‘Class action reform is a work in progress. Molavi’s book is an important addition to the debate. It repays careful reading by all engaged in the subject.’ - John Sorabji, University College London
Around the world today, calls for increasing access to justice are omnipresent. Justice stakeholders have observed at length that the capacity of people to access justice is paramount in our increasingly ‘law-thick’ societies. Despite the breadth of the current justice agenda, however, and the commitment of stakeholders to find innovative ways of addressing justice gaps, a consistent unifying theme that runs throughout this commitment has been its individuated focus. Research and reforms have tended to be guided by the belief that justiciable problems affect individuals and thus require individuated solutions. Michael Molavi's book 'Collective Access to Justice: Assessing the Potential of Class Actions in England and Wales' seeks to advance this agenda by exploring the importance of collective access to justice. At a time when the collective redress landscape is undergoing a period of transformative change, this important and timely research focuses on class actions in England and Wales, drawing on comparative procedural, political, and historical analysis of relevant regimes and economic analysis of key enablers. With a view towards offering progressive solutions for reform and promoting greater accessibility, this book takes on board the principles of plain language and accessible writing by offering a readable analysis of the role of the modern class action as a collective claims-making vehicle for vulnerable justice-seekers.
Michael Molavi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford. His post is funded by the Legal Education Foundation. An interdisciplinary scholar, Michael’s research focuses on access to justice, collective actions, and the broader uses of law for human rights and environmental mobilisation.
Andrew Higgins is an Associate Professor in Civil Procedure at the Law Faculty and a Fellow in Law at Mansfield College. A leading scholar on class actions, he is currently General Editor of Civil Justice Quarterly and the academic member of the Civil Justice Council. The CJC is an advisory public body which was established under the Civil Procedure Act 1997 with responsibility for overseeing and co-ordinating the modernisation of the civil justice system.
Joe Tomlinson is a Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the University of York. Prior to joining York in 2019, he held lectureships in Public Law at King’s College London and the University of Sheffield. Joe is also Research Director of the Public Law Project—a national legal charity, based in London, which seeks to improve access to public law for the poor and disadvantaged.
Duncan Fairgrieve is Senior Research Fellow in Comparative Law and Director of the Product Liability Forum at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is also Professor of Comparative Law at Université de Paris Dauphine in France. Duncan is a leading comparative lawyer and notable expert on collective actions, with research interests spanning both comparative private and public law.