UK Constitutional Law Association

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Tobias Lock and Tom Gerald Daly: Brexit and the British Bill of Rights: Capturing Constitutional Complexity

Euroscepticism – usually framed as an argument from national sovereignty – was an important driving force behind Brexit, but also serves as a key motivator behind efforts to reform domestic … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

Thomas Raine: The CJEU and Data Retention: A Critical Take on the Watson Case

In Joined Cases C-203/15 and C-698/15 Secretary of State for the Home Department v Watson, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) provided further details about the requirements … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Anne Smith and Monica McWilliams: Now Is the Time to Re-open the Debate about Progressing the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights

Following the results of the Brexit referendum  in the UK and the Conservative’s plans both to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights and to withdraw … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Christina Lienen: When Strasbourg Won’t Have It – Push for or Limitation of Common Law Constitutional Rights?

On 8 November 2016 the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’) in Magyar Helsinki Bizottság v Hungary decided that Art 10 did indeed confer a right … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Richard Clayton QC: New Directions for Article 10: Strasbourg Reverses the Supreme Court in Kennedy

The Supreme Court decision in Kennedy v Charity Commission was striking from many points of view.  Mr Kennedy was a journalist frustrated by the way the Commission handled his allegations … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

Eric King and Daniella Lock: Investigatory Powers Bill: Key Changes Made by the Lords

What was formerly known as the Investigatory Powers Bill has received Royal Assent and is now the Investigatory Powers Act. The Bill was first published in draft form in November … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · 4 Comments

Thomas Raine: The Value of Article 14 ECHR: The Supreme Court and the ‘Bedroom Tax’

Since it was introduced under the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012, the removal of the spare room subsidy, or ‘bedroom tax’ as it is known, has been one of the … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 2 Comments