Category Archives: Constitutional & Administrative Law

Mhaira Black aged 20 – youngest MP – Academics to the Rescue 22

Mhaira Black, a 20 year old 3rd year politics student at Glasgow university, is the youngest MP since 1667. She represents Paisley, and says that she didn’t want Scotland to be treated unfairly. Her Dad, a retired teacher, took her … Read More »

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Royal Babies – Elections – Allegiance – Academics to the Rescue 20

On Sunday, all the newspapers (except the Observer) had pictures of the new Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana on the front page.  Television news bulletins displaced politicians, in favour of pictures of Prince William and Princess Kate and the new baby. I … Read More »

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The Social Contract – Academics to the Rescue 19

At Election time social contract ideas come into play.  We might regard an election manifesto and promises of party leaders as offers, and votes as acceptances. We might regard human rights as implied terms. But we have problems of enforcement of a … Read More »

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Liberty – S172 Road Traffic Act 1988 – Academics to the Rescue 12

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” (Jefferson) and “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” (Robespierre) are noble aspirations, but in the patchwork reality they are imperfect ideals, even in our green and pleasant land. I drove to East Anglia for Easter. There … Read More »

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Academic Freedom – The Chinese New Year – Academics to the Rescue 1

I was once told by a practising lawyer that there was no such thing as academic freedom. He was incorrect. Academic freedom is the application of freedom of speech to the academic community. In the USA the First Amended protects … Read More »

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Mistreatment of the Vulnerable – The Rule of Law 10

In some parts of the country the system works properly, and in others it fails. If we scientifically study the mistreatment of the vulnerable, we might study a single day to typify the way in which the law functions.  I … Read More »

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Judicial Discretion – The Rule of Law 4

When Peter Taylor was appointed Lord Chief Justice in 1992, he considered (correctly) that the English legal system was the best in the world. “I believe it is despite the blemishes which have appeared recently, but I am sure there … Read More »

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