UK Constitutional Law Association

affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law

Janet McLean: Hard power but soft law: second thoughts about the third source?

Does government have the power of an ordinary person, to do that which is not prohibited? Two recent cases, one from UK and one from NZ, raise this question and … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

Stephen Tierney: Why is Scottish Independence Unclear?

As commentators we seem to end many of our contributions to the independence debate with the rather unhelpful conclusion that much remains, and will continue to remain, uncertain; a state … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 6 Comments

Thomas Adams: Wade’s Factortame

William Wade’s analysis of the second Factortame case ((1996) 112 Law Quarterly Review 568) is well known, and justly so. The facts, too, require little in the way of rehearsal. … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · 3 Comments

Jacob Rowbottom: Laws, Miranda and the Democratic Justification for Expression

The Divisional Court’s decision in the David Miranda case has provoked much controversy and debate about freedom of the press and national security issues. About halfway through his judgment, Laws … Continue reading

February 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

Neil Walker on Scotland: Hijacking the Debate

Let me lay my cards on the table. I remain inclined to vote ‘no’ in September’s referendum. I put it no stronger than ‘inclined’ in part  because I believe, in  … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

Const. Court for South Africa: Invitation for Foreign Law Clerks

The Justices of the Constitutional Court of South Africa are pleased to invite applications from outstanding recent law graduates and young lawyers interested in serving as foreign law clerks.  Candidates … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Alison Young on HS2: Wilkommen zum Constitutional Pluralism

The HS2 case is widely recognised as the first important Constitutional case of the year. Its importance for parliamentary sovereignty and the relationship between EU law and national law appears … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 8 Comments

Alan Trench: Scottish independence: does taking a sterling currency union off the table change the game?

The heavy trailing of an announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer (and Danny Alexander and Ed Balls) that the UK Government is not prepared to establish a currency union with … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

SLS Public Law Section: Call for Papers for 2014 SLS Annual Conference at University of Nottingham

This is a call for papers for the Public Law section of the 2014 SLS Annual Conference to be held at the University of Nottingham from 9th-12th September.  The overall … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Richard Ekins: A modest proposal: prudence, proportionality and (forced) prostitution

Late last year, in Bedford, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down a set of legislative provisions prohibiting the running of brothels, living on the proceeds of prostitution, and communicating … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 6 Comments

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