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) suggestion that the UK has no constitution. I argued that this goes too far, but that the UK’s constitution is certainly unusual. Using the status of human rights generally, and the prisoner-voting case as a particular example, I explained that the UK’s constitution is unusual both because it is “unwritten” (in the sense that there is no single text that we regard as “The Constitution”) … Continue reading Cambridge Sixth Form Law Conference talk: The UK’s (unusual) constitution

Some interesting LSE working papers: prisoner voting and the EU Act 2011

A couple of the latest papers in the LSE Law Department’s Working Papers Series caught my eye. In the first, Peter Ramsay argues (contrary to the ECtHR’s decision in Hirst v UK (No 2)) that the UK’s ban on prisoner voting is necessary and proportionate in a democratic society – and should not therefore be regarded as a breach of the European Convention. The core of his argument (with which I do not agree) is apparent from the following excerpt from the paper: Continue reading “Some interesting LSE working papers: prisoner voting and the EU Act 2011”