The Constitution Unit



The Unit’s forthcoming seminars, conferences and lectures are listed below. We have several different seminar programmes, most of which are free of charge and open to the public. To attend our events it is essential to book and details of how to do so are available via the links below. You can also contact the Unit directly if you require more information.

Forthcoming events at the Constitution Unit

Public Appointments: should Ministers have more control?

Earlier this year the Government published Sir Gerry Grimstone's report on public appointments proposing major changes to the way in which Ministerial appointments to public bodies are regulated. Sir David Normington, the former Commissioner for Public Appointments and an outspoken critic of the proposals, will review the arguments for and against giving Ministers more control over public appointments. He will discuss the background to the report, explain why, in his view, it represents a step in the wrong direction and examine what has happened since the report was published.

Starts: Dec 8, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Brexit in the Supreme Court

This is the constitutional case of the century. Two sets of appeals come together, Miller from London and McCord from Belfast.  If the Supreme Court upholds the High Court decision in Miller, the government will have to introduce legislation at Westminster before it can trigger Article 50.  If the Supreme Court upholds the arguments of the claimants in McCord, it may have to obtain legislative consent from Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff as well; which could torpedo the timetable, and rekindle demands for Scottish independence.  

Starts: Jan 16, 2017 1:00:00 PM

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