“Is Westminster Parliamentary Democracy Fit for Purpose in the Twenty-First Century?”
Stephen Gethins (MP, North East Fife)
Friday 4th October (4pm, School III)
ILCR Dicey Reading Group, session 1
A. V. Dicey, Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution
“Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Leader of the Commons, hit back at those who accused Boris Johnson of being undemocratic, reminding them Parliament’s duty was, in the words of the constitutional expert AV Dicey, to ‘give effect to the will … of the nation’ – which had chosen to leave the EU.”
(Front page, Daily Telegraph August 29th 2019, quoted from The Guardian “’Day democracy died’: what the papers say about proroguing parliament” (Kate Lyons, 29th August 2019)
This Semester, in the ongoing context of what has been described as a ‘Very British Constitutional Crisis’, we will be reading probably the most influential theorist of British parliamentary sovereignty: Albert Venn Dicey (1835-1922). Our set text will be Dicey’s Lectures Introductory to the Study of the Law of the Constitution (1st ed. 1885, with many subsequent editions).
Preferred edition for reading group: J.W.F. Allison, Lectures Introductory to the Study of the Law of the Constitution. A. V. Dicey. The Oxford Edition of Dicey. Volume I. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, paperback edition 2019.) All page refs below are to the 2019 paperback edition [and Allison’s “Editor’s Introduction to Volume One” is useful for orientation…].
Session 1, core reading: Lecture I, “The True Nature of Constitutional Law” (pages 9-25); Lecture II, “The Sovereignty of Parliament” (pages 27-49).
Plus ‘Prefaces’ to 1885 edition (pages 5-6); 1886 edition (page 217); 1889 edition (page 218); 1893 edition (page 289);1897 edition (page 299); 1902 edition (pages 327-8); 1908 edition (page 367); 1915 edition (page 415-6).]
Wednesday 25th September (5pm, Old Seminar Room, 71 South St.)
Law’s Two Bodies
Interview with Daniel Greenberg (Barrister Specialising in Legislation)
Thursday 19th September (2pm, lunch from 1.15pm, rm 9, 71 South St.)
“The Future of the Rule of Law: A Parliamentary Perspective”, Daniel Greenberg Lecture
Thursday 19th September (5.15pm, Old Class Library)
Global Fellow Seminar
“A Legal Perspective on the Scottish Protestant Reformation”
Mathis Schmoeckel (Bonn)
Tuesday 17th September (1pm, Old Class Library, 71 South St.)