UK Constitutional Law Association

affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law

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

Jan van Zyl Smit: Judicial appointments in the Commonwealth: Is India bucking the trend?

In recent years many Commonwealth states have adopted, or at least debated, reforms to their legal frameworks for the appointment of judges. The stated objectives of such reforms include strengthening … Continue reading

March 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Austerity and Public Law: Stefano Civitarese Matteucci: Austerity and Social Rights in Italy: A Long Standing Story

Editors’ note: During autumn 2015, the blog ran a series titled ‘Austerity and Public Law’. The theme explored the implications or impact of the austerity measures in the UK or … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Eoin Carolan: Some Lessons from Ireland’s Marriage Referendum?

Almost six months after being popularly endorsed in a widely publicised referendum, Ireland’s first same-sex marriages took place on November 17th last. While the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Paul Kildea: Same-sex marriage – Don’t let the people decide

Australian politics is gradually settling back down again after a tumultuous few weeks in which we saw another first-term Prime Minister deposed in a party room ‘spill’. New Prime Minister, … Continue reading

October 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Isaam Bin Haris: Judicial Review of Constitutional Amendments – Pakistan’s Uneasy Subscription to the Basic Structure Doctrine

The basic structure doctrine––first espoused by the Supreme Court of India in the celebrated case of Kesavananda Bharati v State of Kerala––allows courts to invalidate constitutional amendments on the premise … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Derek O’Brien: Magna Carta, the Right to Trial by Jury and the ‘King of Sleaze’

As commentators mark the eight hundredth anniversary of Magna Carta by celebrating its influence in exporting ‘British values’, including the right to trial by jury, across the common law world, … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 2 Comments
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