UK Constitutional Law Association

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Robert Brett Taylor: The House of Lords and Constitutional Conventions: The Case for Legislative Reform

On October 26th 2015 a majority of Peers within the House of Lords defeated the Conservative Government’s plans to reform child tax credit by supporting two motions put forward by … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

Christine Bell: A Modest Proposal: Power-sharing for the UK

This blog argues that the UK is moving towards a form of consociational (political power-sharing) constitutional settlement. I consider whether embracing and developing its silent consociational elements could form the … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Thomas Adams: The Politics of ‘Judicial Power’

The judge, Ronald Dworkin famously argued, must think of themselves as an author, albeit one with a special responsibility. Their task, he said, is to interpret and then situate themself … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Richard Kirkham and Brian Thompson: Judicial Neutering of the Powers of the Ombudsman

Conventional legal understandings of the powers of public service ombudsman schemes rest on the twin principles that they (a) have significant discretion with which to implement their powers and (b) … Continue reading

November 10, 2015 · 3 Comments

Peter C. Oliver: Canada: Election 2015

The numbers On October 19, 2015, after almost ten years of Conservative rule, Canadian voters elected a majority Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau, eldest son of former Liberal Prime … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Weekly round-up of events

This week’s event announcements include: Conference announcement: ‘Fifty Years of the British Indian Ocean Territory’, 12 November 2015 Seminar reminder: ‘The Formation of a Constitutional Tradition in Continental Europe since … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Richard Ekins and Guglielmo Verdirame: The Ministerial Code and the Rule of Law

Editors’ note: This is an updated and slightly expanded version of an earlier post published on the Judicial Power Project website. It is cross-posted here with permission. The debate about … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 6 Comments

Adam Tucker: Tax Credits, Delegated Legislation, and Executive Power

Following the (provisional) defeat of the Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 in the House of Lords last week, a narrative has very quickly been … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · 10 Comments

Chintan Chandrachud: Debating the NJAC Judgment of the Supreme Court of India: Three Dimensions

Over a week has passed since the Supreme Court of India, in what will most commonly be described as the ‘fourth judges case’, struck down a constitutional amendment and a … Continue reading

November 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Meg Russell: The Lords, Politics and Finance

Cross-posted from the Constitution Unit blog. In the aftermath of last Monday’s Lords defeats on tax credit cuts there has been much talk of a ‘constitutional crisis’. In this post Meg … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · 5 Comments

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