School of Law

LAW4001 Public Law

Module Description

General characteristics of the UK constitution; Institutions of the European Union and Council of Europe; Rule of law; Parliamentary sovereignty; European Union law and the challenge to parliamentary sovereignty; Separation of powers; Accountability; Sources of power: primary and secondary legislation, prerogative powers; Constitutional conventions; European Union law-making process; Constitutional functions of judges; United Kingdom Supreme Court; Appointing, scrutinising and dismissing judges; EU judicial system and dialogue with the ECJ;European Convention on Human Rights; Human Rights Act 1998 and proposals for a Bill of Rights; Treaties, Parliament and Conventions, EU Treaty Change, Codifying the Constitution and constitutional reform.



Method of Assessment

25% essay
75% exam