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Complete Public Law

Text, Cases, and Materials

Fifth Edition

Lisa Webley and Harriet Samuels

August 2021

ISBN: 9780198853183

752 pages

In Stock


Price: £42.99

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



Complete Public Law offers 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
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Fully updated to cover the latest developments in public law, including those related to Brexit, the impact of the Miller/Cherry case, and the use of delegated legislation in response to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Discussion of recent significant judicial review cases, including R (on the application of Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal and others (2019), R v Adams (2020), R (on the application of Palestine Solidarity Campaign Ltd and another) v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (2020), and R (D and Others) v Parole Board (2018)

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?
    17:Irrationality and proportionality
    18:Procedural impropriety
    20:Judicial review: putting it all together in problem answers


"Review from previous edition Superb! A complete collection of sources coupled with straightforward but comprehensive explanations - the 4th edition was the best undergraduate textbook that I have used on the topic." - Nicholas Clapham, Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Surrey

"A perfect text for Level 4 students. I have always been a fan of the Complete series for first and second year core modules as they provide a good variety of content in an accessible manner. Complete Public Law is no different." - Alexander Gilder, Lecturer in Law, Royal Holloway, University of London

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The fifth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.
· The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
· The online resources include self-test questions with instant feedback and guidance on answering the end-of-chapter questions from the book.

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