Constitutional reform

Executive power and the constitution: is the UK government getting more powerful?

Alex Walker
By: Alex Walker

On Friday 22 April, The Constitution Society held a conference looking at the power of the UK executive within the political system. Speakers at the conference considered the nature the government’s power and its relationship with the institutions … [Read more...] about Executive power and the constitution: is the UK government getting more powerful?

The Queen’s speech, the Johnson government, and the constitution – lessons from the 2021-22 session

By: Lisa James

The new parliamentary session began last week, with a Queen’s speech that laid out a highly ambitious volume of new bills. Many of these are likely to prove controversial – including planned constitutional measures. To assess how the government … [Read more...] about The Queen’s speech, the Johnson government, and the constitution – lessons from the 2021-22 session

Conference: Executive power and the UK constitution

By: The Constitution Society

On Friday 22 April, The Constitution Society held a conference that looked at the power of the executive within the UK political system. Speakers at the conference considered the nature the government’s power and its relationship with the … [Read more...] about Conference: Executive power and the UK constitution

The political constitution: an idea worth understanding

By: Daniel Skeffington

Is the political constitution a concept worth protecting? The Constitution Society has published a new report examining the idea of the political constitution in the United Kingdom, in which I answer this question with a qualified ‘yes’. It argues … [Read more...] about The political constitution: an idea worth understanding

The government’s Human Rights Act consultation: omissions and opportunities

By: Tatiana Kazim, Mia Leslie and Lee Marsons

This is the second of a two-part set of blogs which consider the government’s Human Rights Act (HRA) consultation, which closes on 8 March 2022. The first blog, available here, examined how the government’s consultation differs from the original … [Read more...] about The government’s Human Rights Act consultation: omissions and opportunities

The government’s Human Rights Act consultation: divergence, context and evidence

By: Tatiana Kazim, Mia Leslie and Lee Marsons

On 14 December 2021, after a year of work engaging with experts from across the political spectrum, the Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR) published its thorough and carefully evidenced report. On the same day, the government published its … [Read more...] about The government’s Human Rights Act consultation: divergence, context and evidence

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 … [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 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 … [Read more...] about Recent developments and future prospects in Welsh devolution: part one