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
Tag: studying 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
The principle of parliamentary sovereignty lies at the core of the United Kingdom’s constitutional arrangements. But what exactly does it mean?
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.
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
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
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
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.
Each year, I talk to propspective Cambridge Law students at open days held by my College, St Catharine’s. I have recorded a YouTube version of the talk. It covers studying Law at Cambridge generally and at St Catharine’s College in particular. I discuss what it is like to study Law at St Catharine’s, how we teach
It’s open day season in Cambridge, and to coincide with it we have just launched a new website at the Law Faculty for anyone interested in applying for a place on our undergraduate degree programme. It includes information about the course, about the nature of Law as an academic discipline, and about how we teach Law