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Byron Karemba: The Investigatory Powers Bill: Putting the Investigatory Powers Commissioner in Focus (Part II)

Following on from the first post focusing on the double-lock in the Investigatory Powers Bill (“the Bill”). This second entry looks at the “institutional and procedural” issues around the introduction … Continue reading

April 15, 2016 · 1 Comment

Graham John Wheeler: The British Overseas Territories and “Direct Rule”

In the wake of the Mossack Fonseca affair, there have been calls for London to impose “direct rule” on some of the British Overseas Territories which are used for offshore … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

Byron Karemba: The Investigatory Powers Bill: Introducing Judicial Authorisation of Surveillance Warrants in the United Kingdom – Putting the ‘Double-Lock’ in Focus (Part I)

When the Home Secretary commended the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny in November 2015, she lauded the oversight mechanisms in the Bill as ‘world-leading.’ A seminal feature of … Continue reading

March 22, 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 · 4 Comments

Mike Gordon: The UK’s Sovereignty Uncertainty

The sovereignty strand of the renegotiation of the UK’s position in the EU was always likely to raise challenges. This is, in part, because ‘sovereignty’ itself is a contested idea: … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · 1 Comment

Meg Russell and Daniel Gover: The Lords, Financial Privilege and the EU Referendum Franchise

Cross-posted from the Constitution Unit blog. The House of Lords amended the government’s European Union Referendum Bill in order to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in the referendum. Last … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tom Hickman: The Investigatory Powers Bill: What’s Hot and What’s Not?

Editors’ Note: This unusually long post addresses an abnormally large bill on an exceptionally important topic. We hope readers will appreciate the reasons for departing from our normal practice regarding … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · 1 Comment
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