Constitutional Law

Main Topics of Study:

The Nature of Constitutional & Administrative Law:

  • Scope
  • Administrative Law
  • Public Law
  • The Functions of Government
  • Doctrine of the Separation of Powers

General Characteristics of the British Constitution:

  • Unitary
  • Unwritten
  • Flexible
  • Conventions
  • No Distinct System of Administrative Law
  • The Rule of Law

Parlimentary Supremacy:

  • Authentication of Acts of Parliament

The United Kingdom & the European Communities:

  • Sources of Domestic Law
  • European Communities Act 1972
  • Impact of Community Law

Constitutional Conventions:

  • Judicial Acknowledgement
  • Purpose
  • Observance – Royal Prerogative & the Cabinet System
  • Lords & Commons
  • UK & Commonwealth

The High Court of Parliament:

  • The House of Lords
  • The House of Commons
  • Procedure on Legislation

The Royal Prerogative:

  • Domestic Affairs
  • Foreign Affairs

The Cabinet & the Privy Council:

  • Legal Status

Delegated Legislation:

  • Nature & Purpose
  • Sub-Delegation
  • Safeguards

Administrative Tribunals:

  • Reasons For Them
  • Ministerial Decisions & Inquiries

Judicial Control of Public Authorities:

  • Liability & Remedies
  • Appeals to the Privy Council

Cases:
Davy v Spelthorne BC (1984)
Bowles v Bank of England (1913)
Congreve v Home Office (1976)
Waddington v Miah (1984)
Cheney v Conn (1968)
McCarthy v Smith (1979)
Prince v Secretary of State for Scotland (1985)
Garden Cottage Foods v Milk Marketing Board (1984)
EC Commission v UK (1982)
Malone v Metropolitan Police Commissioner (1979)