strategic Legal Fund. Alison has been involved in numerous pieces of strategic litigation both of Doughty Street and at PLP, including most recently R (Medical Justice) v SSHD, a challenge to the Home Office removal window policy. 

Charlotte Kilroy QC is a public law and human rights specialist. She has a broad practice in areas including asylum and human rights law, constitutional law, actions again the police, and civil claims for damages. Her recent strategic litigation has included the Detention Action cases challenging the Detained Fast Track; a series of cases brought to establish rights to family reunion for unaccompanied and separated children in Europe with family in the UK; and R (Medical Justice) V SSHD, a challenge to the Home Office removal window policy. 
Additional information:Lunch and refreshments are provided. Please inform us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. ILPA can use its discretion to provide charities and small organisations that are not members of ILPA with a discounted price on this training. Please get in touch with Bella Kosmala on [email protected] to enquire.
PriceMember Training Prices: £125
Concessionary Training Prices: £80
Non Member Training Prices: £175

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