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Press Release: Former Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge Declares that the UK Supreme Court is Not Obliged to Follow the Rulings of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg
Publication date: 4 December 2013
The former Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge has called for a change in the Human Rights Act to make it clear that British courts are not obliged to follow the rulings of the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg.
Robert Hazell gave evidence at the PCRC Select Committee on the role of the judiciary if there were a codified constitution
Publication date: 2 December 2013
Robert Hazell gave evidence at the PCRC Select Committee at the second evidence session inquiring into the role of the judiciary if there were a codified constitution. The Committee questioned academics and a member of the House of Lords on the main constitutional issues surrounding the inquiry
Launch of a New Pamphlet: Risk Management Government Lawyers and the Provision of Legal Advice within Whitehall
Publication date: 27 November 2013
The Constitution Society, in partnership with the Constitution Unit, launched the new pamphlet Risk Management: Government Lawyers and the Provision of Legal Advice within Whitehall
Robert Hazell in the press on the unveiling of the SNP White Paper
Publication date: 27 November 2013
Professor Robert Hazell has been in the press following his press release on the unveiling of the SNP White Paper.
Press Release: Uncertainties in SNP White Paper strengthen argument for second referendum
Publication date: 26 November 2013
Commenting on the launch of the Scottish government’s independence White Paper, the director of UCL’s Constitution Unit Professor Robert Hazell made two points.
VIDEOS: The House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived - Dr Meg Russell & Mark D'Arcy (Respondent)
Publication date: 19 November 2013
The House of Lords has frequently reached the news in recent years, but almost always in the context of its possible reform, rather than the existing chamber's role in the policy process. Meg Russell's new book, published in July, seeks to redress the gap in understanding, based on detailed research about the chamber's evolving membership, party groups, committees and treatment of legislation. The book argues that the years since 1999 (when Tony Blair's government removed most hereditary peers) have seen a 'revival' of bicameralism in the UK, with the Lords playing an increasingly active and influential role. Even before the arrival of coalition in 2010, the Lords had given the third party significant negotiating power, making British parliamentary politics far more plural than was suggested by the old 'Westminster model'. Since the arrival of the coalition, the independent 'Crossbenchers' have taken on a pivotal, but little-known, position. These changes have obvious consequences for how we are governed, and have also changed the tone of debates about Lords reform.
Robert Hazell gives evidence at the Public Administration Select Committee
Publication date: 29 October 2013
Robert Hazell gave evidence at the Public Administration Select Committee in Westminster Palace today. This was the second session of PASC’s inquiry into Parliament’s Ombudsman Service. Members heard from Robert Hazell and two other academics who gave evidence on their experience and expertise drawn from different institutions and disciplines (administrative law, political science and British government).
Press Release: Small Lords reforms needed urgently, before new appointments
Publication date: 17 October 2013
Today sees publication of the Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee (PCRC) report on "House of Lords reform: what next?". Tomorrow the Commons debates a private member's bill on small steps to Lords reform. The urgency of reform is demonstrated by today's story in The Times newspaper that David Cameron plans to appoint a further 30 peers, just weeks after the last batch of appointment was announced in August.
Robert Hazell gives evidence at the House of Lords Constitution Committee
Publication date: 16 October 2013
Robert Hazell gave evidence at the House of Lords Constitution Committee in parliament today. He gave evidence on Constitutional implications of Coalition Government.
Internship applications now open for January 2014
Publication date: 15 October 2013
Deadline 13th November 2013
An internship at the Constitution Unit is an ideal way for recent graduates to gain experience of work in a think tank which is also an academic research centre, and to do research which is linked to policy. Past interns have included students in their holidays, postgraduates thinking about continuing their studies to Masters or PhD level, and civil and public servants who work for us part-time or on secondment.
Dr Meg Russell on BOOKtalk
Publication date: 14 October 2013
Prof Robert Hazell was interviewed on BBC Westminster Hour - Sunday 6th October 2013
Publication date: 11 October 2013
Professor Robert Hazell talks to John Beesley on the forthcoming Scottish independence
Press Release: Announcing the Launch of Constitute: The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search and Compare
Publication date: 23 September 2013
The Constitution Unit is pleased to announce the launch of Constitute, a website for reading, searching, and comparing the world’s constitutions. The site was launched at 2:00 p.m. (GMT) today at the New York Palace Hotel in New York City. Speakers at the launch event included His Excellency President Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia and Her Excellency Roza Otunbayeva (former President of the Kyrgyz Republic).
Dr Meg Russell interview on BBC Westminster Hour
Publication date: 9 September 2013
Dr Meg Russell on Parliament and Syria
Publication date: 30 August 2013
Video: Guy Lodge and Sir Leigh Lewis - Civil Service Accountability
Publication date: 27 August 2013
Guy Lodge and Sir Leigh Lewis spoke at the Constitution Unit seminar on 18th June 2013 on Civil Service Accountability
Unit in the news: Meg Russell comments on the new peerage list
Publication date: 2 August 2013
Meg Russell's work on Lords has received a lot of attention in
the light of the recent additions to the House of Lords. She has been
cited in the following articles:
Press Release: Lords appointments urgently need regulation: Constitution Unit
Publication date: 1 August 2013
Unit in the News - Robert Hazell on the Royal baby
Publication date: 22 July 2013
Professor Robert Hazell has been cited in the following articles about the imminent birth of the royal baby:
Video: Interview with Meg Russell on 'The Contemporary House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived'
Publication date: 18 July 2013
Meg Russell, Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit discusses her new book about the House of Lords, 'The Contemporary House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived.'
Press Release: Reassessing the Lords: a major new study
Publication date: 18 July 2013
The Constitution Unit announces the publication of a major study on the House of Lords by its Deputy Director Meg Russell - the leading authority on the subject. The Contemporary House of Lords, published this week by Oxford University Press, provides an up-to-date and readable examination of the chamber since its reform in 1999, and in doing so challenges many common myths.
Press Release: Will the Royal baby definitely be next in line of succession?
Publication date: 15 July 2013
Commenting on the imminent birth of the royal baby, Professor Robert Hazell, Director of the Constitution Unit in the School of Public Policy at UCL, said:
Meg Russell gives evidence to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee
Publication date: 27 June 2013
Meg Russell & Tony Wright give evidence to Procedure Committee about Public Bill Committees
Publication date: 21 June 2013
Within days of publication of our report Fitting the Bill: Bringing
Commons Legislation Committees into Line with Best Practice, the House
of Commons Procedure Committee announced a new inquiry into the
constitution and membership of public bill committees. See here.
The first witnesses were the Unit's Meg Russell (lead author of the report), along with Professor Tony Wright (also of the School of Public Policy, UCL, and a former MP and chair of the Reform of the House of Commons committee 2009-10). The session made extensive reference to the report and its recommendations, discussing issues such as how members of public bill committees are chosen (and suggestions that the Committee of Selection might be reformed, and/or its proposals be put to the chamber for approval), and the merits of larger-scale reform such as moving towards permanent, specialist legislation committees of the kind that exist in many other parliaments.
The session can be watched here
Press Release: Commons bill committees 'left behind', says Constitution Unit report
Publication date: 11 June 2013
A new report from the Constitution Unit highlights how House of Commons bill committees are out of step with their overseas comparators, and have been increasingly left behind in the process of parliamentary reform. While the Commons select committees have gone from strength to strength, bill committees are subject to much complaint, and are now ripe for reform.
Press Release: Constitution Unit report to call for reform of Commons legislation committees
Publication date: 5 June 2013
A report being launched in the Commons next Monday by the Constitution Unit calls for a shakeup of the 'public bill committees' that deal with government legislation. It follows a project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, which looked at what the House of Commons can learn from legislation committees in other parliaments. Two senior parliamentarians will speak at the launch, along with the report lead author.
Dr Bob Morris in the News - Prince Charles and Charities
Publication date: 3 June 2013
Bob Morris has been quoted in the press on how Prince Charles would have to withdraw from a front line role in his charities when he becomes king.
The Independent - Charities fear funding crisis after accession of Charles to throne (02/06/2013)
Unit in the News - May 2013
Publication date: 20 May 2013
Bob Morris has been cited in the following articles:
• Why the Queen will never step aside – Daily Telegraph (11 May)
Press Release: Lord O'Donnell Delieverd his Inaugural Speech on 24th April 2013
Publication date: 23 April 2013
Press Release: Inaugural Lecture by the former Cabinet Secretary Lord (Gus) O’Donnell
Publication date: 23 April 2013