Public law is of the highest importance to individuals, defining the institutions which exercise the power of the state, and setting the rules which govern their interaction in relation to each other and to individuals.
Though one of the defining characteristics of the United Kingdom’s constitutional order is its long heritage and remarkable stability, the last two decades have seen a number of significant changes in the constitutional sphere. An appreciation of the way in which public law has adapted in order to meet these changing circumstances, as well as the forces which are driving its further development, is of the highest importance to achieving a clear understanding of the nature of the state and the individual’s position in relation to it.
This module will communicate a picture of modern public law through the examination of those topics which are most relevant to its recent and on-going development. It addresses key areas which have driven constitutional development in recent years, such as the legal and constitutional crisis surrounding Brexit.