Tag: parliamentary sovereignty

1,000 words / Parliamentary sovereignty

The principle of parliamentary sovereignty lies at the core of the United Kingdom’s constitutional arrangements. But what exactly does it mean?

The constitutional role of the judiciary under a codified constitution: report of the Political & Constitutional Reform Committee

The House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has published its report on The Constitutional Role of the Judiciary if there were a Codified Constitution (HC 802, 2013-14) (on which see also Andrew Le […]

Parliamentary sovereignty in a multidimensional constitution: some preliminary thoughts

I am starting work on a piece—a contribution to an edited collection—that will examine the contemporary relevance of the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty. The following represents a preliminary sketch of the arguments that the chapter […]

Cambridge Sixth Form Law Conference talk: The UK’s (unusual) constitution

This post is aimed mainly at those who attended my recent talk at the Cambridge Sixth Form Law Conference on “The UK’s (unusual) constitution”. The talk’s point of departure was Lord Neuberger’s recent (and surprising) […]

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 […]

Repealing the Human Rights Act: what might lie ahead?

As noted in an earlier post, repealing the Human Rights Act 1998—and perhaps withdrawing the UK from the European Convention on Human Rights—is now firmly on the political agenda (at least as far as the […]

Prince Charles, freedom of information, judicial review and the separation of powers: R (Evans) v Attorney-General

The Administrative Court gave judgment earlier today in R (Evans) v Attorney-General [2013] EWHC 1960 (Admin). The case concerns a challenge to the legality of the Attorney-General’s decision to use s 53 of the Freedom […]