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Extreme Devolution: How it works in Bermuda

George Fergusson, Governor of Bermuda

1pm, 1 December 2014

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Understanding the Re-emergence of the English Question

Prof Michael Kenny, Queen Mary University of London

1pm, 8 December 2014 

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Reforming Electoral Law

Nicholas Paines QC & Henni Ouahes, Law Commission

1pm, 28 January 2015 

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English votes on English laws: much ado about nothing?

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:00:34 +0000

Robert Hazell writes that if English votes for English laws were introduced, the impact would most likely be limited. He highlights that there are relatively few English laws, and that few votes in the past would have had different outcomes if EVEL had been in place. The sound and fury generated by the debate on […]


Are quotas for judicial appointments lawful under EU law?

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:00:37 +0000

A recent report laid out recommendations for improving diversity in the judiciary, including a quota system for women and BAME candidates. Kate Malleson and Colm O’Cinneide explore the legality of such measures under EU law, and specifically whether the quotas could be brought in under EU employment law or EU gender equality law. In April 2014 Sadiq Khan, Shadow Secretary of […]


The new political class of 2015

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:00:47 +0000

There is a perception that Westminster politics is a self-serving career machine for the ambitions of a small cadre of self-reproducing politicians. To what extent is this view justified on the basis of the evidence? With six months until the 2015 general election Rosie Campbell, Chrysa Lamprinakou and Jennifer vanHeerde-Hudson assess the diversity of the […]

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