Meg Russell's Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee evidence on the Strathclyde review and the Lords
In addition to the PACAC evidence, Meg Russell has now given evidence to the House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee on the effective scrutiny of secondary legislation for each of the three options set out in Lord Strathclyde's report on Tuesday 9 February 2016. The session can be watched here (16:52)
Publication date: 10 February 2016
Publication date: 8 February 2016
New Book: Faces on the Ballot: The Personalization of Electoral Systems in Europe, by Alan Renwick and Jean-Benoit Pilet
Publication date: 4 February 2016
Publication date: 3 February 2016
Press Release: Independent review recommends politicians say NO to Draft Wales Bill unless major changes are made
A report by an independent review group consisting of constitutional and legislative experts will today (Monday 1 February 2016) say that they could not recommend that politicians in Cardiff Bay and Westminster support the Draft Wales Bill in its current form.
Publication date: 1 February 2016
Meg Russell has given evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) on the circumstances surrounding the Strathclyde review of the House of Lords' powers, and its possible implications on Tuesday 19 January 2016. The session can be watched here or read the full transcript here.
Publication date: 20 January 2016
Publication date: 14 January 2016
The report published today by Lord Strathclyde into powers of the House of Lords could facilitate a wider deal on the next stage of Lords reform, say experts at UCL's Constitution Unit. The Strathclyde report proposes a reduction in the chamber's powers over secondary legislation, which is likely to prove controversial with members of the Lords, and particularly with the Labour opposition. But there are also changes that members of the Lords themselves urgently want: in particular control over the chamber's size, and unregulated prime ministerial appointments. House of Lords expert Professor Meg Russell therefore suggests that there could now be a deal to be struck.
Publication date: 17 December 2015
Publication date: 14 December 2015
Publication date: 14 December 2015
Publication date: 9 November 2015
Publication date: 3 November 2015
Publication date: 27 October 2015
The Constitution Unit is taking part in an important new project to new ways of conducting public debate could strengthen democracy and improve the quality of decision-making on key constitutional issues.
Publication date: 14 October 2015
Today marks an important transition for UCL's Constitution Unit, as its founding Director, Professor Robert Hazell, steps down after more than 20 years of service. The Unit's new Director is Professor Meg Russell, who joined the Unit in 1998 and was previously its Deputy Director. The new Deputy Director is Dr Alan Renwick, who joined UCL in September from the University of Reading.
Publication date: 1 October 2015
New Report: Supreme, Submissive or Symbiotic? The United Kingdom Courts and the European Court of Human Rights.
The Constitution Unit has today published a report titled Supreme, Submissive or Symbiotic? The United Kingdom Courts and the European Court of Human Rights.
Publication date: 1 October 2015
Leading experts warn that proposals for ‘reserved powers’ for Wales will leave major constitutional problems unresolved
A report from a group of leading constitutional and legal experts published today (Thursday 24 September 2015) warns that the UK Government’s devolution proposals for a ‘reserved powers’ model of devolution for Wales are unlikely to be workable and will fail to provide a clear, robust and lasting settlement.
Publication date: 24 September 2015
Publication date: 1 September 2015
Press Release: New appointments to the Lords have 'no justification' and urgent change is needed says expert
Publication date: 27 August 2015
New Publication: The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords Constitution Committee: Second Edition
Today the Constitution Unit, with the support of the Constitution Society, is publishing the second edition of The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords Constitution Committee. The report, by Jack Simson Caird, Robert Hazell and Dawn Oliver, contains a code of 140 constitutional standards, covering five areas: the rule of law, delegated powers, the separation of powers, individual rights and parliamentary procedure. The second edition extracts and codifies standards from all 168 reports of the House of Lords’ Constitution Committee published from its inception in 2001 to the end of the 2010-2015 Parliament.
Publication date: 25 August 2015
Publication date: 4 August 2015
Meg Russell comments on the next steps for House of Lords reform in the press in light of Lord Sewel's resignation from the House of Lords and the upcoming House of Lords reform in the press in light of Lord Sewel's resignation from the House of Lords and the upcoming appointments by David Cameron.
Publication date: 28 July 2015
Publication date: 25 June 2015
The Constitution Unit at UCL are pleased to announce the publication of The Politics of Judicial Independence published by Cambridge University Press. This was the product of a big collaborative research project with Graham Gee (Birmingham), Robert Hazell (UCL), Patrick O’Brien (LSE) and Kate Malleson (Queen Mary).
Publication date: 17 June 2015
Publication date: 15 June 2015
On the Magna Carta's 800th anniversary Robert Hazell and James Melton of the Constitution Unit have edited a volume on the Magna Carta and it's modern legacy.
Publication date: 12 June 2015
First Minister’s speech to the UK’s Changing Union “Devolution and Future of the United Kingdom” Conference
“Wales, the Union, and the Future”
Publication date: 5 June 2015
In the run up to the General election and after, members of
the Unit have been cited in the following articles and media apperances on a number of issues
surrounding the election.
Publication date: 14 May 2015
Professor Robert Hazell comments on the publication of letters to governmentministers from the Prince of Wales
Commenting on the publication of letters to government ministers from the Prince of Wales, the Director of UCL’s Constitution Unit Professor Robert Hazell said:
Publication date: 13 May 2015
As the fallout from the general election is dissected, some commentators have noted the challenges facing Cameron's new government in managing the House of Commons - given his small majority. But UCL expert Professor Meg Russell warns today that his challenges in managing the House of Lords could be even greater.
Publication date: 11 May 2015