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Public Law 3rd ed

ISBN13: 9780192857460
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780198852278
To be Published: June 2022
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £34.99

Fresh, modern, and practical, Public Law provides law undergraduates with a unique approach to constitutional and administrative law, aptly demonstrating why this is an exciting time to be studying the subject.

Writing in a fluid, succinct style, the authors carve a logical pathway through the key areas studied on the LLB, guiding students to a solid understanding of the fundamental principles. This theoretical grounding is then rooted in reality, with each concept applied to a hypothetical scenario (included at the start of each chapter) to set it into a practical context.

While this practical element helps students to understand how the law applies and develop problem-solving skills, a trio of supportive learning features also encourages active engagement with and a critical appreciation of public law. 'Key case' boxes highlight and analyse the significant case law in each area; 'Counterpoint' boxes flag alternative viewpoints and areas of debate; and 'Pause for reflection' boxes prompt readers to consider the impact of laws, and what potential developments and reforms may lie ahead.

Public Law's modern approach and unique combination of practical application and theoretically critical discussion makes it the ideal choice for students seeking to understand concepts not only in the abstract but in practice, helping them to develop the skills they need to succeed at university and beyond.

  • Combines clear, easy-to-follow explanations of the fundamental principles of public law with theoretically critical consideration of the key areas of debate
  • Thoroughly modern, the textbook takes account of the numerous recent developments in the subject area, seamlessly integrating coverage of the most recent developments into that of more traditional, orthodox concepts
  • Takes a fresh and distinctively practical approach, using convincing real life scenarios and learning features to engage students, setting the law into an everyday context, and to help them develop critical analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Perfectly-pitched for undergraduates: the book's contents and approach aligns neatly with that of the majority of public law courses, covering all the key areas but never over-simplifying
  • Provides thorough coverage of administrative law, considering access to and the three grounds for judicial review in discrete chapters
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this Edition:

  • Fully up-to-date coverage of the UK's departure from the European Union
  • Recent developments within central government are discussed, including coverage of events since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in 2019 and of how the government responded to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Expanded coverage of local government and of devolution (References by the Attorney General and the Advocate General for Scotland - United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill and European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill) Updated to include plans to abolish the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 with the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill
  • Discussion of recent case law challenging the lawfulness of the Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic (R (Dolan and others) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and another).
  • Discussion of the Independent Review of Administrative Law
  • Updated book structure to improve clarity and to offer clearer division of topics

Constitutional and Administrative Law
Part I: Constitutional Principles
1: The UK constitution
2: The institutions of government and the separation of powers
3: The rule of law
4: Parliamentary sovereignty: an overview
5: Parliamentary sovereignty, the European Union, and Brexit
Part II: Institutions and Governance
6: The Crown, the royal prerogative, and constitutional conventions
7: Central government
8: Parliament
9: Devolution
10: Localism and regionalism
Part III: Judicial Review of Administrative Action
11: Judicial review: access to review and remedies
12: Judicial review: illegality
13: Judicial review: unreasonableness and proportionality
14: Judicial review: procedural impropriety
Part IV: Administrative Justice
15: Tribunals
16: Ombudsmen
17: Public inquiries
Part V: Human Rights
18: The European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998
19: Human rights in the UK: public order and police powers