UK Constitutional Law Association

affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law

Blog: how to use it

Since its launch in November 2010, the UKCLA blog has developed into an invaluable repository of expert comment and analysis on matters of constitutional law in the UK and further afield. Blog posts have been cited in academic writing, official publications and in the news media.

Current awareness

A good way to keep up to date with new blog posts is by entering your email address then pressing the “Sign me up!” button (right), which will automatically deliver every new post to your email inbox. You can unsubscribe at any time. There is no charge for signing up to the blog but if you find the blog useful please become a member of the UKCLA.

By kind permission of the journal Public Law, four times a year we republish its Current Survey section. Compiled by Professor David Mead (UEA), this provides a systematic update of recent developments.

If you are on Twitter, follow us @ukcla to receive a link to every new post in your twitter feed.

You can share a blog post with colleagues by pressing the “share” button at the bottom of each post, which enables you to send the post as an email, print it out, post it to your Facebook account, or tweet it.


If you want to find past blog posts on a particular topic, you can

  • use the search tool (the box with an icon of a magnifying glass, righthand column)
  • click on the  “categories” (scroll down the righthand column)
  • use the “archive” to browse by date (scroll down the righthand column).

If you are referring to a blog post in academic writing, at the bottom of each blog post the editors suggest a citation format.

Contributing posts

If you would like to contribute a blog post, contact the editors Jeff King and Stephen Tierney. Please follow these guidelines in your contributions:

Substantive posts:

  1. Submit in MS Word file.
  2. Ideal length: 1000-1500 words.
  3. Include embedded hyperlinks to any decisions, reports or legislation mentioned. If you are unsure how to do this, let the blog editors know and they will provide assistance.
  4. If making reference to a publication that is central to the discussion, include a hyperlink to said publication.
  5. Include: (i) a title at the top of the post, (ii) the author’s profile information, and (iii) if it is the author’s first time submitting, include a profile photo.
  6. You can find a properly formatted post here.

Conference, Workshop or Lecture Announcements:

  1. Submit in MS Word file.
  2. Include a short title to act as the header for the announcement.
  3. Attach to email message any logos or photos you wish to have appear with the post (at least one is mandatory – it can be the logo or photo from the faculty at which it is held, the association hosting it, the speaker etc.)
  4. You can find a properly formatted announcement here.

Please note that for ease of reference event announcements will be publicised cumulatively in a weekly post on Friday afternoons.


Comments on blog posts are welcomed: they are moderated by the editors and do not appear immediately. Comments incompatible with the ethos of a scholarly association are not published.

Copyright and reblogging

Copyright in blog posts belongs to the individual author, to whom any requests to republish should be addressed. 


The opinions and analysis contained in blog posts and comments are those of the individual authors not the UKCLA as a whole, its editors, officers, executive committee or members. Nothing contained on this blog constitutes legal advice; if you have a practical problem, you should consult a qualified legal adviser.

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