Whether you’re new to higher education, coming to legal study for the first time or just wondering what Constitutional Law is all about, Beginning Constitutional Law is the ideal introduction to help you hit the ground running. Adopting a clear and simple approach with legal vocabulary explained in a detailed glossary avaliable on the companion website, Nick Howard breaks the subject of constitutional law down using practical everyday examples to make it understandable for anyone, whatever their background. Diagrams and flowcharts simplify complex issues, important cases are identified and explained, and on-the- spot questions help you recognise potential issues or debates within the law so that you can contribute in classes with confidence.
This second edition has been updated to keep up to date with developments both before and after the 2015 General Election as well as ongoing proposals for reform, including:
• The referendum on independence for Scotland, increased devolved powers and the continued threat of the break-up of the Union.
• Proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and replace it with a British Bill of Rights.
• The in/out referendum on EU membership.
• Reform of the role and composition of the House of Lords.
Beginning Constitutional Law is an ideal first introduction to the subject for LLB, GDL or ILEX and especially international students, those enrolled on distance learning courses or on other degree programmes.
Table of Contents
2. Does the UK have a Constitution
3. Finding UK Constitutional Law
4. Analysing the UK Constitution
5. Parliament’s Function and Make-up
6. Parliamentary Sovereignty
7. Government’s Relationship with Parliament
8. Government and the Courts
9. Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights
10. Police powers, and public order
11. Preparing for your Examination
Nick Howard is a Lawyer in the Office of the Counsel General for Wales and was a member of the legal Bill team who took the Government of Wales Act 2006 through Parliament. He is also a former Principal Lecturer in Constitutional Law at the University of South Wales.