Judicial review reform (again)

Like the National Health Service, judicial review now appears to inhabit a world in which reform is an ongoing state of affairs, rather than a one-off event. The latest reforms have been announced by way […]

Limits on judicial review of major planning decisions to be announced, says The Times

Today’s Times is reporting (£) that major planning decisions are to be made challengeable only in a new “planning court”. This suggests that such decisions will be made immune from scrutiny by the High Court in regular […]

Reflections on the HS2 case: a hierarchy of domestic constitutional norms and the qualified primacy of EU law

The UK Supreme Court’s judgment in R (HS2 Action Alliance Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport [2014] UKSC 3 raises some significant issues about the status of EU law in the UK, and about the […]

Devolution, federalism and a new constitution for the UK

This is a follow-up to a piece I wrote last week in response to remarks by the First Minister of Wales about the possible adoption of a federal constitution for the UK. This post was […]

Will the Scottish referendum (whatever the outcome) lead to a federal constitution for the UK?

The Boxing Day edition of The Independent carried a fascinating interview with Carwyn Jones, the First Minister of Wales. In it, he said: Whatever happens after the referendum in Scotland there will need to be […]

Ministerial changes at the MoJ and the implications for human rights reform

Some potentially significant changes to the ministerial team at the Ministry of Justice have been announced. Along with the appointment of Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes – who replaces Lord McNally – as Minister of State, […]

The three dimensions of the relationship between UK law and the ECHR

Lectures by senior judges on the relationship between UK and European law are rather like the proverbial bus: you wait around for one, and then several arrive almost simultaneously. In the last few weeks, the […]