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Essential Cases: Public Law

Essential Cases: Public Law (3rd edn)

Thomas E. Webb
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date: 24 March 2023

Osborn v Parole Board [2013] UKSC 61, before the UK Supreme Courtlocked

Osborn v Parole Board [2013] UKSC 61, before the UK Supreme Courtlocked

  • Thomas E. WebbThomas E. WebbLecturer in Law, Lancaster University


Essential Cases: Public Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Osborn v Parole Board [2013] UKSC 61, UK Supreme Court. This case concerned three applicants who, it was contended, had been subject to procedurally unfair processes by the Parole Board. In arguing their cases they had primarily relied upon Article 5(4) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The UKSC preferred the common law principle of procedural fairness. This note examines that principle and the concept of common law rights more generally in relation to the ECHR and the Human Rights Act 1998. The document also includes supporting commentary from author Thomas Webb.

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