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Complete Public Law

Text, Cases, and Materials

Third Edition

Lisa Webley and Harriet Samuels

July 2015

ISBN: 9780198714491

760 pages

In Stock


Price: £35.99

The complete resource for students of public law; the only introductory textbook to combine extracts from key materials with plentiful author commentary and supportive learning.



Complete Public Law: Text, Cases, and Materials combines extracts from key primary and secondary materials with clear explanatory text to provide a complete resource for students of constitutional and administrative law.

  • Clear, concise explanation of key legal principles is combined with a wide range of extracts, from statutes, case law and academic materials to provide a complete resource for students
  • The authors use straightforward and uncomplicated language to ensure legal concepts and the complexities of the British constitution are easily understood
  • Learning features such as thinking points, diagrams, useful notes, summary points and reflective questions provide valuable support for students and encourage them to engage with the subject
  • A helpful 'case study' chapter on human rights, terrorism and the courts illustrates how the Human Rights Act has been used in practice across the legal system, providing extra insight into the importance of both human rights law and the process of judicial review
  • The 'Judicial review: putting it all together in problem answers' chapter pulls together strands from previous chapters to provide a checklist of issues to be considered in order to diagnose a judicial review problem and advise a client

About the Author(s)

Lisa Webley, Professor of Empirical Legal Studies, University of Westminster, and Harriet Samuels, Reader in Law, University of Westminster

Table of Contents

    Part I: Introduction and Constitutional Principles
    1: What is public law?
    2: Constitutional organisations, institutions, and roles
    3: The nature of the British constitution
    4: The rule of law
    5: The separation of powers
    6: The Crown and royal prerogative
    Part II: Parliamentary Supremacy
    7: Parliamentary supremacy: the theory
    8: Membership of the European Union
    9: Human rights
    10: Devolution
    Part III: Responsible Government
    11: Executive power and accountability
    12: The role of constitutional conventions
    13: The Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration
    Part IV: Judicial Review
    14: The role of the courts, judicial review, and human rights
    15: The parties to a judicial review: who can make a claim for judicial review and against whom can a claim of judicial review be made?
    16: Illegality
    17: Irrationality and proportionality
    18: Procedural impropriety
    19: Remedies
    20: A case study: human rights, terrorism, and public law principles
    21: Judicial review: putting it all together in problem answers


I would recommend this book without hesitation. The features guide students through what can often be a very confusing subject, and the text is clear and summarizes the material in a way which makes is easy to understand. - Colin Faragher, Senior Lecturer, University of West London

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to students...the writing style is clear, the language is student friendly, and the text is extremely easy to follow. - Angela King, Senior Lecturer in Law, Teesside University

An impressive pedagogical approach...[the authors] have selected some interesting excerpts from books and articles. In terms of public law text and materials books, I would place this on a par with the best in the field. - Dr Mike Varney, Lecturer in Law, University of Hull

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