Robert Greally: The Brown Report: Political Legitimacy and the Power of the Assembly
UK Constitutional Law Association
by UKCLA
4d ago
The Brown Commission has recommended replacing the House of Lords with an elected Assembly of the Nations and Regions of the UK. In recent posts, the Commission’s proposals for legally empowering the Assembly to scrutinise bills and to protect the constitution have come under criticism on several grounds. First, there are concerns that the Assembly would be unable effectively to scrutinise ordinary bills, as unlike the Lords, the Assembly would lack the legal power to delay such bills. Second, the Assembly would be vested with the power to veto bills which amend existing consti ..read more
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Tarun Khaitan: An Elected Second Chamber? Some Thoughts on the Brown Report
UK Constitutional Law Association
by UKCLA
5d ago
One of the key recommendations of the Brown Commission is to replace the House of Lords with an elected second chamber called the Assembly of the Nations and Regions. The proposal has stimulated a broad debate. A key intervention in the debate was by the Speaker of the Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, who has argued against replacing the House of Lords with a second elected chamber because—he claims—doing so would threaten the supremacy of the Commons. In this post, I will draw upon my paper in defence of ‘moderated parliamentarism’ to argue that—if done right—this might be a welcome reform that could ..read more
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Event: Empirical Contributions to Doctrinal Research
UK Constitutional Law Association
by UKCLA
1w ago
Call for Abstracts Law and legal scholarship have a problem digesting the sheer volume of decisions reached every year by domestic and international judicial bodies. From April to June 2022 alone, Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) recorded 87,000 receipts and disposed of 66,000 cases, with an outstanding caseload of 637,000. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issues tens of thousands of decisions annually and at the end of 2021 had a backlog of approximately 70,000 pending applications. While there is a general awareness of the massive number of potentially relevan ..read more
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Announcement: UK Constitutional Law Blog Editorial Changeover
UK Constitutional Law Association
by UKCLA
1w ago
Professor Alison Young is stepping down as one of the editors of the UKCLA blog as of January 2023, having served in this role for over five years. Alison has made an immense contribution to the success of the blog during the constitutional upheavals of the Brexit process and beyond. She has been a brilliant editor, and a wonderful colleague and friend to work with – her dedication and unending hard work have kept this blog at the centre of UK constitutional debates. I am personally very grateful to her for all the help and support she has offered ever since I first joined her on the team – as ..read more
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Event: The Form of Legislation and the Rule of Law
UK Constitutional Law Association
by UKCLA
2w ago
Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law Event – ‘The Form of Legislation and the Rule of Law’ 24 January 2023, 6pm to 7pm The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law is hosting an event on the form of legislation and the Rule of Law.   Speakers include: Professor Helen Xanthaki Lord Anderson Dame Brenda King Dr Ronan Cormacain (author of a recently-published book on the same subject) Registration is required but the event is free to attend.  The event is in-person only, but it is hoped a recording of it will be placed online.  Full details available here ..read more
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Event: Governance Reform in Small Jurisdictions – Challenges and Opportunities
UK Constitutional Law Association
by UKCLA
2w ago
Governance reform in small jurisdictions: challenges and opportunities January 17th 2023, 1-4pm (lunch served from 12pm) Centre for Commercial Law Studies, 67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB The Centre for Small States at Queen Mary University of London invites you to a free half-day symposium to discuss political, constitutional and electoral reform in small self-governing territories and dependencies.  A panel of experts will consider such questions as: what benefits can come from constitutional reform?  Is reform ever worthwhile in its own right? What challenges do small ..read more
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Reminder: UKCLA Annual General Meeting and Round Table – Wednesday 18th January 2023
UK Constitutional Law Association
by UKCLA
3w ago
This is a reminder that the UKCLA Annual General Meeting will be held in person at 1.30pm on the 18th of January 2023 in the Keeton Room, Bentham House, University College London, 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens, London, WC1H OEG. The AGM is open to all paid up members of the UKCLA. All UKCLA members are invited to an in person Round Table conference following the AGM on the 18th of January 2023. The AGM will be held between 1.30 and 2.30pm. The conference will start at 2.40pm and will run until 5.45pm. Non-members who would like to attend should send their request to Professor Leyland who will indicate ..read more
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Michael Foran: Sex, Gender, and the Scotland Act
UK Constitutional Law Association
by UKCLA
1M ago
Yesterday, the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill was heard at Stage 3. If it receives royal assent, it will amend the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to make it easier for people in Scotland to change their legal sex. This has proven to be extremely controversial, prompting calls from some feminist groups that the introduction of “Self-ID” via a statutory declaration will undermine women’s sex-based rights. In contrast, trans-advocacy groups have welcomed this Bill, viewing it as necessary for the full recognition of gender-based rights. This very contentious debate reveals an important t ..read more
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Mohamed Moussa: The ‘Absent Word’ Canon and Asymmetrical Sovereignty
UK Constitutional Law Association
by UKCLA
1M ago
Introduction: The Supreme Court’s Textual Fidelity  The UK Supreme Court (UKSC) recently issued its unanimous judgment which found the draft Scottish Independence Referendum Bill to be outside the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament. While the facts of this case are distinctively different from previous Scottish cases, a common theme remains in the Court’s insistence on ‘ordinary meaning of words’ as its ‘general approach to the interpretation of the Scotland Act’. According to such an approach, the Court prioritises ‘the language carefully chos ..read more
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UKCLA Annual General Meeting and Round Table – Wednesday 18th January 2023
UK Constitutional Law Association
by UKCLA
1M ago
The UKCLA Annual General Meeting will be held in person at 1.30pm on the 18th of January 2023 in the Keeton Room, Bentham House, University College London, 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens, London, WC1H OEG. The AGM is open to all paid up members of the UKCLA. All UKCLA members are invited to an in person Round Table conference following the AGM on the 18th of January 2023. The AGM will be held between 1.30 and 2.30pm. The conference will start at 2.40pm and will run until 5.45pm. Non-members who would like to attend should send their request to Professor Leyland who will indicate whether places are ..read more
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