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News: British Academy Report on Human Rights and the UK Constitution

Human rights law has been the subject of considerable controversy over the past few years. A new report, written by Colm O’Cinneide, Reader in Law at UCL, and released on … Continue reading

September 28, 2012 · 3 Comments

Dawn Oliver: Response to Gavin Phillipson on Lords Reform

I feel as bit as if I have been run over by a bulldozer after reading Gavin Phillipson’s blog about House of Lords reform. It assumes that all opponents of … Continue reading

September 26, 2012 · 5 Comments

Gavin Phillipson: Lords Reform: why opponents of the Government Bill were wrong

So the attempt to bring long-overdue comprehensive reform to our second chamber has failed. The plan for an 80% elected, 20% appointed House, with the hereditary rump removed and Prime … Continue reading

September 26, 2012 · 3 Comments

Sebastian Payne: Constitutional Change and the ‘Principle of Unripe Time’

In a recent Whitehall farce the deputy Prime Minister Nicholas Clegg urgently recalled an advance copy of a speech circulated to the media so that it could be amended to … Continue reading

September 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Alan Trench: Welsh byelaws and the UK Supreme Court

At the end of July, we learned that the UK Attorney-General has referred the first Act of the National Assembly passed since the March 2011 referendum to the UK Supreme … Continue reading

September 17, 2012 · 4 Comments

David Mead: Talking about dialogue

There was much talk in the early days of the Human Rights Act 1998– and indeed more recently too – by commentators such as Francesca Klug, Richard Clayton QC, Tom … Continue reading

September 15, 2012 · 3 Comments

Carol Harlow: How not to do things with rules

For many years now, administrative lawyers have been puzzling over the relationship of rules and discretion. When is a rule a rule? Does the term properly cover ‘quasi-legislation’ or what … Continue reading

September 15, 2012 · 1 Comment
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