Constitutional Law Matters

Centre for Public Law, University of Cambridge

The Constitutional Law Matters Project

Does the UK constitution still serve its purpose?

During the academic year 2021-22, the Centre for Public Law will be undertaking a new project entitled ‘Constitutional Law Matters’. At the heart of the project will be two objectives. First, the project will engage with and attempt to answer the question, ‘Does the UK constitution (still) work?’ Second, in considering that question, the project will put public understanding of constitutional issues front and centre, with a view to fostering well-informed public debate.

Latest Posts

What’s in Liz Truss’ constitutional ‘red box’? 

By Joanna GeorgeResearch Associate, University of Cambridge Liz Truss’s first week as Prime Minister has been constitutionally and historically significant. The passing of the UK’s longest reigning Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, and succession of King Charles III only two days after she succeeded Boris Johnson as Prime Minister marks an important turning point in the…

How does the Bill of Rights impact devolution?

By Aileen McHargProfessor of Public Law and Human Rights, Durham Law School The Interaction of the Human Rights Act and the Devolution Statutes Human rights regimes in the devolved territories are more complex than in England. While devolved public authorities (including the devolved governments) and devolved legislation are subject to the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA),…

Why the Bill of Rights will weaken freedom of expression 

By Chantal JorisLegal Officer, Article 19 The Government’s proposal to replace the Human Rights Act 1998 (the HRA) with the Bill of Rights (the Bill) has been widely criticised by human rights organisations, lawyers and academics. The Government boasts that replacing the HRA will bolster freedom of speech. At the same time, it has openly…


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