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Posts Tagged ‘Separation of Powers’

Ministers, Local Authority Officers & Bias

Posted on: June 4th, 2012 | in DIY Law, Non-legal help, Public law

You may not be making a multi-million pound bid for a licence to operate your business, but you are entitled to have Government officials exercise their discretion and decision-making in an open and fair manner. So how would you challenge a decision by a Minister, local authority officer or some other Public body that directly… { Read More }

Written Constitutions & Post Office Privatisation

Posted on: April 23rd, 2012 | in Miscellany, Public law, Supreme Court of the United States

Carl Gardner recently blogged about “Written constitutions, a warning from America” and noted his bemusement that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could be “struck down” by the Judicial Branch as being “unconstitutional” – particularly when Barack Obama had made health care reform a fundamental plank of his election manifesto. My response to Carl… { Read More }

The Case for a UK Bill of Rights?

Posted on: April 5th, 2010 | in Criminal law, Public law
The Case for a UK Bill of Rights?

I am usually the first one to defend the UK’s unwritten Constitution. Then I read stories like the following and wonder if it really will take a single, codified document for the Executive to get the message. “Police are removing valuables from unlocked cars to shock motorists into being more careful. Officers are taking everything… { Read More }

UK Supreme Court & Parliamentary Supremacy

Posted on: September 13th, 2009 | in Public law

For an “outsider” studying English law, there’s probably no topic more difficult than the UK Constitution. Because this country’s never had a historical event which resulted in the breakdown of the previous system of government (apart from a couple of blips in the 1600s), there’s never been a pressing need for framers to set out… { Read More }