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Alison Young: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and the Meaningful Vote: Constititutional Inconsistency or Constitutional Inconvenience?

This post will focus on the constitutional issues arising from the debate on the ‘meaningful vote’. There have been various solutions proposed in legislative amendments by the House of Lords, … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · 3 Comments

Francis Young: Parliament and Taking Back Control: A Precedent from the Maastricht Debates

This post considers whether it is a convention of the British constitution that Parliament cannot direct the executive in the making of treaties. The context, of course, is the current … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · 7 Comments

Francis Young: “Packing” the Lords: Some Legal Reflections

The recent string of Government defeats in the House of Lords over amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has reignited the debate over the role of the Lords in … Continue reading

May 16, 2018 · 18 Comments

Paul F. Scott: The Belhaj Saga: The Beginning of the End?

Introduction The announcement today that the government has apologised to Abdelhakim Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar, as well as paying compensation of £500,000 to the latter, would seem to mark the … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

Mark Bennett: The Ever-Expanding ‘Emergency’ Exception: Syria, the War Powers Convention, and the Bypassing of Prior Parliamentary Debate

Introduction In a recent post on this blog, Veronika Fikfak and Hayley Hooper outlined the implications of the UK’s military intervention in Syria, on 13 April 2018, vis-à-vis the so-called … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

Veronika Fikfak and Hayley J. Hooper: Whither the War Powers Convention? What Next for Parliamentary Control of Armed Conflict after Syria?

A. Introduction and Background On Friday 13 April 2018 the Royal Air Force participated in air strikes (together with the United States and France) to degrade the Syrian regime’s chemical … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · 4 Comments

Joe Tomlinson: Public Law in Pieces: A Reply to Professor Sossin and Some Suggestions for HMCTS

In a previous post on this blog, I introduced the growing influence of “design thinking” in the administrative justice system (the post is available here). In that post, I made … Continue reading

April 19, 2018 · 1 Comment