UK Constitutional Law Association

affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law

Jacob Rowbottom: Campaign Lies and the First Amendment

It is now a tradition that during an America presidential election year, commentators shall declare the campaigns to be the ‘nastiest’ and ‘dirtiest’ ever. It is difficult to know whether … Continue reading

October 30, 2012 · 2 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

News: IACL website

The website of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) has had a make-over: see here. Paid-up subscribers to the UK Constitutional Law Group (which is the British section of … Continue reading

October 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Jeff King: Down with Pirates

In this post, I argue against protest voting for fringe parties that mock the conventional party systems.  To some it may look liberal and progressive, but it in fact offers … Continue reading

October 20, 2012 · 6 Comments

Mike Gordon: Time for a Citizens’ Assembly on Lords Reform?

After the collapse of the coalition government’s House of Lords Reform Bill in August, the UK Parliament’s upper chamber remains resolutely unreformed.  The substance of this most recent attempt to … Continue reading

October 17, 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

Event: invitation to the 2012 ‘Public Law’ lecture, Thursday 6 December 2012 at 6.30 pm

Professor Neil Walker on Our Constitutional Unsettlement 6.30pm, Thursday 6 December 2012 Arts Two Building,  Queen Mary, University of London,  Mile End Road, London E1 4NS Please book online here. This is … Continue reading

October 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

News: Scottish Referendum Question Appears to be Resolved.

The debate over the legality of a Scottish referendum appears to be over.  The media are reporting that the Scottish and Westminster governments are on the verge of agreement, using … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Mark Elliott and Christopher Forsyth: A right to administrative justice?

In its second consultation paper, the Commission on a Bill of Rights asks whether a UK bill of rights should contain a right to administrative justice. This is a question … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · 3 Comments

Helen Fenwick: What’s Wrong with s.2 of the Human Rights Act?

It’s rare for a section of an Act of Parliament to arouse as much ire as s2 does, or for it to be asked to play such divergent roles by … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · 6 Comments

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