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Jack Simson Caird: Taking Back Control: Brexit, Parliament and the Rule of Law

Over the next six months of the Brexit process, the UK Parliament will make a number of decisions that will have a profound impact on the UK’s constitution and its … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · 6 Comments

Tanzil Chowdhury: Statutorising UK Military Deployments and Assessing Anxieties of Their Justiciability

The paramount anxieties that emerge from attempts to statutorising Parliament’s role in making decisions on whether to commit military action abroad has not just been to do with deferring power … Continue reading

September 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sam Fowles: The Trade Bill 2018: A Step Towards Parliamentary Control of Treaty Making?

The Trade Bill 2017-19, currently undergoing its second reading in the House of Lords, marks a significant step in the evolution of the UK’s constitution in that it gives Parliament … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · 2 Comments

Jacob Rowbottom: Digital Communications, Social Media and the Integrity of Elections

In the 2000s, I attended various seminars in which commentators complained that there had not yet been an ‘internet election’ in the UK. The complaint ran that election debates were … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

Stephen Tierney: The Legislative Supremacy of Government

At the same time as Parliament prepares to ‘take back control’ from Brussels, the executive is in fact accruing to itself further control over the legislative process. In this post … Continue reading

July 3, 2018 · 3 Comments

Ben Yong, Diana Wallis, Murray Hunt, Greg Davies and Cristina Leston-Bandeira: Lawyering for Legislatures: The Roles, Responsibilities and Challenges of Parliamentary Lawyers

Legislatures are confronted with highly complex issues which require legal advice. Much of this work is done by parliamentary lawyers—in-house lawyers who support the legislature in scrutinising legislation and executive … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Kenneth Campbell QC: Wightman v Secretary of State: Article 50 and Parliamentary Privilege

Introductory Litigation about Brexit continues to throw light on constitutional principles, both new and well-established. In the case of Wightman & others, petitioners [2018] CSOH 61, advised on 8 June … Continue reading

June 22, 2018 · 6 Comments