The House of Lords Constitution Committee’s Report on The Union and Devolution

By Mark Elliott and Stephen Tierney The House of Lords Constitution Committee today publishes its report on The Union and Devolution. This post draws attention to some of its main findings. The Constitution Committee’s report on The Union and Devolution, published today, declares the Union to be “under threat”, and recommends that the United Kingdom… Continue reading The House of Lords Constitution Committee’s Report on The Union and Devolution

Parliament, Government and Secondary Legislation: Lords Select Committees respond to the Strathclyde Review

I wrote in December about the Strathclyde Review, which took place at great speed in the autumn against the backdrop of the House of Lords’ refusal to allow the enactment of secondary legislation on tax credits. The Review — set up by the Government — recommended stripping the Lords of its power to veto statutory… Continue reading Parliament, Government and Secondary Legislation: Lords Select Committees respond to the Strathclyde Review

The UK Supreme Court as a constitutional ‘longstop’: Michael Gove’s evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee

The Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, gave evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee earlier today. In this brief post, I pick up on just one of the issues raised by his evidence, namely the notion that the UK Supreme Court might be made, by a British Bill of Rights, into what… Continue reading The UK Supreme Court as a constitutional ‘longstop’: Michael Gove’s evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee

The ‘permanence’ of the Scottish Parliament and the Sewel Convention: The House of Lords Constitution Committee’s Report on the Scotland Bill

The House of Lords Constitution Committee has issued its report on the Scotland Bill. I have written before on this blog about the Draft Clauses of the Scotland Bill that were published earlier this year, drawing particular attention to Draft Clauses 1 and 2 concerning the 'permanence' of the Scottish Parliament and the recognition in… Continue reading The ‘permanence’ of the Scottish Parliament and the Sewel Convention: The House of Lords Constitution Committee’s Report on the Scotland Bill

Philippe Sands’ Elson Lecture: Britain, Europe and Human Rights

I briefly wrote yesterday about John Finnis' recent lecture on judicial power. Although Finnis examines his topic through a lens that takes in far more than simply questions about human-rights protection, some of his fire is trained upon the European Convention on Human Rights and what it requires, or has been understood to require, courts… Continue reading Philippe Sands’ Elson Lecture: Britain, Europe and Human Rights

RightsInfo: What are Human Rights?

RightsInfo, which is setting a very high bar indeed in terms of the visual explanation of human-rights-related issues, has just launched an excellent two-minute animation on human-rights basics. If you want to know what human rights are and are looking for an accessible way in, it's a great starting-point. Of course, the points made in the… Continue reading RightsInfo: What are Human Rights?

Public Law Update #6: A British Bill of Rights?

This post is the last in a series of six updates for the 2015-16 academic year. The posts in this series are co-written by Mark Elliott and Robert Thomas, the authors of Public Law, published by Oxford University Press. Further information about Public Law can be found here. Our focus in these updates is on six key areas in which the constitution is undergoing, or… Continue reading Public Law Update #6: A British Bill of Rights?

Public Law Update #5: House of Lords Reform

This post is the fifth in a series of six updates for the 2015-16 academic year. The posts in this series are co-written by Mark Elliott and Robert Thomas, the authors of Public Law, published by Oxford University Press. Further information about Public Law can be found here. Our focus in these updates is on six key areas in which the constitution is undergoing, or… Continue reading Public Law Update #5: House of Lords Reform

Public Law Update #4: UK membership of the European Union and the EU Referendum Bill

This post is the fourth in a series of six updates for the 2015-16 academic year. The posts in this series are co-written by Mark Elliott and Robert Thomas, the authors of Public Law, published by Oxford University Press. Further information about Public Law can be found here. Our focus in these updates is on six key areas in which the constitution is undergoing, or… Continue reading Public Law Update #4: UK membership of the European Union and the EU Referendum Bill

The Scottish Parliament, the Sewel Convention and Repeal of the Human Rights Act: A Postscript

Last week, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said that “any attempt to repeal or amend the Human Rights Act is likely to require the legislative consent of the Scottish Parliament”. I have written before about the ways in which the implementation of the UK Government’s proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998… Continue reading The Scottish Parliament, the Sewel Convention and Repeal of the Human Rights Act: A Postscript