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Complete Public Law

Text, Cases, and Materials

Fourth Edition

Lisa Webley and Harriet Samuels

August 2018

ISBN: 9780198798064

712 pages

In Stock


Price: £36.99

Concepts, cases, and commentary combine to stimulate deep learning, critical thinking, and perceptive analysis.



Titles in the Complete series offer students a carefully blended combination of the subject's concepts, cases, and commentary. A combination which encourages critical thinking, stimulates analysis, and promotes a complete understanding.

  • Introduces students to the subject of public law. Includes short sections within most chapters which explain the political and historical context to those with no prior knowledge as well as demonstrating how public law is relevant today
  • Clear explanations of the legal concepts that underpin the subject give students a strong base on which to build
  • Extracts from cases and primary materials show at first hand the law at work and will deepen their understanding
  • Thought-provoking thinking points that ask your students' opinion will develop their analysis and show them how to critically evaluate the law
  • Review questions and self-testing tools will help consolidate knowledge and give students the confidence to perform well in assessments
  • The 'Judicial review: putting it all together in problem answers' chapter gives students practical help on how to tackle a judicial review problem and advise a client

About the Author(s)

Lisa Webley, Professor of Legal Education and Research, University of Birmingham, 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: Parliamentary Supremacy and Human rights
    10: Devolution and Parliamentary Supremacy
    Part III: Responsible Government
    11: Executive Power and Accountability
    12: The Role of Constitutional Conventions
    13: Justice in the Modern Administrative State
    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: Judicial Review: Putting it all Together in Problem Answers


"Review from previous edition 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

"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

Additional Resources

This book is accompanied by the following online resources:

- Updates from the authors to help students keep up-to-date with this fast-moving subject
- Multiple choice questions with instant feedback to allow students to test themselves
- Bonus chapter: 'A case study: human rights, terrorism, and public law principles'
- A library of weblinks and advice on which websites students should use when planning their own research
- A flashcard glossary of key terms
- A timeline of key events in public law

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