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

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