UK Constitutional Law Association

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Ronan McCrea: Brexit EU Citizenship Rights of UK Nationals and the Court of Justice

Quite a stir has been generated by the decision of a Dutch court to make a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union on the issue of … Continue reading

February 8, 2018 · 10 Comments

Jonathan Collinson: Disqualifying Dual-National Parliamentarians in Australia: A Problem of Legal Status or of Their True ‘Belonging’ to Australia?

It has been reported that the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Barnaby Joyce, has referred himself to the Australian High Court over his eligibility to sit in Australia’s Parliament. It … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Alison Young: Towards an Expository Justice Approach to Human Rights Adudication?

The recent Supreme Court Case of R (Johnson) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, [2016] UKSC 56, appears at first glance to be a straightforward human rights claim. Lady Hale, … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

Colin Harvey: Citizenship and Political Rights in Ireland

Cross-posted from RightsNI. Ireland’s system of voting rights (for Irish citizens) places particular emphasis on residency within the state. With some limited exceptions, there is a near blanket exclusion of … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ruvi Ziegler: The ‘Brexit’ Referendum: We Need to Talk about the (General Election) Franchise

In its 27 May 2015 Queen’s speech, the Conservative government announced that ‘early legislation will be introduced to provide for an in/out referendum’. The following day, it introduced the European … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

Hayley Hooper: The Counter Terrorism and Security Bill: A Potential Further Erosion of Citizenship Rights in the UK

Reposted from the Constitution Unit Blog. The Counter Terrorism and Security Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 7 January 2015 using a semi-fast-track procedure. The Bill provides … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tom Hickman: ISIS, passports and Magna Carta: New national security powers raise complex issues

On 1 September the Prime Minister made a statement to Parliament in which he indicated that the Government was considering introducing the following new national security measures: Powers to enable … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nick Barber: After the Vote: The Citizenship Question

Three intertwined questions relating to citizenship will become of great importance if there is a ‘yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum. First, who will become, or be able to become, … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · 12 Comments

Ralph Janik: Jihad and Citizenship: Assessing the Austrian amendment

Increasing numbers of young European fighters join various jihadist groups involved in the various armed conflicts in the Middle East. Slowly, the affected states – among them Austria – are … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

David Mead: Real-ising Human Rights: On The Ground Protection Under The HRA Through Citizenship Education

Floundering for an angle as a member of a panel looking at the way forward after the Bill of Rights Commission report (organised by the Human Rights Centre at Durham), … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · 3 Comments

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