Constitutional and administrative law (public law) is an essential element of all law degrees. Unlocking Constitutional and Administrative Law will ensure that you grasp the main concepts with ease, while giving you an indispensable foundation in the subject. This revised fourth edition is fully up to date with the latest key changes in the law and constitutional developments.
The UNLOCKING THE LAW series is designed specifically to make the law accessible. Each chapter contains:
The series covers all the core subjects required by the Bar Council and the Law Society for entry onto professional qualifications as well as popular option units.
"Concise, straightforward and great as a first point of reference. The book gives an excellent account of the key points of information enabling students (and myself) to research further to elaborate on key issues… The Unlocking series gives students the chance to understand the key issues in bite-size chunks before moving onto more in-depth, heavy reading if required. I think it certainly delivers its aims." — Rod Brazier, Holborn College, UK (review of third edition)
"It is a very readable book, which presents the material in a structured manner. It integrates a number of valuable pedagogical features such as case and statute extracts, along with sample questions. As such it is a valuable adjunct to any Constitutional Law module…This series, by introducing the topics at the foundational level, in almost "bite sized" chunks, gives the students a readily accessible foundation." — Bruce Wardhaugh, Queens University, Belfast, UK (review of third edition)
"Overall I think that the book is very good, it makes a very difficult subject easier to comprehend…I also like the self-assessment section and key facts; I think these help students prepare for exams… The Unlocking series has been a god send to many students who are having problems coming to terms with difficult concepts…it is a must have for undergraduates." — Emma Fredericks, New College Nottingham, UK (review of third edition)
1: INTRODUCTORY CONCEPTS; 2: CONSTITUTIONS; 3: THE NATURE OF THE BRITISH CONSTITUTION; 4: THE SOURCES OF THE BRITISH CONSTITUTION; 5: THE SEPARATION OF POWERS; 6: THE RULE OF LAW; 7: PARLIAMENTARY SOVEREIGNTY; 8: PARLIAMENT I: NATURE, FUNCTIONS AND PRIVILEGE; 9: PARLIAMENT II: THE HOUSE OF COMMONS; 10: PARLIAMENT III: THE HOUSE OF LORDS; 11: THE EXECUTIVE; 12: EXECUTIVE/PARLIAMENTARY RELATIONS; 13: THE JUDICIARY; 14: THE DECENTRALISATION OF PUBLIC POWER; 15: THE EUROPEAN UNION; 16: THE EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS; 17: THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT 1998; 18: FREEDOM OF SPEECH; 19: JUDICIAL REVIEW I (RATIONALE AND PROCEDURE); 20: JUDICIAL REVIEW II (GROUNDS OF REVIEW AND REMEDIES); 21: Grievance mechanisms; 22: Index
The Unlocking the Law series is designed specifically to make the law accessible. The books have been designed with the same format and structure, so each chapter in each book includes: a list of aims and objectives, activities such as quick quizzes and self-test questions, key facts charts to consolidate your knowledge, and diagrams to aid learning.
All topic areas are broken up into manageable sections with a logical progression and extensive use of headings and numerous sub-headings as well as an extensive contents list and index. Each book in the series contains a variety of flow charts, diagrams, key facts charts and summaries to reinforce the information in the body of the text. Diagrams and flow charts are particularly useful because they can provide a quick and easy understanding of the key points, especially when revising for examinations. Key facts charts not only provide a quick visual guide through the subject but are also useful for revision.
Many cases are separated out for easy access and all cases have full citation in the text as well as the table of cases for easy reference. The emphasis of the series is on depth of understanding much more than breadth of detail. For this reason each text also includes key extracts from judgments where appropriate. Extracts from academic comment from journal articles and leading texts are also included to give some insight into the academic debate on complex or controversial areas. In both cases these are highlighted and removed from the body of the text.
Finally the books also include much formative 'self-testing', with a variety of activities ranging through subject specific comprehension, application of the law, and a range of other activities to help the student gain a good idea of his or her progress in the course. Appendices with guides on completing essay style questions and legal problem solving supplement and support this interactivity. Besides this a sample essay plan is added at the end of most chapters.
Series editors: Jacqueline Martin LLM has ten years' experience as a practising barrister and has taught law at all levels. Chris Turner LLM is a Senior Lecturer in law at Wolverhampton University.