1. Core text for this module 1 item
    Recommended for student purchase
    1. Public law - Mark Elliott, Robert Thomas 2017

      Book Recommended for Student Purchase Recommended Text for this course

  2. Study Unit One 6 items
    1. Public law - Mark Elliott, Robert Thomas 2017

      Book  Recommended Text for this course

    2. Please read the relevant potions of the Unit guide before each lecture. Then read the requisite core text chapters in preparation for the workshop. You should also aim to look at at least one of the further readings if possible for workshop preparation but MUST do so when considering coursework/exam preparation

    3. Lecture 1: Obviously there cannot be pre-reading for lecture one but take some time to familiarise yourself with the handbook and general course information.

      Lecture 2: This lecture focuses on the sources of the UK constitution in general – ideally you should read Part 1 of the core text by Elliott and Thomas.

      Lecture 3: This lecture looks at a unique element of the UK constitution – the use of constitutional conventions you should be sure to finish Part I of the text.


      The workshops for this section focuses on the sources of the UK constitution and some exam type questions on conventions you must have read the essential reading for the appropriate weeks before preparing your answers for the questions.

    4. Articles None, One or Several? Perspectives on the UK's Constitution(s) - David Feldman1

      Article Further Reading Compliments Study Unit One - particularly lectures one and two by considering the existence of the UK constitution.

    5. Why entrench? - N. W. Barber

      Article Further Reading A thoughtful article looking at the real issue behind the "writing" debate - entrenchment.

    6. Laws and constitutional conventions - N.W. Barber 2009

      Article  This reading compliments lecture three by looking in detail at the role of conventions in the UK constitution.

  3. Study Unit 2 - The Executive 6 items
    Here we will be examining the first of our constitutional principles separation of powers and how it related to the UK executive.
    1. Public law - Mark Elliott, Robert Thomas 2017

      Book  Recommended Text for this course

    2. Lecture Four – Separation of Powers – Elliott and Thomas Chapter 3

      Lecture Five – The PM/Cabinet – Elliott and Thomas Chapter 4

      Lecture Six –  Responsible Government– Elliott and Thomas 9 and 10


      Lectures Seven – Prerogative Powers – Review Chapter 4 and look at the commentary on the Miller case in the preface of the text at xix.

    3. Separation of powers and constitutional government - Eric Barendt

      Article Further Reading A broad overview of the doctrine.

    4. Unpacking separation of powers: judicial independence, sovereignty and conceptual flexibility in the UK constitution

      Article Further Reading A more analytical discussion also considering the role of the judiciary - this one may be helpful when considering the HRA and judicial review.

    5. Cabinet Government in the Twentieth Century - Sir Christopher Foster

      Article Further Reading A thoughtful guide to the changing approaches to Cabinet government.

    6. The Cabinet Manual

      Document Further Reading Suggest you download and keep this as this is the agreed code of conduct for Cabinet - some argue the closest the UK has to a codified constitution!

  4. Study Unit 3 - Parliament 7 items
    Here we consider the institution at the heart of the UK constitution and encounter our second key principle Parliamentary Sovereignty.
    1. Lecture 8 Parliament: Chapter 5

      Lecture 9 TBC

      Lecture 10 Sovereignty the Classic View: Review chapters 2 and 5 if required if not look at chapter 7 on devolution

      Lecture 11 Sovereignty and the HRA: Chapter 18


      Lecture 12 Sovereignty and the EU: Chapter 8

    2. Standing Up for Scrutiny: How and Why Parliament Should Make Better Law - Matt Korris 2011

      Article Further Reading An examination of the scrutiny role of Parliament linking to Lecture 8

    3. The conceptual foundations of parliamentary sovereignty: reconsidering Jennings and Wade - Michael Gordon 2009

      Article Further Reading A critical review of the doctrine linking to lecture 10.

    4. Pulling a Trigger or Starting a Journey? Brexit in the Supreme Court - David Feldman 2017

      Article Further Reading A consideration of the role of EU law in the UK before and after Brexit...

    5. Facing facts: judicial approaches to section 4 of the Human Rights Act 1998 - Shona Wilson Stark 2017

      Article Further Reading Focusing on the use of s4 of the HRA this might also be useful for the administrative law portion of the court which examines judicial review in more detail.

    6. Legislative freedom in the United Kingdom - Richard Ekins

      Article Further Reading Considering the impact (if any) of human rights on Parliaments capacity to make or unmake any law...

  5. Study Unit 4 - Legitimacy 2 items
    1. Public law - Mark Elliott, Robert Thomas 2017

      Book Recommended for Student Purchase Review Chapter 2 Part 5, Chapter Five Part 3, for a prefiguring of how rule of law fits in with future topics Chapter 11 parts 5 and 6.

  6. Study Unit 5 - Common Law Judicial Review 1 item
    1. Public law - Mark Elliott, Robert Thomas 2017

      Book  The whole of part IV but focus on chapters 12 and 13 for the workshops.