Reform of the Prerogative
08 December 2022, 1:15 pm–2:15 pm
From the prorogation of parliament to military action, the executive’s prerogative powers have been at the heart of some of the most heated political controversies of recent years.
From the prorogation of parliament to military action, the executive’s prerogative powers have been at the heart of some of the most heated political controversies of recent years. This seminar marks the publication of a new book and report on this little-understood but crucial topic.
The book, Executive Power: The Prerogative, Past, Present and Future by Robert Hazell and Timothy Foot (Hart Publishing) is available now.
The Constitution Unit report, Reforming the Prerogative by Robert Hazell and Charlotte Sayers-Carter will be published on 08 December 2022.
At the seminar Robert Hazell will explain the main prerogative powers, the successes and failures of recent attempts to regulate them, and the respective roles of parliament and the courts. Other speakers will then look at specific instances of the prerogative:
Arabella Lang (Head of Research, Public Law Project) will discuss the effectiveness of parliamentary scrutiny of treaties
Prof Philippe Lagassé, Carleton University, Ottawa will evaluate parliamentary attempts to regulate the war making power, in Australia, Canada and New Zealand as well as the UK
Sir Peter Riddell, Honorary Professor at UCL, will talk about regulation of public appointments
The seminar will be chaired by Prof Meg Russell, Director of the Constitution Unit