The ‘Constitution’ as a Statutory Term: Another Step towards a Legal Constitution
University of Oxford - Faculty of Law
October 1, 2012
Law Quarterly Review (2014, Forthcoming)
There are at least fifteen statutes which use the term 'constitution' or its cognates to refer to the constitution of the United Kingdom (or that of England or Scotland, before the political union of these countries). Of these fifteen pieces of legislation, two date back to the 17th century, one was enacted in the 18th century, another in the 19th century, and one more between 1900 and 1995. In the seventeen years since 1996, at least ten statutes making explicit references to the British constitution have entered the statute books. In this article, I categorise these statutory references to the British constitution, and point to some important legal and constitutional implications of such references.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: Political Constitution, Henry VIII powers, Constitutional Statutes, Constitutional SignificanceAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: October 1, 2012 ; Last revised: April 21, 2013
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