Weekly round-up

This week’s announcements include:

  1. Study of Parliament Group circular: Committee of Privileges Inquiry Launched
  2. Call for applications, Junior Research Fellowship in Constitutional Law or Constitutional Theory, Trinity College, Oxford University


Study of Parliament Group circular:

Committee of Privileges Inquiry Launched

The House of Commons Committee of Privileges had launched an inquiry into the exercise and enforcement of the powers of the House of Commons in relation to select committees and contempts, following the resolution of the House of 27 October 2016. This inquiry relates particularly to the infrequent occasions upon which witnesses are reluctant to accept invitations to give oral or written evidence. It also covers cases where committees consider that witnesses have failed to give truthful evidence.

The Committee’s call for evidence is available HERE (PDF).

SPG members may be particularly interested in a memorandum from the Clerk of the House of Commons, which the Committee has published on its website, setting out the options for changing the process by which the House ensures that committees receive the cooperation they need from witnesses to carry out their scrutiny functions. The Committee invites submissions on the three options the Clerk’s paper identifies: to do nothing, to reassert the House’s existing powers by amending Standing Orders or by Resolution, or to legislate to provide a statutory regime.



Applications are invited for a stipendiary or a non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship, tenable for three years from 1st October 2017, in Constitutional Law and/or Constitutional Theory. The successful candidate is likely to be at or near the postdoctoral level. This post is sponsored by the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government at the University of Oxford. The Junior Research Fellow must engage in original research, and may undertake a limited amount of teaching with the consent of the College. The combined salary and housing allowance (payable if the appointee does not take up College accommodation) are £31,558 p.a.

Applications should be submitted by email to the Academic Administrator, Trinity College, Oxford (academic.administrator@trinity.ox.ac.uk) by noon (UK time) on Friday 21st April 2017. Full details of items to include in the application are specified in the Further Particulars HERE (PDF). Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held in Oxford on Friday 12th May 2017.

Further particulars, including details of salary and other benefits, are on the Trinity College website.

Trinity College and the University of Oxford are Equal Opportunities Employers