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The House of Lords Constitution Committee is inviting applications for the vacant post of one of its two legal advisers. The role is part-time, remunerated by a daily fee. The successful candidate will demonstrate a well-established expertise in the fields of public law generally and constitutional... Read more
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Constitutional experts have raised concerns over the division of responsibilities between the UK and Scottish Governments, following the publication of draft legislation on greater devolution to Scotland. Academics have suggested that the draft legislation raises more questions than it answers in se... Read more
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Article in The Herald, 23 January 2015 DRAFT legislation designed to significantly strengthen the Scottish Parliament will need to be carefully scrutinised to ensure proposed laws work in practice, it has been warned. The Centre for Constitutional Change, a collection of academics looking at further... Read more
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Today sees the announcement of the draft legislative clauses, widely trailed in the media, resulting from the Smitth Commission. We should know the details of the government's proposals by around half past ten and, if the media reports are to be believed, the Prime Minister's thoughts on the subject... Read more
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The University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint two Postdoctoral Research Fellows to work in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies on a project entitled "Engineering life: ideas, practices and promises" (http://www.stis.ed.ac.uk/research/research_projects/current_projects/engineering_life) funded... Read more
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Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory at Edinburgh Law School and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law, has been appointed Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. In light of the Smith Commission recommendations of greater powers for... Read more
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The House of Lords Constitution Committee will take evidence from leading constitutional academics Professor Alan Trench, Professor Richard Wyn Jones, Professor Nicola McEwen and Professor Alan Page. This session forms part of the Committee's new inquiry, which follows the publication of the Smith... Read more
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Research shows that English voters prefer the option of English Votes for English Laws (EVEL), widely believed to be the frontrunner in the government’s consideration of the West Lothian Question. Forty percent1 of English voters opted for giving English MPs an exclusive say at Westminster over legi... Read more
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As Scotland and the UK come to terms with the events of the night of 18 September, the focus of this site will adapt to the new questions posed by the constitutional chain reaction sparked by the referendum. In addition to publishing research on Scottish devolution in the wake of the Smith Commissio... Read more
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The Scottish referendum in 2014 will ask people one question - whether they think Scotland should be an independent country. Yet many surveys and polls suggest that another option – significantlyextending the powers of the Scottish Parliament – might be better able than independence to attract suppo... Read more
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  • 17th September 2018

    The upcoming New Caledonian independence referendum on the 4th of November 2018 is the outcome of a 30 years-long process of gradual decolonisation. Dr Alexandra Remond examines the prospects.

  • 14th September 2018

    For Ireland, the Brexit discussion has focused heavily on the Irish issue. This has meant an unrelenting emphasis on securing a Brexit deal which ensures no border on the island of Ireland, and achieving a backstop provision which guarantees this scenario. The expectation is that this will be achieved in the context of the Withdrawal Agreement, and before the transition phase begins. Dr Mary C Murphy looks at what the Brexit transition period means for Ireland, North and South.

  • 13th September 2018

    In her third blog on international trade issues and Brexit, Dr Kristen Hopewell looks at the high-tech US-Canada border amid claims that it offers a template to ensure a "frictionless" border in Ireland.

  • 7th September 2018

    In the second of her blogs focusing on international trade issues, Dr Kristen Hopewell looks at some of the difficulties that the UK might face as it seeks to negotiate new bilateral agreements

  • 6th September 2018

    With little more than six months to go before the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, the position of Scotland vis-à-vis the EU is not much clearer than it was in the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum more than two years ago. Dr Tobias Lock looks at what has Brexit meant for Scotland so far and what developments can we expect?

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