Constitutional Conventions and the Prince of Wales

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Adam Perry

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

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Date Written: November 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

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Perry, Adam, Constitutional Conventions and the Prince of Wales (November 2013). The Modern Law Review, Vol. 76, Issue 6, pp. 1119-1128, 2013, Available at SSRN: or

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