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Sovereignty, Privilege and the European Convention on Human Rights

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This collection of essays by leading academics, lawyers, parliamentarians and parliamentary officials provides a critical assessment of the UK Parliament's two main constitutional roles-as a legislature and as the preeminent institution for calling government to account. Both functions are undergoing change and facing new challenges. Part 1 (Legislation) includes chapters on Parliament's emerging responsibilities for pre-legislative scrutiny of government Bills and for evaluating proposed legislation against explicit constitutional standards. The impact on legislation of the European Union and the growing influence of the House of Lords are also examined. Part 2 (Accountability) investigates how Parliament operates to scrutinise areas of executive action previously often shielded from effective parliamentary oversight, including national security, war-making powers and administrative justice. There are also chapters on parliamentary reform, including analysis of the House of Commons 'Wright reforms', parliamentary sovereignty, privilege and the European Convention on Human Rights, Euroscepticism, and parliamentary sovereignty and the regulation of lobbyists. The book will be of interest to anyone who is curious about the work of Parliament and is aimed at legal academics, practitioners and political scientists.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Horne A, Tyrrell H

Editor(s): Horne, A; Le Sueur, A;

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Parliament: Legislation and Accountability

Year: 2016

Print publication date: 02/06/2016

Online publication date: 02/06/2016

Acceptance date: 01/01/2016

Edition: 1st

Series Title: Hart Studies in Constitutional Law

Publisher: Hart Publishing

Place Published: Oxford, UK


Notes: Ebook ISBN 9781509906444

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781849467162