Professor Mark Elliott

Professor Mark Elliott

Mark is Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, Legal Adviser to the Lords Select Committee on the Constitution, and co-author of Public Law (OUP 2014).

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The general election and the constitution

Can the British constitution provide a suitably stable platform for a minority government in choppy political waters? Mark Elliott analyses the implications of the 2017 election

27 June 2017

The general election and the constitution

With government in the choppiest of political waters, can the British constitution provide a suitably stable platform? Mark Elliott analyses the implications of the general election

That the general election was – ostensibly if spuriously – called in order to facilitate ‘strong and stable’ government is well known. So too is the fact that the plan backfired in spectacular fashion. There are rich seams to be tapped here both by contemporary political commentators and, in due course, historians of ill-judged election campaigns. But what might the lessons and implications of the 2017 general election be from a constitutional perspective? In particular, are recent events evidence of – or likely to precipitate – not just political, but constitutional, instability?

14 June 2017

Miller and the modern British Constitution

Miller reveals the malleability of the parliamentary sovereignty doctrine, argues Professor Mark Elliott in his examination of the many tensions which lie at the heart of the majority judgment

There are few aspects of the modern British constitution that the Supreme Court’s judgment in Miller does not at least engage (R (on the application of Miller and Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and associated references [2017] UKSC 5). 

31 January 2017
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