UK’s constitution, while of ancient origins, remains both dynamic and vibrant. As every public lawyer is only too aware, nowadays, the proper boundaries of administrative and constitutional law are both increasingly broad and subject to debate. In compiling any text-book on this subject, one of the principal preliminary tasks lies in defining the scope of material to be included and approach to be adopted in relation to that material. The task of writing book is made more problematic by the many and varied depths in which, and the means by which, the subject is taught both in the UK and overseas. Full-time students, part-time students, students on long-distance learning programmes and students combining both administrative and constitutional law within a one-year course, all have differing needs. The aim of this book is to provide sufficient detail to meet all such needs in a user-friendly manner.
As emphasised in the introductory chapters, the study of the UK’s administrative and constitutional law involves rather more than a learning of rules of law, and necessarily encompasses over and above an understanding of legal rules; an understanding of government, politics, history, and conventional practices which form the foundations of the contemporary constitution. As a result, any administrative and constitutional law textbook must incorporate sufficient information relating to such matters so as to enable students to view the constitution in its political, historical, and conventional context. In this book, Author has addressed the subject in this manner in order to provide a rounded, contextual explanation of the UK’s constitution, which goes beyond pure law while also adequately covering the law.
About the Author:
Hilaire Barnett, BA, LLM, was previously at Queen Mary College, University of London.