Lady Hale gave the 2015 Bryce Lecture earlier this month, taking “The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom Constitution” as her title. The lecture does not break any new ground, but is a helpful overview of a range of issues concerning the constitutional authority of the courts vis-a-vis the other branches of government, with particular reference to contemporary issues relating to parliamentary sovereignty. In particular, Lady Hale considers the Jackson and AXA judgments, the implications for parliamentary sovereignty of devolution and membership of the European Union, and the courts’ role in relation to protecting fundamental rights. Law students, in particular, are likely to find this to be a useful survey. The full text of the lecture can be found here.
Public Law for Everyone is written by Mark Elliott. Mark is Professor of Public Law and Chair of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He also served, from 2015 to 2019, as Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. Mark can be found on Twitter as @ProfMarkElliott. Many of his research papers can be downloaded via his SSRN author page. Views set out on this blog are expressed in a purely personal capacity.
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