UK Constitutional Law Association

affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law

Alison Young: R (Evans) v Attorney General [2015] UKSC 21 – the Anisminic of the 21st Century?

On Thursday 26th March the Supreme Court concluded, to the delight of The Guardian and the dismay of the Prime Minister, that communications between Prince Charles and government Ministers – … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 7 Comments

Anthony Fairclough: Countdown to the Election: Matrix briefing on freedom of expression at elections

It’s trite to say, but we are just weeks away from the most important General Election in a generation – especially for those interested in election law. The culture of … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Murray Wesson: What is the (Australian) Constitution For?

At some point in the next few years, Australians are likely to vote in a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. The exact … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Stefan Theil: Three insights from Peter Häberle’s “Preambles in the text and context of constitutions”

Preambles are a hallmark of constitutions, and questions regarding their inclusion and content are an important part of the drafting process: a clear majority of the 194 constitutions analysed by … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Dawn Oliver: Surprises in Magna Carta

I assume that I am not the only public lawyer who decided to read Magna Carta and some literature about it for the first time this year, and found some … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 3 Comments

Tom Hickman and Maurice Sunkin: Success in Judicial Review: The Current Position

Avid readers of the legal press may have spotted the eye-catching statistic that in 2014 a meagre 1% of claims for judicial review were successful. The figure is derived from … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

Ben Christman: An Unholy Resurrection in the Court of Session

Relaxed standing tests for judicial review are critical to maintain the rule of law. Too restrictive, and the executive may act unlawfully – safe in the knowledge that judicial oversight … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bob Hudson: DevoManc and the NHS: Mind the gaps

Following an agreement last year to devolve powers to the Greater Manchester region and for the creation of a directly elected mayor, George Osborne has announced a new agreement to devolve … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Richard Clayton QC: Fairness, Consultation, and the Supreme Court: There Is (Sometimes) an Alternative

In the last few years Austerity Britain has generated a large number of judicial review challenges to public spending cuts, particularly against local authorities. Many cases allege that the public … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Event: What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us: Is it time to repeal the Human Rights Act?

The Faculty of Law, BPP University invite you to a symposium on ‘What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us: Is it time to repeal the … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

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