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.

Posted by Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott is Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Constitution Committee. All views on this blog are expressed in a purely personal capacity.