UCL Faculty of Laws


Hybrid | Royal Law: Prerogative Foundations

24 May 2023, 11:00 am–1:00 pm

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This event is organised by the UCL Public Law Group

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UCL Faculty of Laws
Moot Court (Ground Floor)
4-8 Endsleigh Gardens

Speaker: Dr Robert Craig (University of Bristol)

Discussant: Dr Daniella Lock (University of Oxford)

About the Paper

Dr Craig will discuss his much-awaited book on the royal prerogative. He argues that all non-statutory powers of central government derive from the prerogative powers of the Crown. This means challenging a large amount of case law and a highly influential line of academic opinion running from Blackstone through to Wade and Harris. Dr Craig argues that the Crown has no common law powers as such, or ‘third source’ powers or freedoms as suggested by Harris. Instead, recent case law considering third source powers must be reconsidered as examples of judicial regulation of prerogative powers - including an often-overlooked and controversial prerogative power to administer the realm.

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About the group

The UCL Public Law Group is a community of scholars working in the field of public law, broadly understood. Our aim is to provide a supportive forum for the discussion and development of theoretical and doctrinal questions in constitutional theory, comparative constitutional law, human rights, judicial review, legal and political theory, and more. Read more about the group and its work.

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You can attend this event in-person at UCL Faculty of Laws (Bentham House, 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG) or alternatively you can join via a live stream.

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