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  1. General Reading 24 items
    1. Core Text 1 item
      1. Complete Public Law: Text, Cases, and Materials - Lisa Webley, Harriet Samuels 2018

        Book Suggested for Student Purchase You should purchase the textbook if possible, but there are many copies in the library if you are unable to do so

    2. Futher Textbooks 5 items
      The following texts are also recommended. These offer different approaches and depth and will be useful to supplement your core reading, especially for your coursework and revision. It is important that the book you choose is up-to-date, sufficiently detailed and that you find the approach taken by the authors’ helpful and informative.
      1. Public Law - John Stanton, Craig Prescott 2018

        Book Recommended

      2. Constitutional and Administrative Law - John Alder, Keith Syrett 2017

        Book Recommended

      3. Public Law - Mark Elliott, Robert Thomas 2017

        Book Recommended

      4. Public Law: Text, Cases, and Materials - A. P. Le Sueur, Maurice Sunkin, Jo Eric Murkens 2016

        Book Recommended

    3. Journals 7 items
      The following journals are particularly useful for the course. They can be accessed either via Royal Holloway Library, via Metalib or (in some cases) via the London School of Economics Library.
    4. Websites 11 items
      There is an enormous amount of information on the internet, which can be invaluable in giving you up to date information, statistics and breaking news. However, the internet must always be used with care. Do ensure that any information you use from websites comes from an official and reliable source. Bear in mind that anyone can set up a website on the internet, and sites such as Wikipedia are built up by the individuals who choose to post on it. There have been notable cases of inaccuracy and misreporting on websites. For this reason, only use sites that you feel confident are reliable (such as government websites). You must also be aware that you can commit plagiarism from a website in just the same way as from a textbook – always cite your sources, whether text or web-based.
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        In addition, public law is, perhaps more than most, a course where you will gain more satisfaction and understanding if you keep an eye on the news. We recommend you regularly read or watch a reputable news source, e.g. the BBC, Channel 4 News, or The Times and Guardian newspapers.

  2. SEMINAR 1 – INTRODUCING CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 7 items
    1. Key Reading 2 items
      1. Read also the 'Constitutional Law Extracts for Seminar 1' document on Moodle.

    2. Further Reading 3 items
      1. Underlying Politcal Traditions - John Alder, Keith Syrett 2017

        Chapter Further

      2. Themes, Sources, and Principles - Mark Elliott, Robert Thomas 2017

        Chapter Further

    3. Generally speaking, please feel free to look at any of the textbooks suggested in the unit guide for further reading, whether you want to learn more or whether you are struggling to understand or get sufficient information from the key readings.

    4. Please refer to the unit guide for a (non-exhaustive) list of further useful sources, which will help you with seminar and coursework preparation, and exam revision.

  3. SEMINAR 2 – THEMES OF THE UK CONSTITUTION 13 items
    1. Key Readings 5 items
    2. Further Reading 7 items
      1. Constitutional Statutes - Farrah Ahmed, Adam Perry 2016

        Article Further

      2. What Is a Political Constitution? - G. Gee, G. C. N. Webber 2010

        Article Further

    3. Please refer to pages 5 and 6 of the unit guide hand-out for a (non-exhaustive) list of further useful sources, which will help you with seminar and coursework preparation, and exam revision.

  4. SEMINAR 3 – PARLIAMENTARY SOVEREIGNTY 6 items
    1. Key Reading 2 items
      1. Parliamentary Supremacy: The Theory - Lisa Webley, Harriet Samuels 2015

        Chapter Essential

    2. Further Reading 4 items
  5. SEMINAR 5 – PREROGATIVE POWERS 6 items
    1. Key Reading 3 items
      1. The Crown Royal Perogative - Lisa Webley, Harriet Samuels 2015

        Chapter Essential

    2. Further Reading 3 items
  6. SEMINAR 6 – CONVENTIONS 7 items
    1. Key Reading 3 items
      1. The Role of Constitutional Conventions - Lisa Webley, Harriet Samuels 2015

        Chapter Essential

    2. Further Reading 4 items
  7. SEMINAR 7 – THE ECHR AND THE UK 6 items
    1. Key Reading 3 items
      1. Human Rights - Lisa Webley, Harriet Samuels 2015

        Chapter Essential

      2. R (Chester) v Secretary of State for Justice [2013] UKSC 63

        Legal Case Document Essential especially and at the very least paragraphs 25-35.

    2. Further Reading 3 items
      1. Human Rights II: Emergent Principles - Ian Loveland 2015

        Chapter Further Chapter 19

      2. Context, Background, and Institutions - Bernadette Rainey, Elizabeth Wicks, Clare Ovey 2014

        Chapter Further

  8. SEMINAR 8 – THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT 1998 7 items
    1. Key Reading 3 items
      1. Human Rights - Lisa Webley, Harriet Samuels 2015

        Chapter Essential

    2. Further Reading 4 items
  9. SEMINAR 9 – THE RULE OF LAW AND THE LEGAL CONSTITUTION 11 items
    1. Key Reading 5 items
      1. The Rule of Law - Lisa Webley, Harriet Samuels 2015

        Chapter Essential

      2. Parliamentary Sovereignty Under the New Constitutional Hypothesis - Jeffrey Jowell 2006

        Article Essential I also recommend that you are familiar with the case itself: R (Jackson) v Attorney General [2005] UKHL 56.

      3. R (Evans) v Attorney General [2015] UKSC 21

        Legal Case Document Essential [49]-[69], [154], [168]

    2. Further Reading 6 items
      1. The Rule of Law - T. H. Bingham 2011

        Book Further

      2. The Rule of Law - John Alder, Keith Syrett 2017

        Chapter Further

      3. Homogenizing Constitutions - Jeffrey Goldsworthy 2003

        Article Further

      4. Law, Politics, and the United Kingdom Constitution - Roger Masterman, Colin Murray 2013

        Chapter Further Chapter 4

      5. Law, Politics, and the United Kingdom Constitution - Roger Masterman, Colin Murray 2003

        Chapter Further Chapter 4

  10. SEMINAR 10 – THE EU AND BREXIT 1 item
    1. During this seminar you will be given a mock constitutional law exam question and will be asked to answer it under examination conditions.

       

       

      We will mark your answer and return it as soon as is practicable. A model answer will also be provided during the feedback phase.

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