UK Constitutional Law Association

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Greg Weeks: Comment on Australia: Protection of refugees who do not “live discreetly”

At the political level, Australia’s lamentable record of mistreating refugees is well established and is catalogued and critiqued elsewhere, such as by my colleagues at the Kaldor Centre for International … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Luke Beck: Scottish Independence and Australia

What effect might Scottish independence might have on Australia’s constitutional arrangements? This might seem like an odd question but there has been a suggestion in Australia that there might be … Continue reading

September 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Greg Weeks: Comment on Australia: A Disappointing Backward Step in Information Policy

Australia’s Coalition government handed down its first Budget on 13 May 2014, which has since proved controversial in several respects. The Budget’s impact on groups such as the elderly, the … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

J. R. Nethercote: Forgotten centenary: Joseph Cook and the 1914 Double Dissolution of the Australian Parliament

The assassination and obsequies of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his Duchess did not occupy the front pages of newspapers for long. Various European capitals were preoccupied by the crisis, with … Continue reading

July 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gabrielle Appleby and Joanna Howe: The High Court ends backdoor law making (for now)

Central to the Australia’s conservative Coalition Government’s successful 2013 electoral campaign was its promise to ‘stop the boats’. By this, it was intended that the Coalition would do all it … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Andrew Lynch: Judicial Appointments in Australia – Reform in Retreat

The creation of formal processes governing the appointment of judges has been a notable element in the broader project of constitutional reform in the United Kingdom over the last 16 … Continue reading

May 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Paul Kildea: Australia’s abandoned local government referendum

It is almost forgotten now, but Australians were recently set to vote in a referendum on the constitutional recognition of local government. Had it gone ahead, the referendum would have … Continue reading

November 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Scott Stephenson: Federalism and Liberty in Australia Through the Lenses of Same-Sex Marriage and Organised Crime

American constitutional scholarship is replete with discussions of the relationship between federalism and liberty. Some argue that a plurality of jurisdictions creates competition, allowing citizens to ‘vote with their feet’ … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Greg Weeks: Proposed changes to Australia’s Migration Act

Australia is in the midst of an election campaign and, as has been the norm over recent years, both major parties have taken an aggressive line on asylum seekers who … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

Leah Grolman and Greg Weeks: Guidelines and Assisted Suicide: an Australian Perspective

The morally and politically charged area of assisted suicide has many of the hallmarks of an insoluble problem. This has not prevented courts in some jurisdictions considering how they might … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

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