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Parliament and the Law


ISBN13: 9781849462952
Published: September 2013
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £55.00



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Parliament and the Law is an edited collection of essays, sponsored by the Study of Parliament Group and written by leading constitutional lawyers, practitioners and parliamentary officials.

The book provides a helpful overview of the way that the law applies to Parliament and considers how recent changes to our constitutional arrangements (in particular the establishment of a Supreme Court and increasing devolution) have impacted on Parliament as an institution.

It includes a discussion of a number of topical issues, such as: the operation of parliamentary privilege in civil and criminal law (examining the recent examples of 'super injunctions' and Members' expenses); the powers of Parliament's Select Committees; the work of Parliament's 'watchdog' Committees: the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the House of Lords Constitution Committee.

It reflects on the effect of Freedom of Information on Parliament. It also discusses arguments that have been raised in favour of a new Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom and arguments for and against the continuation of the concept of Parliamentary sovereignty.The book will be of interest to anyone who is curious about how the law interacts with Parliament and is aimed at legal academics, practitioners and political scientists.

Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law
Contents:
Part I: Privilege and Conduct
1. Privilege, Exclusive Cognisance and the Law Liam Laurence Smyth
2. Privilege and Freedom of Speech Oonagh Gay and Hugh Tomlinson QC
3. Parliamentary Privilege and the Criminal Law Sally Lipscombe and Alexander Horne
4. The Law and Conduct of Members of Parliament Richard Kelly and Matthew Hamlyn

Part II: Parliament: Internal Arrangements
5. Legal Advice to Parliament Andrew Kennon
6. Freedom of Information and Parliament Ben Worthy
7. Select Committees: Powers and Functions Richard Kelly
8. The Impact of Devolution on the UK Parliament John McEldowney

Part III: Rights, the Constitution and the Legal System
9. The Joint Committee on Human Rights Murray Hunt
10. From the Human Rights Act to a Bill of Rights? Alexander Horne and Lucinda Maer
11. The House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution Andrew Le Sueur and Jack Simson Caird
12. Parliament and the Courts: A Pragmatic (or Principled) Defence of the Sovereignty of Parliament Dawn Oliver
13. Parliamentary Accountability for the Administration of Justice Gavin Drewry