UK Constitutional Law Association

affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law

Event: Scottish Public Law Group Annual Conference

Scottish Public Law Group Annual Conference The SPLG’s Annual Update Conference on public law will take place on Monday 11th June at the Roxburghe Hotel in Edinburgh. This full day conference … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Stephen Tierney: Canadian Constitutional Change 30 Years On: Notes from a Small Island

A number of events have been held recently in Canada to mark the 30th anniversary of the ‘patriation’ of the constitution through the (Westminster enacted) Canada Act 1982, schedule B … Continue reading

May 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

David Mead: Be careful what you wish for….it may never happen: the curious incident of peaceful protest under the coalition

If a week’s a long time in politics, then two years is surely a couple of lifetimes? Hidden away – it now seems – in the coalition’s Programme for Government … Continue reading

May 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bradley W. Miller: Proportionality and Legislative Purpose

In conducting constitutional review with a proportionality test, much depends on the how the purpose of the challenged legislation is characterized by the reviewing court.  It is a commonplace that … Continue reading

May 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Reminder of UKCLG-sponsored meeting on Monday 21 May 2012, 6 pm

The event is organised by the Italian Cultural Institute of London, the Devolution Club, the UK Constitutional Law Group, the Federal Trust, London Metropolitan University, and the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development.

May 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Richard Ekins: Yemshaw and “updating” statutes

Should judges update the meaning of statutes?  Consider Yemshaw v London Borough of Hounslow [2011] UKSC 3, in which the Supreme Court updated a statute. The question in Yemshaw was … Continue reading

May 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Dawn Oliver: Parliamentary Sovereignty: A Pragmatic or Principled Doctrine?

Imagine that Parliament has recently passed a provision authorising the indefinite detention without trial of suspected terrorists. The measure was passed during a public panic about terrorism. Public opinion and … Continue reading

May 3, 2012 · 7 Comments

Tom Hickman: Freedom of expression and the Olympics

One may question whether “the practice of sport is a human right”, as stated in the Olympic Charter. But it cannot be doubted that it is not as important as … Continue reading

May 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

Carol Harlow: Surveillance and the Superstate

For a society as devoted to secrets and privacy as the British are traditionally supposed to be, however, the law possesses surprisingly few protections for the communications of its citizens. … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

Roger Masterman: ‘I like Parliament, and I like courts. Which is best? There is only one way to find out … FIGHT!’

The debate over which institution of government possesses ultimate constitutional authority for determining questions of human rights is – of course – a hugely important question to be confronted by … Continue reading

May 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

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