21 NOVEMBER 2019 // The 2019 Lord Renton lecture was given by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd PC, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales // “Thinking policy through before legislating – aspirational legislation”
There have been several recent occasions when policy has not been thought through before legislation is enacted. There is pressure to enact legislation that requires governmental decision-making to take account of future aspirational goals and to adopt aspirational ways of working. But it is necessary to think through the implications of enacting such legislation. Are these appropriate subjects for legislation? If so, can the legislation be drafted to make clear what should be done to achieve the aspirations set out? If such legislation is intended to be enforceable, what is the appropriate mechanism? Do courts/tribunals have a role and, if so, what should be the composition of the court/tribunal? If such legislation is not intended to be enforceable, what are the implications for the rule of law of enacting such legislation? Read the text of this lecture.
10 JULY 2019 // The Right Hon Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill CVO, Justice of the Supreme Court
“The Journey to Fiscal Enlightenment – some personal thoughts on the interpretation of taxing statutes”
10 MAY 2019 // CONFERENCE: IMPLICATIONS OF BREXIT FOR THE STATUTE BOOK // Conference Chair: The Hon Mr Justice Garnham, Chairman of the Statute Law Society // Introduction: The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP
Ian Forrester QC, Judge at the General Court of the European Union
Brexit, the UK and EU Law in any Event
Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Law, University of Cambridge
Constitutional Legislation and Fundamental Rights after Brexit
Professor Aileen McHarg, Professor of Public Law, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Legislating for Brexit in Scotland at Westminster and Holyrood
Chaired by Denis Edwards
Panellists: Sir Stephen Laws KCB QC, Professor Aileen McHarg, Professor Catherine Barnard, Ian Forrester QC,
Brexit and Parliament: What have we learned?