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18:00 - 19:30 10 March 2014

Parliament's role in the use of military action after the Syria vote


Council room | Rubin Building (link Map)
29–30 Tavistock Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Professor Gavin Phillipson, Professor Gavin Phillipson has held a Chair in Law at the University of Durham since January 2007; he is also a qualified solicitor and has been a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. His research interests lie in the fields of European and UK human rights law, especially freedom of expression and in particular the interface of those fields with public law and constitutional and political theory. Particular areas of interest include: counter-terrorism law; ‘horizontal effect’ under the Human Rights Act; privacy, libel, hate speech and pornography; public protest and direct action; House of Lords reform.

Parliament's role in the use of military action After the Syria vote: the new constitutional convention & the next steps

This seminar addresses two linked questions: first, what is the constitutional significance of the dramatic House of Commons vote on military intervention in Syria last August - a vote which had the effect of reversing the UK Government's previous policy? Does it provide the decisive final piece of evidence that a new constitutional convention requiring the assent of the Commons before the use of armed force now exists? Second, should further steps now be taken to formalise and concretise the newly emerged, or emerging, convention by means of a parliamentary resolution?


Ben Webb
+44 (0)20 7679 4977 | constitution@ucl.ac.uk


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