First published in the 1930s, Bradley, Ewing and Knight is one of the UK's best known law textbooks of all time. Written by senior academics and a leading public law practitioner, the book is the definitive guide to all aspects of the constitution, and as such has been cited by courts across the world, including the UK's Supreme Court. At its heart however, the book remains a student textbook with one fundamental aim; to provide all law students with an accessible and comprehensive grounding in Public Law suitable for use on both first year modules, and more advanced optional courses.
This 17th edition has been substantially updated to reflect the major constitutional upheavals of recent times, including:
* Consideration of the impact of R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the EU across a range of chapters on Parliamentary sovereignty, the rule of law, devolution, and the relationship between EU law and national law.
* A total rewrite of chapter 6 on Britain and the EU, with a full analysis of the constitutional implications of Brexit;
* Discussion of the use of the rule of law by the Supreme Court in recent high-profile decisions such as Evans (Prince Charles' letters and the executive veto) and Unison (employment tribunal fees).
* A major rewrite of substantial parts of chapter 16 on privacy and surveillance, to take in the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, the so-called 'snooper's charter';
* Re-examination of the devolution settlements following the Scottish independence referendum, Brexit, the Scotland Act 2016 and the Wales Act 2017, along with expanded consideration of local government within the constitution.
Keith Ewing is Professor of Public Law at King's College London. Christopher Knight is a barrister at 11KBW who practises in public law. Amongst many other cases, he was junior counsel for the Secretary of State in Miller. He published widely and is a member of the Editorial Committee of Public Law.
PART I Sources, structure and principles 1 Constitutional law - its meaning and sources 2 The structure of the United Kingdom 3 Parliamentary supremacy 4 The rule of law 5 Responsible and accountable government 6 United Kingdom and the European Union PART II The institutions of government 7 Composition of Parliament 8 Role of Parliament 9 Privileges of Parliament 10 The Crown and royal prerogative 11 Cabinet, government departments and civil service 12 Public bodies and public appointments 13 Courts and the administration of justice PART III Personal liberty and human rights 14 Human Rights Act 15 Right to liberty and police powers 16 Right to privacy and surveillance powers 17 Right to freedom of expression 18 Freedom of association and assembly 19 State security and official secrets 20 Special and emergency powers PART IV Administrative law 581 21 What is administrative law? 583 22 Delegated legislation 595 23 Administrative justice 614 24 Judicial review I: the grounds of review 641 25 Judicial review II: procedure and remedies 681 26 Liability of public authorities 710 Bibliography 745 Index