UK Constitutional Law Association

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Sarah Keenan: The Blurring of Australian and Nauruan Jurisdiction

On Easter Sunday, it was revealed that Nauru had withdrawn from the bilateral treaty which gave Nauruan residents access of appeal to the High Court of Australia. The following day, … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · 4 Comments

Luke Beck: Australia’s Next King Could be Muslim or Catholic

Could Australia’s next king be a Muslim, a Catholic or some other non-Anglican? The answer according to the Australian Constitution is yes. It is well known that various religious tests … Continue reading

January 19, 2018 · 9 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

Narelle Bedford: Public Law, No Disgrace in Australia but Room for Improvements

Writing recently Tom Hickman raised the vital issue that fear of an adverse cost order can prevent potential applicants from seeking judicial review in UK courts with serious consequences for … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Ron Levy and Graeme Orr: To Save Democracy, Reform the Law

The US election just passed has made many people wonder about the merits of democracy. If an election can still be won using the dark rhetorics of earlier, troubled times … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 3 Comments

Luke Beck: The Constitutionality of Australia’s Offshore Detention Regime for Asylum Seekers: Two Very Recent Cases

On a far smaller scale that currently being experienced in Europe, Australia has had an issue with asylum seekers arriving on its shores by boat. The issue is politically contentious … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

George Williams and Daniel Reynolds: The First Four Years of Australia’s Parliamentary Scrutiny Regime for Human Rights

Australia is an exception when it comes to the legal protection of human rights. It remains the only democracy without a national human rights act or Bill of Rights. This … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · 1 Comment