Contemporary

The Constitution in Crisis 2016

In this lecture, Professor Denis Galligan sets out the principles of Britain's unwritten or uncodified constitution, and assesses the implications for the ongoing dispute over the respective roles of Parliament, the House of Lords, and the Courts in shaping the UK's post-Brexit future.

 

Modern Slavery and Migrant Domestic Workers: The Politics of Legal Characterization

This policy brief outlines the problem of addressing the long-standing exploitation of migrant domestic workers by using a modern slavery and trafficking approach which is embedded in the criminal law. It explains why migrant domestic workers who enter the UK on temporary visas are vulnerable to exploitation by their employers.

Judy Fudge argues that moves by the current government to close national borders to 'unskilled' migrants have backfired. Instead, she recommends a multipronged strategy designed to regulate the labour market, which includes:

  • the UK government’s ratification of the ILO's Domestic Workers Convention;
  • establishing a centralized and well-funded labour inspectorate; and
  • creating a firewall between immigration controls and the enforcement of labour rights. 

 

Beyond the Liberal Constitution: European Voices of Dissent and the Constitutional Consequences

Across Europe and the US, the people are demonstrating their discontent with the ideas and institutions at the foundations of contemporary Western societies. In this workshop, a roundtable of experts will examine these rising populist currents and the effects on national constitutions and that of the EU.