UK Constitutional Law Association

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Mark Elliott: A “Permanent” Scottish Parliament and the Sovereignty of the UK Parliament: Four Perspectives

The Report of the Smith Commission for Further Devolution of Powers to the Scottish Parliament has been published. It contains an array of significant proposals concerning the devolution of further authority to … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

Stephen Tierney: Is a Federal Britain Now Inevitable?     

The Smith Commission Report issued today promises a restructuring of the United Kingdom which may prove to be more significant than the devolution settlement of 1997-98 itself; the acquisition of … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

Conference Announcement: Thirty Years of Judicial Review in Scotland

 Sponsored by the Clark Foundation for Legal Education and the UK Constitutional Law Association Thirty Years of Judicial Review in Scotland   26 January 2015 10 am to 4.30 pm … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Stephen Tierney: Solomon Grundy Does Constitutional Change: The Smith Commission Timetable to Transform the Scottish Parliament

In the month of November the Smith Commission is set to draw up the most significant programme of constitutional change for the United Kingdom since 1998. Already the period within … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · 5 Comments

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott: British withdrawal from the EU: an existential threat to the United Kingdom?

The Conservative party’s proposal to repeal the Human Rights Act (and their proposal’s many faults) has already been well documented. However, as Roger Masterman has already pointed out on this … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Stephen Tierney: ‘And the Winner is… the Referendum’: Scottish Independence and the Deliberative Participation of Citizens

Only 45% of Scots said yes to independent statehood, but a massive majority said yes to direct democracy. The turnout of 84.65% was the highest for any UK electoral event … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 6 Comments

Aileen McHarg: What Does the Union Need to Do to Survive?

The victory for the No campaign in last week’s referendum means that, for the foreseeable future, Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom, and that its (domestic) governance will … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 2 Comments
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