To make matters worse, the plaintiff in this case was himself a judge, albeit in the unglamorous area of administrative law. (emphasis added)
(From a Guardian report on the infamous judge-sues-the-pants-off-dry-cleaners case (which itself is not an admin law case)).
Some of the most interesting and relevant issues the development of Irish law in recent years (refugee status, industry regulation/deregulation, tribunal procedures, and more) have been core questions of administrative law. For the social activist, knowing admin law (and knowing how to spot the screwups, or to seek change) is crucial. As Ireland (and other similarly situated countries) continues on the road to government-by-thousands-of-agencies (not to mention the various Commissions for Insert Sector Regulation), administrative law (and by proxy, the study of regulatory theory and general issues of procedure and of separation of powers) will, I believe, become more important, more relevant, and yes, more glamorous (even without the celebrities).
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to teach three tutorials in admin law this year (the first on theory and development, the second on the standard of review (including human rights) and the third on bias). The course (taught by lecturer Dr. Eoin Carolan) has a certain level of urban myths about being ‘difficult’. I do feel that as students work through the course, many of them become prepared to change their mind about this ‘unglamorous’ subject (despite what Mr. Pilkington of the Guardian might say!)
Or am I just kidding myself? You tell me.
(edited to clarify the point of the last paragraph)