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Oliver Butler: The Data Protection Bill and Public Authority Powers to Process Personal Data: Resurrecting Clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill 2009?

The Data Protection Bill currently before Parliament substantially resurrects the controversial clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill 2009. Careful scrutiny of this provision is needed and it must … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · 5 Comments

Graham Gee and Erika Rackley: Challenging the JAC

One might be forgiven for thinking that the pressure was easing off on judicial diversity, at least for a while. Following Lord Neuberger’s retirement, Lady Hale is now President of … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Javier Garcia Oliva: Why the Constitutional Treatment of Religion in Great Britain Matters in Religious Disputes

Two high profile cases concerning the approach of public authorities towards religion and identity, where the care and future of looked after children were concerned, have featured this summer. Firstly, … Continue reading

September 26, 2017 · 3 Comments

Jonathan Collinson: Disqualifying Dual-National Parliamentarians in Australia: A Problem of Legal Status or of Their True ‘Belonging’ to Australia?

It has been reported that the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Barnaby Joyce, has referred himself to the Australian High Court over his eligibility to sit in Australia’s Parliament. It … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Isaam Bin Haris: The ‘Continuing Mandamus’, Institutional Failure and Judicial Independence – Pakistan’s Three-Pronged Conundrum

On the 20th of April this year, the Supreme Court of Pakistan passed the first substantive order in the ‘Panama case’ – a phrase used to refer to the petitions … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thomas Fairclough: What’s New About the Rule of Law? A Reply to Michal Hain

This blog recently published a detailed piece by Michal Hain. He made some very interesting claims that this note will examine. I start by explaining Hain’s arguments and ordering them … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

Michal Hain: Guardians of the Constitution – the Constitutional Implications of a Substantive Rule of Law

A constitutional storm is brewing. Whilst it is too early to perform the burial rites for parliamentary sovereignty, the Supreme Court’s decisions in R (UNISON) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · 4 Comments