CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (MODS 2001)

Week One (Class)



1. THE ELECTORAL PROCESS AND CONCEPTIONS OF DEMOCRACY

*Lord Hailsham, Dilemma of Democracy, Chaps I, V, XII-XVI, XX, XXI, XXXIV

Loveland, Constitutional Law Chaps 1 & 7

Bogdanor, Power and the People Chaps 1, 3 (and 5)



2. PARLIAMENT, THE EXECUTIVE, AND THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

*Nolan and Sedley, The Making and Remaking of the British Constitution, Chaps 1 & 3

Loveland, Constitutional Law Chaps 5 & 6

Craig, Administrative Law, 4th edn, Chap 3

Bogdanor, Power and the People Chap 4

*Marshall, Constitutional Theory Chap II

De Smith and Brazier, Constitutional and Administrative Law Chaps 9 & 10

*Lord Hailsham, Dilemma of Democracy, Chaps XXII, XXIII, XXXII



3. PREROGATIVE POWER

Loveland Chap 4

De Smith and Brazier, Constitutional and Administrative Law Chaps 6 & 7

**Prohibitions del Roy 1607 12 Co. Rep. 63; K & L 108

**Case of Proclamations 1611 12 Co. Rep. 74; K & L 110

AG v. De Keyser's Royal Hotel 1920 AC 508

China Navigation v AG 1932 2 KB 197

*Burmah Oil v. Lord Advocate 1965 AC 75

Hanratty v Lord Butler 1971 CLYB 2979

Chandler v DPP 1964 AC 763, 809-810

Re Baker 1961 Ch. 303.

Laker Airways v. Dept of Trade 1977 QB 643

**GCHQ 1985 AC 374

*R v Home Secretary, ex p. Northumbria Police Authority 1988] 1 All ER 556

**R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex p Bentley [1993] 4 All E R 442

***R v Secretary of State for Home Dept, ex p Fire Brigade Union [1995] 2 All ER 464



4. THE JUDICIARY

Marshall, Constitutional Theory Chap IV

*Nolan and Sedley, The Making and Remaking of the British Constitution, Chap 2

Loveland, Chap 14, pp 627-640

De Smith and Brazier, Constitutional and Administrative Law Chap 19



5. CONVENTIONS

*Loveland Ch 9

De Smith, 28-47.

Dicey, Chs. 14,15.

Jennings, Ch. 3.

Marshall and Moodie, Chs. 2-4.

Marshall, Constitutional Conventions, Chs. 1, 13.

**Sedley & Nolan, Ch 7 (Wilson)



6. RULE OF LAW

**Jowell, "The Rule of Law Today" in Jowell & Oliver, The Changing Constitution (4th edn, 2000) Ch. 1.

*Loveland Ch 3

Dicey, Chs. 4, 12, 13.

Jennings, Ch. 2(1) & Appendix 2.

Heuston, Ch. 2.

Marshall, Ch. 7.

*Raz 95 LQR 195

*Finnis, Natural Law and Natural Rights, pp 270-276

**Unger, Law in Modern Society, 176-181, 192-200.

Babington, The Rule of Law in Britain, Ch 24

*Thompson, Whigs and Hunters, pp265-267

Kelsen, "Foundations of Democracy" (1955) LXVI Ethics Sup Vol, pp 1, ***77-80



6. SEPARATION OF POWERS

*Loveland Ch 3

Jennings, Ch. 1, parts 1-4 & Appendix 1.

Marshal, Ch. 5.

**Lord Steyn, 1997 Public Law 84 - 95

*Burmah Oil Co v Lord Advocate [1965] AC 75

**Conway v Rimmer [1968] AC 910

*Anisminic v FCC [1969] 1 All ER 208; and see **Denning, The Discipline of Law, pp 69-78

Shaw v DPP [1961] 2 All ER 446

Knuller v DPP [1972] All ER 898

SW v UK; CR v UK (1995) 21 EHRR 363