The EU (Withdrawal) Bill has focussed attention on the making of secondary legislation and its separation of powers implications. But in fact most modern legislation confers extensive delegated powers — and the Space Industry Bill, which currently being considered by Parliament, is a textbook example.
The House of Lords Constitution Committee recently reported on the constitutional issues that are likely to be raised by the "Great Repeal Bill". This post, written by Mark Elliott and Stephen Tierney, examines some of the key issues addressed by the Committee in its report.
The legitimate extent of judicial authority is a perennial and thorny question. In this lecture, I address the question from the perspective of public law — and, in particular, with reference to the role that judges play in relation to "constitution-making".
The Judicial Power Project has published a list of 50 “problematic” cases. It makes for interesting reading. The aim of the Judicial Power Project is to address the “problem” of “judicial overreach” which, it is said, “increasingly threatens the rule of law and effective, democratic government”. It is odd, therefore, to find on Judicial Power’s … Continue reading Judicial Power’s 50 “problematic” cases and the limits of the judicial role
The legal saga concerning the “black-spider memos” that Prince Charles is in the habit of sending to Ministers, inflicting upon them his often-eccentric views, is a long one. It has its origins in freedom-of-information requests issued to several Government departments by a Guardian journalist. Disclosure was sought of “advocacy correspondence” — that is, letters setting … Continue reading Of Black Spiders and Constitutional Bedrock: The Supreme Court’s Judgment in Evans
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been teaching new Constitutional Law students in Cambridge about the fundamental, architectural aspects of the UK constitution, including the rule of law, the separation of powers and the sovereignty of Parliament. The House of Lords’ rejection earlier this week of parts of a Government Bill that aimed … Continue reading What a (for now failed) attempt to curb judicial review tells us about the UK’s constitution
The Administrative Court gave judgment earlier today in R (Evans) v Attorney-General  EWHC 1960 (Admin). The case concerns a challenge to the legality of the Attorney-General’s decision to use s 53 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to block the disclosure of letters written to Ministers by Prince Charles. The s 53 veto … Continue reading Prince Charles, freedom of information, judicial review and the separation of powers: R (Evans) v Attorney-General