An Introduction to Public Law by way of the Anisminic Case

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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.)