UK Constitutional Law Association

affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law

Ben Yong, Diana Wallis, Murray Hunt, Greg Davies and Cristina Leston-Bandeira: Lawyering for Legislatures: The Roles, Responsibilities and Challenges of Parliamentary Lawyers

Legislatures are confronted with highly complex issues which require legal advice. Much of this work is done by parliamentary lawyers—in-house lawyers who support the legislature in scrutinising legislation and executive … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Robert Craig: New Article 50 Case Resoundingly Rejected by the Divisional Court

In the film ‘Gladiator’ an epic and brutal battle scene at the beginning is followed by the Emperor’s pampered and rich son arriving the next day in a coach. He … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · 9 Comments

Tom Hickey: The Republican Core of the Case for Judicial Review

Richard Bellamy is right about many things. One of them is that judicial review cannot be defended on the basis of what he calls its “epistemic properties:” on its supposed … Continue reading

June 25, 2018 · 3 Comments

Weekly round-up of events

This week’s event announcement is below. ~~~ ALBA Summer Conference 2018 Booking is now open for ALBA’s summer conference, which is returning by popular demand to St John’s College Cambridge … Continue reading

June 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kenneth Campbell QC: Wightman v Secretary of State: Article 50 and Parliamentary Privilege

Introductory Litigation about Brexit continues to throw light on constitutional principles, both new and well-established. In the case of Wightman & others, petitioners [2018] CSOH 61, advised on 8 June … Continue reading

June 22, 2018 · 6 Comments

Massimo Fichera: The Italian President and the Security of the European Project

In a previous post, I have argued that the recent decision of the Italian President of the Republic, Pierluigi Mattarella, to refuse to appoint as Finance Minister Paolo Savona, was … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Alison Young: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and the Meaningful Vote: Constititutional Inconsistency or Constitutional Inconvenience?

This post will focus on the constitutional issues arising from the debate on the ‘meaningful vote’. There have been various solutions proposed in legislative amendments by the House of Lords, … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · 6 Comments