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The Sovereignty of Law: Freedom, Constitution and Common Law

T.R.S. Allan


This book presents the author's most recent defence of common law constitutionalism — an account of the unwritten or non-codified constitution as a complex articulation of legal and moral principles, defining what in the British context are the requirements of the rule of law. The British constitution is conceived as a coherent set of fundamental principles of the rule of law, legislative supremacy, and separation of powers. These principles combine to provide an overarching unity of legality, legitimacy, and democracy, reconciling political authority and individual freedom or autonomy. Emphas ... More

Keywords: constitutionalism, common law, rule of law, legality, legitimacy, legislative supremacy, separation of powers, democracy, equality, judicial review

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199685066
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685066.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T.R.S. Allan, author
Professor of Jurisprudence and Public Law, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge