1st Edition

Understanding Public Law

By Hilaire Barnett Copyright 2010
    264 Pages
    by Routledge-Cavendish

    262 Pages
    by Routledge-Cavendish

    Public Law is concerned with the law governing the institutions of the state and the relationship between the state and the individual, and is a core subject for all students reading for a qualifying law degree. This concise, student-friendly guide will help equip students with an understanding of the key aspects of the UK’s political and legal systems as well as building an understanding of the relationship between the different branches of the state such as the executive, legislature and judiciary.

    Understanding Public Law provides a consideration of the main themes in a logical, progressive manner, highlighting the broader political and social contexts, and focusing on how and why the law has developed as it has.

    Throughout the text, key terms are identified and explained from the outset, helping students new to the subject familiarize themselves with the vocabulary of public law; chapter outlines and summaries help to focus the reader on the key topics; and a set of self-test questions at the end of each chapter encourage students to consider and reflect on what has been learnt. Understanding Public Law is the ideal introduction to this essential subject.

    1. Introduction to Public Law.  2. Sources of the Constitution. 3 Separation of Powers.  4. The Rule of Law.  5. Parliamentary Sovereignty.  6. The European Union.  7. Central, Regional and Local government.  8. Electoral Law.  9. Parliament.  10. The Protection of Human Rights.  11. Freedom of Expression and Privacy.  12. Freedom of Assembly and Public Order.  13. Judicial Review of Administrative Action.  14. Ombudsmen.  15. A Brief History.


    Hilaire Barnett, BA, LLM, was previously at Queen Mary, University of London, and is the author of the best-selling textbook, Constitutional and Administrative Law, also published by Routledge-Cavendish.