The next W G Hart Workshop is being convened by two of my Cambridge colleagues, Professor Peter Cane and Dr Hayley Hooper, and Professor Jeff King of UCL. The title … Continue Reading Call for Papers: W G Hart Legal Workshop 2017
Thanks to a court order, the Government’s case — its “detailed grounds of resistance” — in the Article 50 litigation currently pending before the High Court has been published. I … Continue Reading The Government’s case in the Article 50 litigation: A critique
In September 2016, together with my colleagues John Bell, Jason Varuhas and Shona Wilson Stark, I co-convened the 2016 Public Law Conference. The following is a brief report on the … Continue Reading “The Unity of Public Law?” — The 2016 Public Law Conference
By Mark Elliott and Stephen Tierney The House of Lords Constitution Committee today publishes its report on the process by which the United Kingdom will withdraw from the European Union, … Continue Reading The House of Lords Constitution Committee reports on Article 50
The new Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, gave evidence to the House of Commons Justice Committee earlier this week. She was questioned on a range of matters, including … Continue Reading The new Justice Secretary, Elizabeth Truss, on a British Bill of Rights
I have written before about whether triggering the formal Brexit process under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union requires legislation. My view is that, as a matter of … Continue Reading <i>Brexit</i> | Constitutional legislation, fundamental rights and Article 50
Anyone who is just starting a Law degree will know that there can be a lot of reading involved. It might therefore seem counterintuitive to suggest that you should supplement the … Continue Reading Updated for the 2016-17 academic year: Twitter and blogs for Law students
The second in the biennial series of Public Law Conferences will be held in Cambridge from 12 to 14 September 2016 in the Faculty of Law in Cambridge. Convened by … Continue Reading Cambridge Public Law Conference 2016 — Draft Programme and Registration Deadline
The vacuity of the debate that preceded the referendum on EU membership is exceeded only by the emptiness of result that the referendum subsequently yielded. A slim majority of those … Continue Reading <i>Brexit</i> | Should there, and does there have to, be a second referendum?
In his resignation statement, David Cameron took it to be the case that triggering the UK’s formal withdrawal from the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union is … Continue Reading <i>Brexit</i> | On why, as a matter of law, triggering Article 50 does not require Parliament to legislate
I took part yesterday in a special live edition of Law in Action on BBC Radio 4. Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor Steve Peers and I discussed the legal and constitutional implications of … Continue Reading <i>Brexit</i> | A special edition of BBC Radio 4’s <i>Law in Action</i>
Since the early hours of Friday morning, I have written a number of posts about the legal and constitutional and implications of Brexit. Also on Friday, I made a short … Continue Reading <i>Brexit</i> | My Cambridge <i>Law in Focus</i> video
On The Sunday Politics Scotland today, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, raised the prospect of Scotland placing an obstacle in the path of Brexit, saying: “If the Scottish parliament … Continue Reading <i>Brexit</i> | Can Scotland block Brexit?
There has been a great deal of discussion over the last couple of days about whether the European Union can force the United Kingdom to begin the two-year exit process … Continue Reading <i>Brexit</i> | Can the EU force the UK to trigger the two-year Brexit process?
The Prime Minister’s failure to secure a vote in favour of continued EU membership raises obvious questions about both his future and his Government’s. Can the Prime Minister be changed … Continue Reading <i>Brexit</i> | A new Prime Minister, or a snap election?
Roughly half of the country is reeling this morning from the news that the people of United Kingdom have voted — by a narrow but clear majority — to leave … Continue Reading <i>Brexit</i> | Legally and constitutionally, what now?