Jbjbj

Topics: Law, Separation of powers, Constitution Pages: 4 (438 words) Published: March 9, 2013
CONSTITUTIONAL & ADMINISTRATIVE LAW, 2012-13

LECTURE, Week commencing 1/10

CONSTITUTIONS; COOK’S TOUR OF THE UK & ITS CONSTITUTION

CONSTITUTIONS

Learning objectives: understanding of

Nature and purpose of constitutions

Different types of constitutions

‘Written’ and ‘unwritten’ constitutions

Some key questions and definitions

What is Constitutional & Administrative Law?
What is Public Law?

What is a constitution?

What does a constitution do?

- ‘The Rights of Man’, Tom Paine
o “Government without a constitution is power without a right”

What is usually set out in a constitution?

- It depends & varies

- An opening declaration
o “We the people ...”

- Values
o Liberty ...

- Bodies of government
o The organs of state
▪ Executive
▪ Legislature
▪ Judiciary

- Their functions & powers, inter-realtionship & relationship with ‘the people’

- The structure of governance, for instance
o Federal

- Freedoms of ‘the people’, for instance
o Free expression

- Protections for minorities

- The vote, electoral rules & procedures

- Amending procedure

What isn’t set out in a constitution but is part of a constitution?

What is ‘constitutional’ law? How does it differ from ‘ordinary’ law?

Types of constitution

- Unitary or federal

- Flexible or rigid

- Written or unwritten

‘Written’ and ‘Unwritten’ Constitutions

What is a ‘written constitution’ and what is an ‘unwritten constitution’?

- Cromwell’s ‘Instrument of Government’ (1653-1660)

- Contrast
o English Revolution l1688
o Union with Scotland Act 1688, Union with England Act 1688 o Parliament Act 1911

What are the differences between them and the pros and cons of each distinguishing feature?

Let us examine these with reference to...
Continue Reading

Please join StudyMode to read the full document

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Essay on jbjbj nbjnk kjnk
  • matmez wood Essay

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free