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

Devolution: A View From Scotland

By Aileen McHarg Professor of Public Law and Human Rights, Durham Law School The Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government are approaching their 23rd birthday. The strongest and most stable of the UK’s devolved institutions, their powers have undergone two waves of expansion – in the Scotland Acts of 2012 and 2016 – and the 2016 […]

Queen’s Speech 2022: what constitutional changes are proposed?  

On Wednesday, MPs approved the legislative proposals put forward by the UK Government in last week’s Queen’s Speech. The constitutional bills proposed suggest that the Government will continue to undermine checks and balances to the detriment of the UK constitution.   By Joanna GeorgeResearch Associate, University of Cambridge The Queen’s Speech and the State Opening of […]

Devolution: Why was the UK Internal Market Act 2020 so controversial? 

By Joanna GeorgeResearch Associate, University of Cambridge The impact of Brexit on devolution (in all regards) has been controversial from the outset. This is because the results of the Brexit referendum showed that each component part of the UK voted differently, with a majority voting in favour of Brexit in England and Wales in contrast […]

Devolution: What impact has Brexit had on Devolution?

By Alison L Young  Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law, University of Cambridge  As has been noted in previous posts, the Brexit referendum may have provided a UK-wide majority in favour of the UK exiting the EU, but this was not reflected in all the component parts of the UK. Whilst a majority voted in […]


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