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In 2016 the Constitution Unit published a report about the role and future of the Monarchy, by Robert Hazell and Bob Morris. This is a precursor to two projects. The first, led by Bob Morris, is on the next Accession and Coronation. It will look in particular at the Accession and Coronation oaths, and consider whether they need updating before the next Monarch accedes to the throne. The second project, led by Robert Hazell, is a comparative study of the other monarchies of western Europe. The first step is to compile a comparative bibliography; the next would be to convene a comparative conference.

Previous work has focused on Church and State, and analysing calls for the disestablishment of the Church of England. This would involve removing the Monarch as head of the Church, removing the Anglican Bishops from the House of Lords, and ending government involvement in senior church appointments. Our three year research project into Church and State explored the realities of establishment, and what would be involved if the Church of England were disestablished.  It concluded that disestablishment will only happen if the Church wants it: the government is unlikely to make the first move.  The project was led by Dr Bob Morris.


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Recent Publications

Books and Articles by Bob Morris

  • ‘Alternative Futures for Formal Church Establishment: Two Case Studies from the United Kingdom’in Guesnet F, Laborde C and Lee L (forthcoming 2015) Negotiating Religion (Palgrave).
  • ‘Half-Opening Cans of Worms: The Present State of “High” Anglican Establishment’, Law and Justice, No 172 (September 2014), 10-26.
  • ‘The Future of the Monarchy: The Reign of King Charles III’ in Hazell R (ed.) (2008) Constitutional Futures Revisited: Britain’s Constitution to 2020 (Palgrave), 139-155.
  • Main author: Church and State in 21st Century Britain: The Future of Church Establishment (2009) (Palgrave)
  • ‘The Future of “High” Establishment’ (2011) Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 260-273.
  • ‘Succession to the Crown Bill’ (2013) Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 186-191.

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The Emperor of Japan, Prince Philip and the ‘a’ word

Monday, 22 May 2017

Two recent announcements – the Japanese government’s agreement to the Emperor’s wish to abdicate and Prince Philip’s retirement from public life, both on grounds of advancing age – highlight the fact that there is no continuing provision for abdication in UK law. Bob Morris considers the implications of this and suggests that there may be […]

The Easter Act 1928: a date with history

Friday, 14 April 2017

The Easter Act 1928 sets the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the second Saturday in April. However, the commencement order to bring it into force has never been passed. Kasim Khorasanee considers the age-old dispute over the date of Easter – and its place in the debate over the role of Christianity […]

The Queen at 90: the changing role of the monarchy, and future challenges

Friday, 10 June 2016

To mark the celebrations of the Queen’s 90th birthday the Constitution Unit has published a new report that discusses the formal powers of the monarchy, and its wider role and functions. The report concludes by looking ahead to what further changes can be expected in the coming decades. It is summarised here by its authors, Robert […]

Scotland, Wales and Ireland point to how governments should be formed in hung parliaments

Friday, 20 May 2016

Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones have this week been re-elected as First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, whilst two week ago Enda Kenny was re-elected as Irish Taoiseach. In each case the newly elected parliament elected the head of the new government. In a new report Petra Schleiter, Valerie Belu and Robert Hazell argue that […]

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