UK Constitutional Law Association

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Robert Craig: The Peter Hain Case: The Effect of Article IX

Peter Hain’s decision to breach an interim injunction granted by the Court of Appeal in the case of ABC v Telegraph Media Group has caused serious concern. It is one … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · 2 Comments

Jelena Gligorijevic: Breaching Injunctions in Parliament: An Unconstitutional Abuse of Parliamentary Privilege

Two days after the Court of Appeal granted an interim injunction restraining reportage of harassment allegations against a high-profile businessman (ABC v Telegraph Media Group Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2329), … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · 4 Comments

Kenneth Campbell QC: Wightman v Secretary of State: Article 50 and Parliamentary Privilege

Introductory Litigation about Brexit continues to throw light on constitutional principles, both new and well-established. In the case of Wightman & others, petitioners [2018] CSOH 61, advised on 8 June … Continue reading

June 22, 2018 · 6 Comments

Andrew Geddis: “Declarations of Inconsistency” under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990

As in the United Kingdom, the question of whether prisoners should be permitted to vote has generated considerable constitutional interest for New Zealand. Largely that is due to the efforts … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Alexander Horne: Evidence under oath, perjury and parliamentary privilege

The issue of select committee powers has received renewed interest during the 2010-15 Parliament, culminating in a report from Liaison Committee on Select committee effectiveness, resources and powers (in October … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · 6 Comments

Alexander Horne and Oonagh Gay: Ending the Hamilton Affair?

Article 9 of the Bill of Rights 1689 has been the subject of a variety of legal challenges. The Article, which provides (in modern parlance) that: “the freedom of speech … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Stuart Lakin: Parliamentary Privilege, Parliamentary Sovereignty, and Constitutional Principle

While this was probably not its primary objective at the time, the Daily Telegraph scoop on MPs’ expenses  in 2008 has led to the reinvigoration of debates about Parliamentary privilege.    … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · 1 Comment