UK Constitutional Law Association

affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law

Paul Bernal: Between a European Rock and an American Hard Place?

Europe and the US have had very different approaches to privacy – and in particular data privacy – for a very long time. Data protection, the centrepiece of European data … Continue reading

February 27, 2012 · 2 Comments

Patrick O’Brien: The European Fiscal Treaty: Constitutionalising ‘The Road to Serfdom’?

I start with a very old bad joke. A tourist is in Dublin, Ireland. In the midst of pondering the evident decline in the country’s fortunes (empty blocks of new … Continue reading

February 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

Jan Komarek: Playing With Matches: The Czech Constitutional Court’s Ultra Vires Revolution

When the Czech Constitutional Court (CCC) declared the CJEU’s judgment in C-399/09 Landtová “ultra vires”, one of my colleagues commented: “giving Solange into their hands was like to let children … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

Kate Malleson: Taking the politics out of judicial appointments?

Seven years after the judicial appointments process was completely refashioned under the provisions of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (CRA), the system is being looked at again. In November, the … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · 6 Comments

Stuart Lakin: What Role Should Judges Play in the Constitution Justice Sumption?

In his recent F.A. Mann lecture Jonathan Sumption Q.C., the newly appointed member of the Supreme Court, took up the question of the proper role of judges vis-a-vis the political … Continue reading

February 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

Armin von Bogdandy, Matthias Kottmann, Carlino Antpöhler, Johanna Dickschen, Simon Hentrei and Maja Smrkolj: A Rescue Package for EU Fundamental Rights – Illustrated with Reference to the Example of Media Freedom

Fundamental rights protection, once a side show, has become important for the EU, as proved by the newfound treaty recognition of the EU fundamental rights charter (CFREU), and the upcoming … Continue reading

February 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution Produces Report on Legality of Scottish Referendum.

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution has published a report on the legal issues raised by the proposed referendum on Scottish Independence.  One of the issues they … Continue reading

February 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Grégoire Webber: On Independence for Scotland: An Overview Of Canadian Experience

Canadian constitutional experience with federal-provincial relations and a bill of rights has provided a point of comparison for the United Kingdom’s devolution measures and Human Rights Act. Today, with the … Continue reading

February 17, 2012 · 2 Comments

Alison L. Young: Whose Convention Rights are they anyway?

It is probably an under-statement to say that the Human Rights Act 1998 is not Teresa May’s favourite statute. The decision to grant bail to Abu Qatada, following on from … Continue reading

February 12, 2012 · 3 Comments

Nick Barber: The Sophick Constitution

With the United Kingdom facing severe financial hardship – and some European countries even facing bankruptcy – we should consider all potential solutions to our problems, however unorthodox.  In The … Continue reading

February 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

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