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It refers generally to a democratically elected chamber with law-making powers. In English law, the Parliament has two parliamentary chambers. 2: critically examining the British constitution To what extent are the constitutional theories reﬂected in the practical workings of the British constitution? Are the three main powers really separated? On the face of it, there are three institutional powers and there are checks and balances between them: • Parliament acts as a check on the Government, through debates and by amending, delaying and sometimes even defeating Government proposals.
Could a boy under 16 who had admitted to the criminal offence of sexual intercourse with a girl under 16 argue that his human rights had been infringed because the law treated him as the ‘accused’ and the girl as the ‘victim’? ) These are the sorts of issues you might encounter, and discuss, as your legal studies progress. The American writer, Scott Turow, once quoted one of his lecturers at Harvard Law School as saying, ‘the law . . is so broad a reﬂection of the society, the culture, that it is ripe for the questions posed by any ﬁeld of inquiry: linguistics, philosophy, history, literary studies, sociology, economics, mathematics’.
Security through criminal activities, such as burglary Refers either to: and unlawful surveillance. However, this area is subject • Queen or King (monarch); or • Government (executive). to the developing legal framework of human rights law, following the passing of the Human Rights Act 1998 Both may exercise certain royal prerogative powers. (see pp 28–34 below), even though some of the rights What Crown powers does the monarch exercise? are limited to take into account the need for ‘national Powers of the Queen (or King) in Parliament • Open new Parliamentary sessions.