UK Constitutional Law Association

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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

Comment on India: Chintan Chandrachud: India’s Deceptive Constitution

Every written constitution is supplemented by important unwritten principles: the constitutional law of all nations (whether or not they have a codified constitution) consists of some combination of the written … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Greg Weeks: Comment on Australia: A history of judicial disrespect and the current “crisis” in the Queensland judiciary

It has never been a universal requirement that a candidate for senior judicial office is either well respected or even well liked, by the public at large or by his … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Colm O’Cinneide and Kate Malleson: Are quotas for judicial appointments lawful under EU law?

In April 2014 Sadiq Khan, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, asked Karon Monaghan QC and Geoffrey Bindman QC to review the options for a future Labour Government to improve … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · 5 Comments

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

Graham Gee and Kate Malleson: Judicial Appointments, Diversity and the Equal Merit Provision

One of the changes introduced by the Crime and Courts Act 2013 was to amend section 63 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, which provides that the Judicial Appointments Commission … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Robert Leckey: Constitutionalizing Canada’s Supreme Court

 CROSS-POSTED FROM THE I.CONNect BLOG. A dispute over the legality of a politically questionable judicial appointment has resulted in what pundits call a stinging defeat for Canada’s prime minister and a … Continue reading

April 1, 2014 · 1 Comment
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