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Published: 08 July 2021

536 Pages


ISBN: 9780198870579

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Public Law Directions

Second Edition

Anne Dennett


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New to this Edition:

  • Fully updated to cover the latest developments in public law, including the impact of the Miller I and Miller/Cherry cases and their significance for constitutional principles, the use of delegated legislation in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, and potential constitutional reform in the future
  • Chapter 4 contains recent developments on devolution, including the Scottish Continuity Bill case
  • A new chapter considers the pre- and post-Brexit legal landscape, as well as the process of withdrawing from the EU, and includes discussion of the impact of Brexit on the devolved administrations
  • Analysis of the significant decision in R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal [2019] UKSC 22 in relation to the rule of law and ouster clauses
  • Discusses issues arising from coronavirus legislation particularly the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the use of secondary legislation to implement restrictions
  • A revised chapter on the legislature examines membership, privileges and standards in the House of Commons and House of Lords
  • Analysis of the Miller/Cherry case across a range of topics especially in relation to prerogative powers
  • Recent significant judicial review cases are discussed, including R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal (2019), R (Palestine Solidarity Campaign Ltd) v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (2020), R (Plan B Earth) v Secretary of State for Transport (2020), Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Johnson (2020), Elgizouli v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2020), and In the matter of an application by Geraldine Finucane for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) (2019).
  • The chapter on police powers has been updated to include recent cases including Catt v UK (2019), Beghal v UK (2019), Gaughran v UK (2020), R (Edward Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales (2020) and R (Jones & Others) v Metropolitan Police Commissioner (2019).

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