UK Constitutional Law Association

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Jan van Zyl Smit: After Poland’s Attempted Purge of ‘Communist-era’ Judges, Do We Need New International Standards for Post-authoritarian Countries Reforming Their Judiciary? (Part II)

Editors’ note: This is Part II of a two-part contribution. You can read Part I HERE. In Part I of this blog post, I discussed the recent attempt by the … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · 2 Comments

Jan van Zyl Smit: After Poland’s Attempted Purge of ‘Communist-era’ Judges, Do We Need New International Standards for Post-authoritarian Countries Reforming Their Judiciary? (Part I)

Editors’ note: This is the first of a two-part contribution, the second part of which will appear on the blog tomorrow. For most of last year, the government of Poland … Continue reading

January 15, 2019 · 6 Comments

Lewis Graham: Lady Justices and Dissent on the Court of Appeal of England and Wales

Much has been said on the gender imbalance of the senior courts of England and Wales. Since the House of Lords became the Supreme Court in 2009, a total of … Continue reading

November 15, 2018 · 7 Comments

Robert Craig: The Peter Hain Case: The Effect of Article IX

Peter Hain’s decision to breach an interim injunction granted by the Court of Appeal in the case of ABC v Telegraph Media Group has caused serious concern. It is one … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · 3 Comments

Jelena Gligorijevic: Breaching Injunctions in Parliament: An Unconstitutional Abuse of Parliamentary Privilege

Two days after the Court of Appeal granted an interim injunction restraining reportage of harassment allegations against a high-profile businessman (ABC v Telegraph Media Group Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2329), … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · 4 Comments

Erika Rackley and Rosemary Hunter: Judicial Leadership, Lady Hale and the UK Supreme Court

It has been a busy nine months since Lady Hale assumed formal leadership of the UK Supreme Court. During this time she has sworn-in three new colleagues, lead the court … Continue reading

May 30, 2018 · 2 Comments

Graham Gee and Erika Rackley: Challenging the JAC

One might be forgiven for thinking that the pressure was easing off on judicial diversity, at least for a while. Following Lord Neuberger’s retirement, Lady Hale is now President of … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Rachel Jones: Increasing Judicial Diversity – A Constitutional Imperative?

Tuesday marked the launch of JUSTICE’s Working Party report, Increasing judicial diversity.  The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, spoke at the event, alongside Chair of the Working Party and leading … Continue reading

April 27, 2017 · 5 Comments

Jeff King and Nick Barber: In Defence of Miller

Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has stimulated quite a bit of debate. Some criticism of the decision has been well-informed and thoughtful, whilst some of … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · 21 Comments

Luke McDonagh: What Future for the Rule of Law and Human Rights in the New Populist Environment?

Introductions When I teach UK constitutional law to my students we often discuss the relationship between UK parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law, and the tensions that inevitably occur … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · 5 Comments

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