Category Archives: Constitutional & Administrative Law

A Remarkable Week in the US Supreme Court – Academics to the Rescue 34

This has been a remarkable week in the US Supreme Court. In King v Burwell by 6 to 3 it rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act 2010, which authorises the federal government to pay tax credits to people … Read More »

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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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The Sophisticated Lawyer – Academics to the Rescue 21

“I don’t want a lawyer to tell me what I cannot do. I hire him to tell me, how to do what I want to do” said JP Morgan (the owner of the Titanic). However the sophisticated lawyer is cleverer. … 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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Freedom from Fear – Academics to the Rescue 13

Freedom from fear was the fourth of President Roosevelt’s basic freedoms, enunciated in his state of the union address on 6th January 1941. He had just been re-elected for a 3rd term, and the USA was still at peace. Freedom … 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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