UK Constitutional Law Association

affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law

Jacob Rowbottom: McCutcheon and the US campaign finance laws: Responsiveness to money or people?

The decision of the US Supreme Court in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission represents another judicial gutting of American campaign finance laws. Following Citizens Unitedv Federal Election Commission (2010), the … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Jacob Rowbottom: Laws, Miranda and the Democratic Justification for Expression

The Divisional Court’s decision in the David Miranda case has provoked much controversy and debate about freedom of the press and national security issues. About halfway through his judgment, Laws … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

Jeff King: Deference, Dialogue and Animal Defenders International

In Animal Defenders International, the European Court of Human Rights upheld the British ban on political advertising in the broadcast media (s.321 Communications Act 2003), consistently with the judgments of … Continue reading

April 25, 2013 · 8 Comments

Jacob Rowbottom: A surprise ruling? Strasbourg upholds the ban on paid political ads on TV and Radio

The European Court of Human Rights has given its decision in Animal Defenders International , holding that the ban on political advertising on the broadcast media does not violate Article … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 5 Comments

David Erdos: Mustn’t Ask, Mustn’t Tell: Could New EU Data Laws Ban Historical and Legal Research?

Even with the advent of Web 2.0, data protection law is still often seen as technical and only narrowly applicable.  Technical abstruseness aside (and data protection’s reputation here is certainly … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 6 Comments

Paul Bernal: Internet Anonymity: A Very British Dilemma

Andy Smith, a senior security official at the Cabinet Office, caused quite a stir at the Parliament and Internet Conference last month, when he suggested that people should use false … Continue reading

November 6, 2012 · 3 Comments

Jacob Rowbottom: Campaign Lies and the First Amendment

It is now a tradition that during an America presidential election year, commentators shall declare the campaigns to be the ‘nastiest’ and ‘dirtiest’ ever. It is difficult to know whether … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · 2 Comments
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