What We Do

Publications

The Constitution Society regularly publishes papers by leading experts on a wide range of constitutional topics. All our papers and reports are publicly available on our website.

Promoting debate

We organise occasional conferences and seminars on issues of current constitutional importance, attended by leading experts from the civil service, academia and the legal profession as well as senior politicians. Recent topics have included the future of the Union; reform of the Human Rights Act; prospects for a UK Constitutional Convention and the constitutional consequences of Brexit.

Independent research

Our academic staff carry out in-depth research on constitutional topics, often focussed on issues which have not been widely studied. Recent projects have included an examination of the practical impact of the ‘First-Past-the-Post’ electoral system; the weakening of the ‘good chap’ system of government; and a study of the inner workings of British political parties.

Blog

The Constitution Society runs a regular blog, which provides commentary on topical constitutional issues from a range of expert contributors.

Supporting the United Kingdom Constitution Monitoring Group

We provide administrative and research support to the UK Constitution Monitoring Group (UKCMG).

Made up of a group of experts and practitioners, the UKCMG’s principal purpose is to assess developments in the UK constitution. The initiative covers areas including government accountability; arrangements for upholding the rule of law and individual rights; the territorial governance of the UK; and how the key aspects of such issues can be distilled and communicated to the public. The Group has identified a set of 20 general and desirable guiding principles regarding the proper operation of the UK system of governance that form a basis for its work.

Supporting the United Kingdom Constitutional Law Association

We provide financial support for the United Kingdom Constitutional Law Association (UKCLA).  UKCLA is the United Kingdom’s national body of constitutional law scholars affiliated to the International Association of Constitutional Law. Its objective is to encourage and promote the advancement of knowledge relating to UK constitutional law, broadly defined,  and the study of constitutions generally.

UKCLA organises and supports seminars, runs a blog (followed by over 4,000 people and read by many more) and maintains a register of PhD projects related to UK constitutional law.