PLP's Resources Library is an online database holding PLP's guides, conference papers, published research and reports, recorded presentations, policy responses, and many other items.  You can search the items by clicking a category or a tag on the left, or using the search function.  Please note the content from conferences, such as papers and audio, are provided for public law practitioners. Public law is a very fast-moving area and some of the information will be out of date or overtaken by events. PLP accept no responsibility for the contents of these items.



Resources tagged with "Public Law"

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    Investigating the Investigators

    June 24 2016 | Conference papers | By Heather Williams QC

    This paper considers the opportunities for legal redress under the Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA”) where police fail to carry out their investigative responsibilities. The main focus is on the claims available to victims of serious crimes against the person. However, I also examine briefly the position of those accused of crimes who experience delay in their exoneration as a result of incompetent investigation.

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    Investigating the NHS and Defending Patient Safety

    June 24 2016 | Conference papers | By Jesse Nicholls

    Mid-Staffordshire, Morecambe Bay, Winterbourne View, Southern Health. Sadly the NHS is far from immune from preventable deaths, individual and systemic abuse, and deficient investigations into its own failings. The need for effective systems that will prevent death and serious harm, protective duties that require staff to take operational measures to protect those in their care, and robust, searching investigations into deaths and incidents of mistreatment are needed in healthcare and clinical settings now more than ever.



    May 12 2016 | Conference papers | By Adam Straw

    The “duty” on the State to conduct an investigation into events of significant public concern or interest is not in fact a single duty, but incorporates some duties, and a wide range of powers, derived from common law, statutory and international law sources, which can often overlap in the same case. This is one of two papers by Henrietta Hill QC and Adam Straw presented as part of PLP's 'By Public Demand: Inquiries, Investigations and the Law confercne in April 2016.

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    Lions under the Throne

    December 2 2015 | Research | By Stephen Sedley

    Sir Stephen Sedley and Cambridge University Press (CUP) have allowed us to publish the introduction to Lions under the Throne, Essays on the History of English Public Law. The first part of this chapter sketches the early growth of English public law. The second part tries to describe what it was like to be involved in the modern take-off of public law as it roused itself from its long sleep.

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    Why Henry VIII Clauses Should be Consigned to the Dustbin of History

    November 6 2015 | Audio files | By Richard Gordon QC

    Henry VIII clauses by which Acts of Parliament may be changed by delegated legislation are a constitutional anomaly. They are derived from a time when the Crown exercised absolute power.
    In the modern age they have the potential to subvert the sovereignty of parliament and substitute executive tyranny.

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    Article 14: Discrimination in State Benefit Cases

    November 6 2015 | Conference papers | By Jamie Burton

    There are no enforceable economic, social or cultural rights in the UK. Although the UK has ratified ICESCR it has not been incorporated into domestic law and the ECHR is of course primarily concerned with civil and political rights. Therefore it is generally uncontroversial that there are no rights to state benefits or social security in the UK. The attempts that have been made to infer such rights under ECHR have largely failed.