Tag: studying law

RightsInfo — Facilitating Reasoned Debate about Human Rights

Reasonable people can and do differ about the extent to which human rights should be protected by courts, and the extent to which questions about rights are ultimately issues of policy that should be reserved to democratic, political institutions such as Parliament. (However much one might disagree with him, Lord Sumption JSC — who has expressed

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#PublicLawExam 2015 — For those with upcoming exams in Public Law

Over the next month, with those who have upcoming exams in Public Law in mind, I will be tweeting advice, key developments and links to recent cases, articles and blog posts. I will also (probably every few days) add those tweets and associated links to this page. I’ll be using the hashtag #PublicLawExam. You can find me on

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Should academic lawyers blog?

As an academic lawyer who writes his own blog, as well as contributing occasionally to others, my answer to the question “Should academic lawyers blog?” is, perhaps unsurprisingly, “Yes”. However, I have been prompted — by agreeing to talk about blogging at a conference on the teaching of public law held at City Law School — to reflect more carefully on whether, and if so why, writing and contributing to blogs is something that academic lawyers should do.

Revising for your 2014 Public Law exam? Here are some of this year’s key developments and blog highlights

If you are studying Public Law (or Constitutional Law) this year, you will know that it is a fast-moving field. And if you are currently revising for an exam in this area, you will no doubt want to put yourself in a position to show that you appreciate the dynamism of the subject. Kept within

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Now available: Second edition of Elliott & Thomas, Public Law

The second edition of Public Law – the textbook that I write with Robert Thomas – has been published by Oxford University Press. Although it is only three years since the first edition was published, much has happened since then. We were putting the finishing touches to the first edition in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 UK general

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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

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New Law student? Here’s some advice from a recent graduate

This guest post is by one of my former students, Jack Williams. He studied Law at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, graduating with a First Class honours degree in summer 2012. He is now a barrister at Monckton Chambers. In this post, Jack offers advice – by way of a letter to his younger self as a new Law student – on how to study Law.