1st Edition

Leading Works in Public Law

Edited By Patrick O'Brien, Ben Yong Copyright 2025
    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book brings together a group of leading scholars working in public law and constitutional theory. It examines accepted leading works of public law while also exploring those that deserve greater attention. Over thirteen chapters, a group of leading public law experts each examine one leading work from the UK public law canon. Each chapter critically reflects on the context of a work in public law, taking into account not just the work and its context, but also how it shapes and contributes to the broader discipline. The final chapter offers an international overview of the chapters themselves, reflecting critically on the scholarly canon of UK public law from the perspective of American constitutional scholarship. The book will be of interest to scholars and students of constitutional law.

    Introduction to this volume
    Patrick O’Brien and Ben Yong (editors)

    1. AV Dicey, Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution
    Conor McCormick

    2. Ivor Jennings, The Law and the Constitution
    Mara Malagodi

    3. Adam Tomkins, Our Republican Constitution
    Caroline Morris

    4. Martin Loughlin, Public Law and Political Theory
    Ben Yong

    5. Michael Foley, The Silence of Constitutions
    Aileen McHarg

    6. William Wade, The Basis of Legal Sovereignty
    Patrick O’Brien

    7. The Human Rights Act 1998
    Conor Gearty

    8. Alison Young, Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act
    Hélène Tyrell and Conall Mallory

    9. Terence Daintith & Alan Page, The Executive in the Constitution
    Lord Sales

    10. Carol Harlow, Public Law and Popular Justice
    Meghan Campbell

    11. De Smith, Judicial Review of Administrative Action
    Paul Daly

    12. The European Communities Act 1972
    Sionaidh Douglas-Scott

    13. Aileen McHarg, Unity and Diversity in the United Kingdom’s Territorial Constitution
    Christopher McCorkindale

    14. It’s Dicey’s World. Can We Escape It?
    Erin F. Delaney


    Patrick O’Brien is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Oxford Brookes University.

    Ben Yong is an Associate Professor in Public law and Human Rights at Durham Law School.