The Constitution Society

Working to promote informed debate about constitutional reform

The Constitution Society is an independent, non-party educational foundation which works to promote informed debate about constitutional reform. We take no position on specific reform proposals but advocate better legislative standards and oppose ill-considered, piecemeal change.

Latest blog posts

The Constitution Society appoints Clare Salters as new trustee

By: The Constitution Society

The Constitution Society is delighted to announce that Clare Salters has joined its board of trustees. Clare is a former senior civil servant with particular experience working on constitutional issues and Northern Ireland. She is a panel member at the Judicial Appointments Commission, a member of the Infected Blood Inquiry’s Expert Group on Public Health… [Read More…]about The Constitution Society appoints Clare Salters as new trustee

The Judicial Review and Courts Bill: how much space is left for the rule of law?

By: Tevž Sitar

Introduction The Judicial Review and Courts Bill was laid before Parliament in July 2021 and is currently at the Report stage in the House of Commons. It represents the most recent reform intended to improve administrative efficiency in the judicial review system. Unfortunately, it will simultaneously damage fundamental common law principles, in particular the rule… [Read More…]about The Judicial Review and Courts Bill: how much space is left for the rule of law?

Recent developments and future prospects in Welsh devolution: part two

By: Hugh Rawlings

Introduction In part one of this blog I discussed two issues of current concern in Cardiff Bay, the Cooperation Agreement between the Welsh government and Plaid Cymru, and the work being undertaken to reform the Senedd’s electoral system and expand its membership. In part two I look at two matters with longer-term implications: the establishment… [Read More…]about Recent developments and future prospects in Welsh devolution: part two

Recent developments and future prospects in Welsh devolution: part one

By: Hugh Rawlings

Introduction For well-understood reasons given the history of Northern Ireland and the prevailing political circumstances in Scotland, discussion by journalists and academics of constitutional developments in the UK tends to focus on prospects for those two territories, with little notice taken of what is happening in Wales. The purpose of this two-part blog is therefore,… [Read More…]about Recent developments and future prospects in Welsh devolution: part one

The Constitution Society appoints Tom Hickman as new trustee

By: The Constitution Society

The Constitution Society is delighted to announce that Professor Tom Hickman QC has joined its board of trustees. Tom is a leading public and constitutional law barrister at Blackstone Chambers and Professor of Public Law at University College London (UCL). He frequently acts for clients in challenges to the decisions of regulatory bodies and governments,… [Read More…]about The Constitution Society appoints Tom Hickman as new trustee

Latest publications

Northern Ireland and Brexit: An Explanation by Lisa Claire Whitten

Northern Ireland was at the heart of the protracted UK-EU withdrawal negotiations and the solution that was eventually reached – the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland – has proved controversial. It has caused economic, social and political disruption in Northern Ireland and continues to be a major point of disagreement between the EU and the UK.… [Read More…]about Northern Ireland and Brexit: An Explanation by Lisa Claire Whitten

The Constitution in Review

First Report from the United Kingdom Constitution Monitoring Group The first report from the UK Constitution Monitoring Group (UKCMG) covers the six-month period from 1 January to 30 June 2021. It analyses legislation, decisions and events during the period against a set of 20 principles the Group has identified as central to the proper operation… [Read More…]about The Constitution in Review

Electoral pacts and the constitution by Andrew Blick

The May elections have prompted increased interest in the idea of an electoral pact between Opposition parties, aimed at defeating the Conservatives. It seems likely that an agreed objective of this kind of a pact would be electoral reform, moving to a more proportional means of determining the composition of the House of Commons. Such… [Read More…]about Electoral pacts and the constitution by Andrew Blick