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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 · Leave a comment

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 · 2 Comments

Gordon Downie: Brexit: What to Make of Directives?

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill seems to make no clear provision for EU Directives to play a role in the UK domestic legal scene following Brexit. The UK Government ought … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Mark Elliott and Stephen Tierney: House of Lords Constitution Committee Issues Interim Report on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

In an interim report on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, the House of Lords Constitution Committee has said that the “political, legal and constitutional significance of the Bill is unparalleled”. … Continue reading

September 7, 2017 · 3 Comments

Announcement: UK Constitutional Law Blog Editorial Changeover

Professor Jeff King (UCL) stepping down as Co-Editor. Professor Alison Young (Oxford) joins Professor Stephen Tierney (Edinburgh) as new Co-Editor. Jeff King (UCL) has been Co-Editor of the UK Constitutional … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Joe Tomlinson: The Policy and Politics of Building Tribunals for a Digital Age: How ‘Design Thinking’ Is Shaping the Future of the Public Law System

Public law litigation is in the process of going digital and, as a result, we are on the brink of a possible paradigm shift. A rather short (16-page) and anodyne-looking … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · 7 Comments

Anne Smith and Colin Harvey: Continuing the Conversation about a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

The long journey towards a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland continues. It is being referred to again in the current negotiations as an unimplemented element of earlier Agreements. We … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment