UK Constitutional Law Association

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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

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

Graham Gee and Kate Malleson: Judicial Appointments, Diversity and the Equal Merit Provision

One of the changes introduced by the Crime and Courts Act 2013 was to amend section 63 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, which provides that the Judicial Appointments Commission … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Robert Leckey: Constitutionalizing Canada’s Supreme Court

 CROSS-POSTED FROM THE I.CONNect BLOG. A dispute over the legality of a politically questionable judicial appointment has resulted in what pundits call a stinging defeat for Canada’s prime minister and a … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

Alexander Horne: Is there a case for greater legislative involvement in the judicial appointments process?

The dramatic increase in public law and human rights cases coming before the UK Supreme Court (and the Appellate Committee before it) means that the UK’s top court is more … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · 1 Comment

Kate Malleson: Is the UK the only OECD country that does not have excellent women lawyers fit for our highest courts?

Readers will be forgiven for not noticing, but on 8 April 2013 Lord Justice Hughes and Lord Justice Toulson were sworn in as Justices of the UK Supreme Court. Their … Continue reading

April 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

Kate Malleson and Graham Gee: Who should have the final say in lower level judicial appointments?

The Crime and Courts Bill is making its way through Parliament. As noted in an earlier post, the Bill proposes to pass responsibility for appointing Circuit Judges and District Judges … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

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