Accountability: A Core Public Law Value?

(2017) 24 Australian Journal of Administrative Law 189

24 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2018

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Ellen Rock

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Accountability is a core public law, if not constitutional, value, with close ties to rule of law and separation of powers. Despite this status, the Australian public law system presents only a thin reflection of accountability. This is because it provides control of public power, but not restoration or punishment in cases of abuse of power. This article uses the concept of accountability as a lens through which to view the limitations of existing public law remedies, and briefly outlines two of the potential explanations for these limitations: constitutional barriers and the availability of alternative remedies.

Keywords: government accountability; judicial review; public law; rationales for accountability

Suggested Citation

Rock, Ellen, Accountability: A Core Public Law Value? (2017). (2017) 24 Australian Journal of Administrative Law 189. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3195567 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3195567

Ellen Rock (Contact Author)

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

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