On Wednesday 24 June, the UK Constitutional Law Association will be holding a one-day conference at the University of Manchester on the subject of "Debating the Constitution after the Election". I am delighted to be giving the opening address. The aim of the day is to allow discussion, in the aftermath of the general election,… Continue reading UK Constitutional Law Association Conference: Debating the Constitution after the Election
For some readers (perhaps soon to be ex-readers) of this blog, their Public Law exam will be looming. As the end of the academic year approaches, I have been reflecting on some of the key developments in Public Law that have taken place during the last 12 months. The following is not intended in any… Continue reading Revising for your 2015 Public Law exam? Here are some of this year’s key developments and blog highlights
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… Continue reading RightsInfo — Facilitating Reasoned Debate about Human Rights
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… Continue reading #PublicLawExam 2015 — For those with upcoming exams in Public Law
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… Continue reading Revising for your 2014 Public Law exam? Here are some of this year’s key developments and blog highlights
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… Continue reading Now available: Second edition of Elliott & Thomas, Public Law
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… Continue reading Cambridge Sixth Form Law Conference talk: The UK’s (unusual) constitution
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.