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Thomas Poole: Losing our Religion? Public Law and Brexit

Prerogative is the enemy of the people. This has been settled as matter of law for a very long time. The constitutional settlement of 1688 made a decision for responsible … Continue reading

December 2, 2016 · 9 Comments

Ron Levy and Graeme Orr: To Save Democracy, Reform the Law

The US election just passed has made many people wonder about the merits of democracy. If an election can still be won using the dark rhetorics of earlier, troubled times … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

Stefan Theil: Polycentricity – A Fatal Objection to the Adjudication of Environmental Rights?

In an unprecedented ruling, the Hague District Court has recently compelled the Dutch State to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the Netherlands by 25% by 2020 based on the … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Stefan Theil: Constitutions as culture: Two insights from Peter Häberle’s “The rationale of constitutions from a cultural science viewpoint”

Constitutions are the cultural achievement of centuries of historical legal development, an expression of the cultural self-presentation of a people. For all their variety, constitutions seek to set the rules … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Stefan Theil: Three insights from Peter Häberle’s “Preambles in the text and context of constitutions”

Preambles are a hallmark of constitutions, and questions regarding their inclusion and content are an important part of the drafting process: a clear majority of the 194 constitutions analysed by … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Thomas Adams: Wade’s Factortame

William Wade’s analysis of the second Factortame case ((1996) 112 Law Quarterly Review 568) is well known, and justly so. The facts, too, require little in the way of rehearsal. … Continue reading

February 24, 2014 · 3 Comments

Stuart Lakin: The Sovereignty of Law: Freedom, Constitution and Common Law by Professor Trevor Allan: Some Preliminary Thoughts

 Most readers of this Blog will undoubtedly be familiar with the work of Professor TRS Allan.   It is difficult to think of anyone who has made a more significant contribution … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · Leave a comment