An introduction to public law – by way of the Belmarsh Prison case

I have recorded three short videos on the Belmarsh Prison case. The aim of the videos is to provide a brief and accessible introduction to public law in the UK, and to explain some of features of the British constitution that make studying it interesting and important. The Belmarsh case is used as a vehicle for exploring these issues. The videos were recorded for the University of Cambridge’s HE+ project. Links to the three videos (and to transcripts) are given below. I am very grateful to my colleague, Daniel Bates, for all his technical assistance with making the recordings. Continue reading “An introduction to public law – by way of the Belmarsh Prison case”

The Queen’s Speech, the Immigration Bill and Article 8 ECHR

Queen's speech

The Government has made no secret of its determination to make it harder for foreign criminals to resist deportation on the ground that it would infringe their right to private and family life under Article 8 ECHR. It is no surprise, therefore, that this is one of the issues to be tackled in the Immigration Bill announced in this week’s Queen’s Speech. In the briefing notes that accompanied the Speech, the Government—somewhat cryptically—says that: Continue reading “The Queen’s Speech, the Immigration Bill and Article 8 ECHR”