I gave a lecture at the Cambridge Sixth Form Law Conference earlier today on Public Law. I used the Anisminic case to explore the nature of the UK’s constitutional arrangements — in particular, what makes them distinctive — and the uncertainty inherent in the relationship between key constitutional principles such as the sovereignty of Parliament, the rule of law, and the separation of powers. The slides — which will be useful mainly to those who attended the lecture — are below. For those who wish to read further, I suggest the first chapter of Elliott & Thomas, Public Law (OUP 2014, 2nd ed), which can be read online free of charge. (The judgments in the Anisminic and Jackson cases can also be accessed online, although neither is a particularly easy read.)
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.