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Chintan Chandrachud: Beyond Ghaidan and Back: the Supreme Court of India on Rights-Compliant Interpretation

 Ghaidan v Godin-Mendoza remains the leading case on rights-compliant interpretation under section 3 of the UK Human Rights Act 1998. In Ghaidan, the majority on the House of Lords held … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

Gavin Phillipson: “Historic” Commons’ Syria vote: the constitutional significance. Part II – the way forward

In Part I of this blog post I set out in detail the reasoned case for my opinion that, following the Syria vote in August 2013, there is a constitutional … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

John Stanton: The road from Gettysburg. Are we nearly there yet?

Last Friday, much was made of the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, 22 November 1963. The 35th President of the United States, ‘JFK’ oversaw, inter alia, … Continue reading

November 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

News: Scottish White Paper

The White Paper on Scottish Independence was published yesterday.  It can be accessed online, or those within the United Kingdom can request a hard copy by emailing:; or by … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Helen Fenwick: Prisoners’ Voting Rights, Subsidiarity, and Protocols 15 and 16: Re-creating Dialogue With the Strasbourg Court?

This blog does not intend to rehearse the merits of the prisoners’ voting rights saga. In principle it is hard to muster reasons providing a basis for banning prisoners from … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Adam Perry and Farrah Ahmed: Are Constitutional Statutes ‘Quasi-Entrenched’?

The Supreme Court issued its decision in H v Lord Advocate (pdf) in 2012. The decision has been virtually ignored by constitutional scholars, but we believe it may be of … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 7 Comments

Philip Murray: Natural Justice at the Boundaries of Public Law

The intention of this post is a simple one: to assess the ways in which natural justice arguments have historically been raised in private law proceedings. By “natural justice” I … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Call for Papers: The Preliminary Reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union By Constitutional Courts

A seminar in memory of Gabriella Angiulli Organised by the Centro di Studi sul Parlamento, LUISS Guido Carli of Rome, in co-operation with the Centro interdipartimentale di ricerca e formazione … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Mark Elliott: Where next for the Wednesbury principle? A brief response to Lord Carnwath

In his recent annual lecture to the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association, Lord Carnwath spoke to the title: “From judicial outrage to sliding scales—where next for Wednesbury?” In this post, I outline … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Danny Nicol: Doctor Who and the Constitution

The BBC’s longest-running drama series Doctor Who is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.  Doctor Who might seem rather distant from matters of constitution and law.  In fact questions of politics, … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

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