UK Constitutional Law Association

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Mark Elliott and Stephen Tierney: The House of Lords Constitution Committee Report on ‘The Union and Devolution’

The House of Lords Constitution Committee today publishes its report on ‘The Union and devolution’. This post draws attention to some of its main findings. The Constitution Committee’s report on … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

Barbara Guastaferro: Disowning Edmund Burke? The Constitutional Implications of EVEL on Political Representation

“Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests; which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates” but rather “a … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · 2 Comments

Robert Thomas: Local Government Devolution in England

Cross-posted from the Centre on Constitutional Change. At last, devolution is happening in England, but there are some areas of concern especially as regards the lack of public engagement and … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thomas Fairclough: Constitutional Change, Standing Orders, and EVEL: A Step in the Wrong Direction?

In their 2015 General Election manifesto the Conservative Party promised to end the “manifest unfairness” whereby Scotland could decide its own laws within areas of devolved competence only to have … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · 6 Comments

Pavlos Eleftheriadis: The EU Protects Liberty, but a British Bill of Rights Would Endanger It

Cross-posted from The Conversation. As David Cameron tiptoes towards a referendum which will decide the UK’s future role in Europe, any innovation that could placate eurosceptic sections of the electorate … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · 3 Comments

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

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

Jack Simson Caird: Constitutional Standards, Constitutional Change and EVEL

REPOSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE BLOG OF THE CONSTITUTION UNIT. On August 25th, the Constitution Unit UCL, with the support of the Constitution Society, published the second edition of ‘The … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

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