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Ed Bates: The Senior Judiciary on ‘Strasbourg’ – More Supportive Than Some Would Have You Believe

Editors’ note: This blog post is followed by a lengthy annex of substantial quotations from judicial lectures.   The Conservative party’s manifesto promise to make ‘our own Supreme Court the ultimate … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Weekly round-up of events

Editors‘ note: We are pleased to announce that for ease of reference event announcements will now be publicised cumulatively in a weekly post on Friday afternoons. We continue to welcome submissions … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Greg Weeks: Comment on Australia: A history of judicial disrespect and the current “crisis” in the Queensland judiciary

It has never been a universal requirement that a candidate for senior judicial office is either well respected or even well liked, by the public at large or by his … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

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 · 1 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
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