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    Constitutional law and empire in interwar Britain: universities, liberty, nationality and parliamentary supremacy


    Coffey, Donal (2020) Constitutional law and empire in interwar Britain: universities, liberty, nationality and parliamentary supremacy. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 71 (2). pp. 193-209. ISSN 0029-3105

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    Abstract

    This article examines the influence of imperial law, law outside the UK but within the British Empire, on the development of British constitutional law in the interwar period. It first looks at public law within the universities. Four foundational textbooks in British public law are then analysed to assess the extent to which the academic exposition of constitutional law was influenced by imperial law. The influence of imperial law on the areas of liberty/habeas corpus and citizenship is then considered. The article concludes by re-examining the doctrine of parliamentary supremacy and argues that Dicey accepted a variant of the ‘manner and form’ objection in the final edition of his textbook completed before his death.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Donal K. Coffey, Constitutional Law and Empire in Interwar Britain: Universities, Liberty, Nationality and Parliamentary Supremacy, 71 N. IR. LEGAL Q. 193 (2020).
    Keywords: imperial history; constitutional law; constitutional history; legal history; British history;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 15626
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.53386/nilq.v71i2.316
    Depositing User: Donal Coffey
    Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 16:10
    Journal or Publication Title: Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly
    Publisher: School of Law, Queen's University Belfast
    Refereed: Yes
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