The ‘Black Spider Memos’ Case: An Introduction to Constitutional Law

In a talk I recently gave at the Cambridge Sixth Form Law Conference, I introduced delegates to UK Constitutional Law by way of examining the ‘Black Spider Memos’ case. The Supreme Court’s judgment in that case — more formally known as R (Evans) v Attorney-General [2015] UKSC 21 — came at the end of a long saga involving attempts by Guardian journalist Rob Evans to get hold of so-called advocacy correspondence between Prince Charles and Government Ministers. Evans’s concern was that through such correspondence, Charles may have been seeking to shape Government policy; Evans argued that it was important that people should be able to see what Charles … Continue reading The ‘Black Spider Memos’ Case: An Introduction to Constitutional Law

The Admin Law Blog

Today sees the launch of a new, multi-author blog concerning administrative law in the common law world. I am pleased, at the request of the editors of the Admin Law Blog, to cross-post the following piece, in which they announce the launch of their site and set out their vision for it. The Admin Law Blog can be followed on Twitter via @adminlawblog; the editors welcome submissions to alawblogorg@gmail.com.  The Admin Law Blog is a forum for the discussion of ideas and developments of interest to scholars of administrative law across the common law world. It aims to connect administrative law scholars to each other and to … Continue reading The Admin Law Blog

Elliott & Varuhas, Administrative Law, 5th edition

The fifth edition of Administrative Law has been published by Oxford University Press. The new edition is co-written by Mark Elliott, Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge, and Jason NE Varuhas, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Melbourne. The following blogpost is based on the authors’ preface to the fifth edition. In the three decades since its first edition was published, this book — like English administrative law itself — has undergone many changes. The first two editions, published in 1983 and 1989 and written by Sir Jack Beatson and Martin Matthews, took the form of … Continue reading Elliott & Varuhas, Administrative Law, 5th edition

Call for Papers: W G Hart Legal Workshop 2017

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 of the 2017 Workshop is “Law, Society and Administration in a Changing World”. The call for papers issued by Professor Cane, Dr Hooper and Professor King is reproduced below. We invite applications to participate in the 2017 WG Hart Legal Workshop at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, on 10-11 July, 2017. The main aim of the Workshop is to explore political, institutional, economic and cultural factors that influence (or … Continue reading Call for Papers: W G Hart Legal Workshop 2017

“The Unity of Public Law?” — The 2016 Public Law Conference

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 conference that was first published on the Cambridge Law Faculty’s website.  From 12 to 14 September 2016, the Cambridge Law Faculty hosted the second Public Law Conference, convened by Professor John Bell, Professor Mark Elliott, Dr Jason Varuhas and Dr Shona Wilson Stark, and generously supported by Hart Publishing. The conference formed part of the Public Law series — a programme of major international biennial conferences that aims to provide … Continue reading “The Unity of Public Law?” — The 2016 Public Law Conference

Updated for the 2016-17 academic year: Twitter and blogs for Law students

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 traditional sources — textbooks, articles, cases and so on — that lecturers and tutors will recommend with such things as tweets and blog posts. However, such additional resources, used wisely, can help to bring the subject to life — not least by demonstrating connections between what you are reading about in textbooks and what is going on in the real world.This is true no doubt of many areas of Law, … Continue reading Updated for the 2016-17 academic year: Twitter and blogs for Law students

Cambridge Public Law Conference 2016 — Draft Programme and Registration Deadline

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 John Bell, Mark Elliott, Jason Varuhas and Shona Wilson Stark, the conference will bring together speakers and delegates from across the common law world. The opening sessions of the conference will feature addresses by Dame Sian Elias (Chief Justice of New Zealand), The Hon Robert French (Chief Justice, High Court of Australia) and Lord Reed (Justice of the UK Supreme Court). A full draft of the conference programme is now … Continue reading Cambridge Public Law Conference 2016 — Draft Programme and Registration Deadline