UK Constitutional Law Association

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Paul Kildea: Same-sex marriage – Don’t let the people decide

Australian politics is gradually settling back down again after a tumultuous few weeks in which we saw another first-term Prime Minister deposed in a party room ‘spill’. New Prime Minister, … Continue reading

October 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Isaam Bin Haris: Judicial Review of Constitutional Amendments – Pakistan’s Uneasy Subscription to the Basic Structure Doctrine

The basic structure doctrine––first espoused by the Supreme Court of India in the celebrated case of Kesavananda Bharati v State of Kerala––allows courts to invalidate constitutional amendments on the premise … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Derek O’Brien: Magna Carta, the Right to Trial by Jury and the ‘King of Sleaze’

As commentators mark the eight hundredth anniversary of Magna Carta by celebrating its influence in exporting ‘British values’, including the right to trial by jury, across the common law world, … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

HRA Watch: Reform, Repeal, Replace? Sarah Lambrecht: Criticism of the European Court of Human Rights: A UK Phenomenon?

Editors’ note: The blog invited constitutional lawyers to comment on the UK Government’s proposal to repeal and replace the Human Rights Act. We end this series with a post by … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Javier García Oliva: Catalonia in Spain: The Significance of the 25th September 2015 Elections

Editors’ note: This post is based upon a conference paper presented at the UKCLA conference ‘Debating the Constitution after the General Election’ held at the University of Manchester on 24  … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Maria Smirnova: Russian Constitutional Court Affirms Russian Constitution’s Supremacy over ECtHR Decisions

Although the ‘freedom from Strasbourg’ debate in the UK has taken a new turn after the elections in view of the Cameron’s plan to ‘curtail the role of the European … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · 3 Comments

David Landau: Report on IACL Roundtable on the “New” Separation of Powers

David Landau, Florida State University College of Law, reports on the recent IACL roundtable held in Johannesburg. On 28-29 May 2015, a number of scholars from around the world gathered … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

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