UK Constitutional Law Association

affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law

Jan van Zyl Smit: Judicial appointments in the Commonwealth: Is India bucking the trend?

In recent years many Commonwealth states have adopted, or at least debated, reforms to their legal frameworks for the appointment of judges. The stated objectives of such reforms include strengthening … Continue reading

March 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Christopher Forsyth: Principle or Pragmatism: Closed Material Procedure in the Supreme Court

 In Al Rawi & Ors v The Security Service & Ors [2011] UKSC 34; [2012] 1 AC 531 the claimants (respondents in the Supreme Court) were bringing civil claims for … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · 4 Comments

Patrick O’Brien: Does the Lord Chancellor really exist?

On 12 June 2003 a minor constitutional revolution began with the resignation of Lord Irvine as Lord Chancellor and the announcement of a package of reforms including the abolition of … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 14 Comments

Kate Malleson: Taking the politics out of judicial appointments?

Seven years after the judicial appointments process was completely refashioned under the provisions of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (CRA), the system is being looked at again. In November, the … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · 6 Comments

Roger Masterman and Jo Murkens: What Kind of a Court is the UK Supreme Court?

The United Kingdom Supreme Court (UKSC) is something of a novel institution among apex courts.  It is not a typical supreme court with strong powers of constitutional review, but it … Continue reading

October 11, 2011 · 5 Comments
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