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Constitutional and Administrative Law

Twelfth Edition

Neil Parpworth

April 2022

ISBN: 9780192856579

624 pages

Core Texts Series

Price: £32.99

This concise and easy-to-read text goes straight to the heart of public law.



Constitutional and Administrative Law is a clear and concise text which allows students to easily get to the heart of the subject.

  • The concise and approachable writing style allows students to easily understand the foundations of public law
  • Debate is introduced through short extracts and brief summaries which get to the heart of key issues
  • Self-test questions develop students' understanding of the subject
  • Extensive further reading suggestions enable students to supplement their knowledge and widen their understanding
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Thoroughly updated to cover all the latest developments in public law, including two Supreme Court decisions on the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament
  • Analysis of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act (2018), as amended, the status of retained EU law in domestic legislation after Brexit, as well as the ability of certain courts to diverge from decisions of the Court of Justice of the EU
  • Consideration of the significance of the Northern Ireland Protocol and the legal challenge brought against it in Allister v Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (2021)
  • Updated coverage of judicial review, including the proposed reforms to quashing orders in the Judicial Review and Courts Bill

About the Author(s)

Neil Parpworth, Associate Professor of Law, De Montfort University

Neil Parpworth is Associate Professor of Law at De Montfort University. His teaching and publishing interests lie in the fields of constitutional and administrative law, civil liberties and human rights, and environmental law.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Fundamental Principles of the Constitution
    1:The meaning of a constitution
    2:Separation of powers
    3:Rule of law
    4:The legislative supremacy of Parliament
    Part II: The Institutional Framework of the Constitution
    6:The European Union
    7:The structure of the United Kingdom and devolution
    Part III: Sources of the Constitution
    8:Primary and secondary legislation
    9:EU law
    10:Constitutional conventions
    11:Judge-made law
    12:The royal prerogative
    Part IV: Judicial Review of Administrative Action
    13:The nature of judicial review
    14:The grounds for judicial review
    15:Judicial review remedies
    Part V: Alternative Means of Redress
    16:Tribunals, inquiries, and the ombudsmen remedy
    Part VI: Civil Liberties
    17:Freedoms and liberties in the United Kingdom
    18:Freedom of expression
    19:Police powers
    20:Freedom of assembly and public order

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The twelfth 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: bi-annual updates on the latest key developments in public law, and self-test questions on key topics, with feedback, providing an opportunity for students to test and consolidate their learning.

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