Lord chief justice: changes to judiciary ‘eroding something important’ – The Guardian

Posted January 31st, 2013 in constitutional reform, judges, judiciary, ministers' powers and duties, news by sally

“Constitutional reforms that have taken effect over the past seven years ‘may be eroding something rather important’, the lord chief justice of England and Wales told peers on Wednesday.”

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The Guardian, 30th January 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The future of human rights on these islands – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 29th, 2013 in constitutional reform, human rights, news by sally

“Now that the idea of a new UK Bill of Rights appears to be buried, choices re-emerge. The predicted outcome of the London-based Commission’s work was finally confirmed in December. Where now for human rights?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th January 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Bill of Rights report: no further forward – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted December 20th, 2012 in bills, constitutional reform, human rights, news, reports by tracey

“There is nothing surprising in the conclusion formed by the majority of the Commission on the Bill of Rights in their report, issued yesterday. A majority favours replacing the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) with a Bill of Rights for the UK, as the means of securing the most effective compliance by this country with its obligations under the Human Rights Convention.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 19th December 2012

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Consent given for change to royal succession rules – BBC New

Posted December 4th, 2012 in constitutional reform, news, royal family, sex discrimination, succession by sally

“All Commonwealth realms have agreed to press ahead with a bill ending discrimination against women in the succession to the British throne.”

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BBC News, 4th December 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Nick Clegg confirms Lords reforms have been officially withdrawn – BBC News

Posted September 4th, 2012 in constitutional reform, elections, news, parliament by tracey

“The government has officially withdrawn proposed legislation for elections to the House of Lords after admitting defeat over the plans last month.”

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BBC News, 3rd September 2012

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Lawcast 213: Carl Gardner on the appointment of Lord Neuberger as president of the UKSC and House of Lords reform – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, ex government lawyer and author of the Head of Legal blog. Downing Street announced the appointment of Lord Neuberger MR as the new President of The United Kingdom Supreme Court – taking over in September when Lord Phillips retires.

We also examine the reform of the House of Lords and the antics of our political masters this week.”

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Charon QC, 13th July 2012

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Second consultation paper – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 12th, 2012 in constitutional reform, consultations, human rights, news by sally

“The Commission on a UK Bill of Rights has today (11 July) published a second Consultation Paper.”

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Ministry of Justice, 11th July 2012

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Second time lucky? Bill of Rights Commission consults… again – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 12th, 2012 in constitutional reform, consultations, human rights, news by sally

“Last year, the troubled Commission on a Bill of Rights consulted the public on whether the UK needed a new human rights instrument. Many, including me, commented that the consultation document was a little sparse on detail. In any event, the consultation closed in November 2011.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th July 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

‘Human right to benefits’ could be included in law reform – Daily Telegraph

“Every Briton could have a guaranteed entitlement to welfare benefits in a ‘far-reaching’ expansion of human rights proposed by the body that was intended by David Cameron to rein in the law.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th July 2012

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

House of Lords reform halted after largest Tory rebellion of the parliament – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2012 in bills, constitutional reform, news, parliament, peerages & dignities by tracey

“Nick Clegg’s hopes of reforming the House of Lords, completing a journey begun a century ago by his Liberal predecessors, ran into severe trouble on Tuesday when 91 Tory MPs defied a three line whip to vote against the measure in the largest rebellion of the parliament.”

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The Guardian, 11th July 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The case for code – The Guardian

Posted June 7th, 2012 in constitutional reform, judiciary, legal history, news by sally

“The common law leads to complexity. Is that always a good thing?”

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The Guardian, 6th June 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Queen’s speech puts ‘growth, justice and constitutional reform’ at its heart – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2012 in bills, constitutional reform, news, parliament, speeches by sally

“Lords reform takes centre stage in legislative agenda, alongside measures to support families, change employment law and reform pensions”

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The Guardian, 9th May 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Queen’s speech 2012 – full text

Bills delayed ‘to make room for Lords reform’ – BBC News

Posted May 3rd, 2012 in bills, constitutional reform, legislation, news, parliament by sally

“The government is putting promised legislation on hold to make room for House of Lords reform, MPs say.”

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BBC News, 2nd May 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

An appeasement approach in the European Court of Human Rights? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 17th, 2012 in constitutional reform, courts, human rights, news by sally

“This piece asks whether, in the light of UK proposals for the reform of the ECtHR, and in the wake of the outcry in the UK over the Qatada decision (Othman v UK), the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is taking an approach that looks like one of appeasement of certain signatory states.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th April 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Welsh government consultation on legal system future – BBC News

Posted March 27th, 2012 in constitutional reform, consultations, news, Wales by sally

“A public debate on the future of the legal system in Wales has been started by the Welsh government.”

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BBC News, 27th March 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The European court of human rights needs these British reforms – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2012 in constitutional reform, courts, human rights, news by sally

“The Strasbourg court is in a mess. It doesn’t help human rights to damn our eminently sensible reforms as reactionary.”

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The Guardian, 13th March 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

European Court of Human Rights ‘not interfering in UK’ – BBC News

Posted March 13th, 2012 in constitutional reform, courts, human rights, news by sally

“The European Court of Human Rights is not ‘interfering’ with the justice system in the UK, its president says.”

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BBC News, 13th March 2012

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Who should have the final word on human rights? – Dr Ed Bates – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 6th, 2012 in admissibility, constitutional reform, courts, human rights, news by sally

“Much of the criticism directed toward the European Court of Human Rights over the last year or so, in this country at least, has been that it is too ready to overrule decisions made by the competent United Kingdom national authorities. It is said that British courts have already addressed the relevant human rights arguments under the Human Rights Act, so it is quite wrong that Strasbourg should now ‘overrule’ them.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th March 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

UK bill of rights commission should open up – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2012 in constitutional reform, human rights, news by sally

“Things have been quiet recently on the commission on a bill of rights front, with media attention focused on the upcoming Brighton conference on European court of human rights reform and the growing controversy over the justice and security green paper. But this important commission only has 10 months left to publish its report, and it should be courting public attention, not avoiding it.”

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The Guardian, 5th March 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Tinkering with the powers of the human rights court could be dangerous – The Guardian

Posted March 1st, 2012 in constitutional reform, courts, human rights, news by tracey

“How best to protect human rights across Europe? Governments will meet in Brighton next month to consider the future of the European court of human rights. The UK chairs the Council of Europe, and it has just published its proposals for reforming the court in a document called the Brighton Declaration.”

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The Guardian, 1st March 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk