Legal Workshop: 1979

Constitutional Law

The 14th annual Legal Workshop was held at the Institute from Tuesday 3rd July to Friday 7th July 1979 and the subject was: Constitutional Law.

The academic convenors of the Workshop were Professor A.W. Bradley of the University of Edinburgh and Mrs Carol Harlow of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Numbers applying to attend the Workshop were higher than ever before and many applicants had to be turned away. In the event 78 law teachers from the universities and polytechnics attended, about half of whom stayed in Connaught Hall.

The Workshop was divided into four Themes:

Theme I considered Parliament, Government and the Economy
Theme II considered State Security, Emergency Powers and Civil Liberty
Theme III considered Constitutional Decision Making and the Judiciary
Theme IV considered Teaching of Constitutional Law

The Workshop was preceded on Monday evening 2nd July 1979 by a Special University Lecture given by Lord Scarman, the Chairman of the Institute's Committee of Management, on the subject: A Bill of Rights for the UK - Where do we go now? Over 120 law teachers and students attended.

Academic Convenors:

  • Professor A.W. Bradley (University of Edinburgh)
  • Mrs Carol Harlow (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Workshop Main Speakers:
Theme I - Parliament, Government and the Economy
Professor T.C. Daintith (University of Dundee)
Recent trends in the implementation of economic policy and their constitutional consequences
Mr M. Elliott (University of Warwick)
Legal and constitutional aspects of governmental budgets and expenditure
Miss G. Ganz (University of Southampton)
The National Enterprise Board, the development agencies and their relation to Parliament
Mr M.T. Ryle (Clerk of Select Committees, House of Commons) - presented by Mr John Rose
The House of Commons and economic management: control of influence
Mr C.C. Turpin (University of Cambridge)
Public contracts as an instrument of policy
 
Theme II - State Security, Emergency Powers and Civil Liberty
Professor K. Boyle (University College, Galway)
Emergency powers in the Irish jurisdictions
Colonel R. Evelegh
Peace keeping in a democratic society: the lessons of Northern Ireland
Dr J. Jaconelli (University of Manchester)
Emergency powers in the context of the incorporation into United Kingdom law of the European Convention of Human Rights
Mr Douwe Korff (Amnesty International)
Human rights and the criminal investigation process: pre-trial procedure and police powers in civil law and common law countries in Europe
Mr R.J. Spjut (University of Kent)
Prevention of terrorism and liberal democracy
 
Theme III - Constitutional Decision Making and the Judiciary
Dr G. Brinkmann (University of Edinburgh - Centre of European Governmental Studies)
The West German Federal Constitutional Court - political control through judges
Professor M.P. Chiti and Dr F. Ghelarducci (University of Pisa)
The Italian Constitutional Court
Professor J.A.G. Griffith (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Law, politics and religion
Mr R.J. Spjut (University of Kent)
Prevention of terrorism and liberal democracy
 
Theme IV - Teaching of Constitutional Law
Informal discussion introduced by Professor A.W. Bradley (University of Edinburgh)
 
1. The scope and divisions of the subject
2. Developments in undergraduate teaching: new methods, new materials, new ideas
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