The Constitution Unit would like to encourage applications from top-quality candidates for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships via the UCL Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy. The selection process will be highly competitive, with successful candidates demonstrating a very strong academic track record, and a strong research proposal. We would particularly like to encourage applications in the fields of parliaments and parliamentary reform, referendums, elections and electoral reform, parties and candidates, devolution and territorial politics (the latter particularly in the UK).
Publication date: 24 November 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
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.
Publication date: 18 July 2013
We are pleased to present a brand new Constitution Unit website. We’ve been developing the site over the last few months to make our information more accessible to users. It’s a big improvement and we hope you enjoy exploring it.
Publication date: 14 September 2010