Research event

Judicial review of regulatory decisions: Decoding the contents of appeals against agencies in Spain and the United Kingdom.

A presentation by Luis Mejia (Hertie School).
This event is part of the Research Colloquium on Innovation in the Public Sphere.

Despite the important role that courts play in the governance of regulatory agencies, few comparative studies analyze the contents of judicial appeals against regulatory decisions within European countries. This paper builds on the comparative administrative law scholarship and administrative capacities literature to analyze the content of 2,040 rulings against decisions issued by competition and telecommunications regulators in Spain and the United Kingdom. To understand the substance of the appeals, the study classifies cases according to the alleged administrative principles under breach and the regulatory capacities under challenge. Findings show a clear country-sector differentiation of the information generated through judicial disputes in both dimensions of analysis, as well as disparities between countries and policy sectors in relation to the number of appeal cases lost by regulators. These results offer a more in depth understanding of judicial oversight of regulatory agencies embedded in different institutional settings, legal traditions and policy sectors.

Luis Everdy Mejia is a PhD Candidate at the Hertie School since September 2016 and a research tutor in the HSoG Curricular Affairs team. He holds an MSc in Political Economy from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, and a BA in Political Science from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Luis' current research interests are focused on politics of regulation and regulatory governance. His professional experience comprises positions as communications manager at AmCham Mexico; as a political analyst at Grupo Expansion Mexico; as policy analyst for the Mexican Federal Competition and Energy Regulatory Commissions as well as the National Council for Evaluation of Social Development Policy.

Lunch will be served.

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