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

Public Law Update #3: Devolution within England — The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

This post is the third 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,… Continue reading Public Law Update #3: Devolution within England — The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

Public Law Update #2: English Votes for English Laws

This post is the second 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,… Continue reading Public Law Update #2: English Votes for English Laws

Amending the Hunting Act: Would English votes for English laws make a difference?

It is reported today that the Scottish National Party plans to vote against proposals to amend the Hunting Act 2004 so as to relax (but not remove) the prohibition on hunting wild animals with dogs. The Government’s proposal is that the Act should be amended through the enactment of secondary legislation which would require the… Continue reading Amending the Hunting Act: Would English votes for English laws make a difference?

Human Rights in the United Kingdom: Where Now?

I have made a short video for the Cambridge Faculty of Law's Law in Focus series concerning the proposal to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and enact a British Bill of Rights. The video can be accessed here or viewed below. In my talk, I address three key questions raised by these proposals. First, what lies behind the… Continue reading Human Rights in the United Kingdom: Where Now?

UK Constitutional Law Association Conference: Debating the Constitution after the Election

On Wednesday 24 June, the UK Constitutional Law Association will be holding a one-day conference at the University of Manchester on the subject of "Debating the Constitution after the Election". I am delighted to be giving the opening address. The aim of the day is to allow discussion, in the aftermath of the general election,… Continue reading UK Constitutional Law Association Conference: Debating the Constitution after the Election

Replacing the Human Rights Act: The House of Lords, the Parliament Acts and the Salisbury Convention

It is clear that repealing the Human Rights Act and enacting a British Bill of Rights will be far from straightforward. One potential complicating factor is the House of Lords, which is unlikely to meet these proposals with equanimity. What role, then, might the House of Lords play in this area? To what extent may… Continue reading Replacing the Human Rights Act: The House of Lords, the Parliament Acts and the Salisbury Convention

What does a Conservative government mean for the future of human rights in the UK?

It seems that the Conservative Party is on its way to forming an expectation-defying single-party government — which makes its plans for human-rights reform suddenly more relevant than they seemed a couple of days ago. What is clear — it is explicitly stated in the manifesto — is that the Conservative Party wishes to see… Continue reading What does a Conservative government mean for the future of human rights in the UK?

Beyond the European Convention: Human Rights and the Common Law

I gave a Current Legal Problems lecture in March concerning the relationship between common-law constitutional rights and the system of rights protection that obtains under the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights. I have now finished work on the article version of the lecture. The full text of the article… Continue reading Beyond the European Convention: Human Rights and the Common Law