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Public Law (4th edn)

Mark Elliott and Robert Thomas
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date: 01 December 2023

p. 503. Themes, Sources, and Principleslocked

p. 503. Themes, Sources, and Principleslocked

  • Mark ElliottMark ElliottProfessor of Public Law, University of Cambridge
  •  and Robert ThomasRobert ThomasProfessor of Public Law, University of Manchester


This chapter discusses the UK’s constitutional arrangements, and in particular, four important issues concerning the UK constitution, of which it is necessary to be aware at the outset. First, it sets out the three key themes that emerge from the study of contemporary UK public law, and second, examines the sources of the UK constitution. Third, the chapter addresses a number of principles that occupy a central role in UK public law, before finally considering whether the UK should adopt a written, or codified, constitution.

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