UK Constitutional Law Association

affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law

Alison L. Young: Draft Defamation Bill – a Missed Opportunity?

The draft Defamation Bill was announced by Kenneth Clarke on 15 March. It aims to redress the perception that the current law tips the balance too far away from free … Continue reading

April 15, 2011 · Leave a comment

Hansard Society Publishes Report on Political Engagement

The Hansard Society has published its Eighth Audit of Political Engagement. The Report surveys and analyses the public’s views about, and engagement with, the political process.  It is not a … Continue reading

April 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

Nick Barber: The Decline of Mercy

Many years ago, I was invited to speak on the radio about the obligation to obey the law.  One comment made a lasting impression on me.  In the course of … Continue reading

April 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

Estimating the Impact of the Alternative Vote

As the public debate over Britain’s electoral system reaches fever-pitch, YouGov has published a projection estimating the composition of Parliament if an election were held today under the alternative vote … Continue reading

April 10, 2011 · 4 Comments

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government v Welwyn Hatfield BC

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government v. Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council [2011] UKSC 15.  Mr. Beesley obtained planning permission to build a barn on his land.  He built … Continue reading

April 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

Jacob Rowbottom: Do electoral attack sites need taming?

Much is made of the democratising effect of the internet. However, the freedom to communicate online has costs, which are sometimes felt by the politicians that are the subject of … Continue reading

April 7, 2011 · 3 Comments

Phone Hacking and Contempt of Parliament

The Standards and Privileges Committee has produced a report into the phone hacking scandal, considering whether the hacking of Members’ phones amounted to contempt of Parliament. The Committee provided a … Continue reading

April 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Lumba v. Secretary of State for the Home Department

Lumba v. Secretary of State for the Home Department (2011) UKSC 12.  The Supreme Court considered the legality of detaining foreign nationals who had completed prison sentences for criminal offences, … Continue reading

April 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

Graham Gee: Are Executive-Judicial Relations Strained?

At one level, it seems reasonable to characterise executive-judicial relations as strained. In recent weeks, after all, concerns have been raised by senior judges, or on their behalf, on a … Continue reading

April 6, 2011 · 1 Comment

UK Constitutional Law Group launches blog

The reach of this blog is broad.  It will cover all aspects of public law and the constitution.  Its focus will be on the United Kingdom, but it will also … Continue reading

April 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

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