UK Constitutional Law Association

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Liz Fisher: A Decade in the Glasshouse

The UK Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) came fully into force on the 1 January 2005. There is thus now over a decade’s worth of law in relation to … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Judith Bannister: The Last Word on the Public Interest in FOI: Australia and the United Kingdom Compared

Freedom of information (FOI) reform has often been slow in Australia. There was a decade (and a change of government) between Gough Whitlam’s 1972 election promise of freedom of information and the … Continue reading

June 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

Alison Young: R (Evans) v Attorney General [2015] UKSC 21 – the Anisminic of the 21st Century?

On Thursday 26th March the Supreme Court concluded, to the delight of The Guardian and the dismay of the Prime Minister, that communications between Prince Charles and government Ministers – … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 5 Comments

Mike Gordon: Prince Charles’ Correspondence Back in Court – Reflections on R. (Evans) v. Attorney General

The Administrative Court is the latest body to become involved in the on-going saga related to disclosure of the Prince of Wales’ correspondence with government departments.  In the recent case … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Tom Adams: Royal Consent and Hidden Power

The requirement of Royal Assent for bills which have passed through our democratic institutions is well known. Those amongst us who favour the constitutional monarch remind others that it is … Continue reading

January 26, 2013 · 20 Comments

Roger Masterman: The Prince, the Attorney-General, the Section 53 Certificate and the pretence of political neutrality

The Freedom of Information Act, which came into force on 1 January 2005, provides under s.53 for a power of ministerial veto.  Section 53(2) provides that: ‘[a] decision notice or … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · 1 Comment

Hayley J. Hooper: Keep Calm and Carry On?

ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 the Upper Tribunal allowed an appeal, reversing decisions of the Information Commissioner relating to the release of “advocacy correspondence” between Prince Charles in his capacity as … Continue reading

October 16, 2012 · 6 Comments

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