Socio-Legal Research at UCL Laws
Welcome to the Research
on Tribunals and Ethnic Diversity Website
Directed by Professor Hazel Genn
Research Fellow Ben Lever
This research project aims to look at the
experiences of minority ethnic appellants before and during the process of
an appeal at a tribunal.
It has been commissioned by the Department for Constitutional Affairs and
is part of the ‘Courts and Diversity Programme’ which is detailed
on their website.
As a direct response to the Macpherson Report the study
focuses on the perceptions and experiences of tribunal users across three tribunals;
the Appeals Service;
Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel: and Special Educational Needs
Interviews with appellants and observations of hearings are being conducted
at hearing centres across the country. A quantitative study of appeal outcomes
across different ethnic groups is also being carried out.
The report is significant
in the face of the hitherto under researched field of ethnic minorities’ interaction
with the civil justice system and pertinent in the light of the creation of
a unified Tribunals Service, while further addressing
wider issues of access to justice.
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