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Cover Public Law

Mark Elliott and Robert Thomas

Public Law is an advanced text that comprehensively covers the key topics in the field of public law. The book presents an analysis of the law and institutions of public law, and places the legal issues within the wider socio-political context within which the constitution operates. Three key themes that permeate the content allow readers to approach the subject in a structured way. The key themes are the significance of executive power in the contemporary constitution and the challenge of ensuring that those who wield it are held to account, the shift in recent times from a political to a more legal constitution and the implications of this change, and the increasingly ‘multilayered’ character of the British constitution.


Cover Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Human Rights

21. Human Rights V: Governmental Powers of Arrest and Detention  

This chapter examines government powers of arrest and detention. Section I provides a three-part analysis of police powers to restrict an individual’s physical liberty under what we might regard as ‘ordinary’ laws. The first part of the chapter considers powers of ‘arrest’; the second section addresses powers of detention that arise consequent upon arrest but before the detained person has been charged with any offence; and the third considers situations in which a person can lawfully be detained without actually being arrested. Section II shifts the focus of the chapter to what we might consider to be ‘extraordinary’ laws, by describing and analysing the extent to which the constitution permits deprivation of liberty for ‘terrorist’ offences, specifically powers of arrest and detention which existed between 1945 to 1977, and then in the post-1977 era.


Cover Cases and Materials on Constitutional and Administrative Law

8. Devolution  

This chapter focuses on devolution. The nature of the asymmetrical devolution of legislative and executive power to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland is outlined, along with the position in England, with the ongoing change to these arrangements analysed. Some issues related to devolution which have been raised in the UK courts are then considered, with the chapter using a range of examples in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to discuss the extent to which the devolution settlement is dynamic and continuing to change. It concludes by exploring the impact of Brexit on devolution in particular.