Constitutional Conventions and the Prince of Wales
Modern Law Review (Forthcoming)
Posted: 30 May 2013
Date Written: May 29, 2013
The Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) held in Evans v Information Commissioner that certain correspondence between Prince Charles and government officials must be disclosed under freedom of information legislation. Much of the judgment was devoted to a discussion of the constitutional conventions applicable to Prince Charles, and the case provides a useful example of how conventions and laws can interact. In this note, I argue that the Upper Tribunal misunderstood how conventions are distinguished from one another, and misapplied the test for the identification of conventions.
Keywords: Constitutional conventions, Prince of Wales, freedom of information, norms
JEL Classification: K00
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