UK Constitutional Law Association

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Conor Gearty: On Fantasy Island: British politics, English judges and the European Convention on Human Rights

My first encounter with the fantasies that underpin English public law came in the 1980s. I had just starting teaching constitutional law and was taking my first year students through … Continue reading

November 13, 2014 · 5 Comments

Colm O’Cinneide and Kate Malleson: Are quotas for judicial appointments lawful under EU law?

In April 2014 Sadiq Khan, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, asked Karon Monaghan QC and Geoffrey Bindman QC to review the options for a future Labour Government to improve … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 5 Comments

Angela Patrick: Suing the state: judicial competence, restraint and redress in Belhadj

The coverage of last week’s Court of Appeal’s decision in Belhadj & Or. v Straw & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 1394 has thus far generated more political heat than legal … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Patrick O’Brien: How active were pre-2009 judges as parliamentarians?

  (Click on graph for bigger image) Is the question of anything more than historical interest? The Constitutional Reform Act 2005 precluded judicial peers from contributing to parliamentary debate from … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · 4 Comments

Ian Cram: Penalising the googling juror? – Reflections on the futility of Part 3 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (2013-14)

The hotchpotch of measures that comprises the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill is about to reach Report Stage in the House of Lords. The Bill sets out a panoply of … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Graham Gee: Do Lord Chancellors defend judicial independence?

As part of its inquiry into the office of Lord Chancellor, the Constitution Committee asks whether “new” (i.e. post-2003) Lord Chancellors have actually defended judicial independence in line with their … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Andrew Lynch: Judicial Appointments in Australia – Reform in Retreat

The creation of formal processes governing the appointment of judges has been a notable element in the broader project of constitutional reform in the United Kingdom over the last 16 … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · 1 Comment
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