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Explain the history and origins of the UK constitutional system. (AC 1.3)

  • Module Name LAW404: Public Law
  • Assignment Name LAW403: Public Law Assignment
  • Level: Level 4 Extended Diploma in Law
  • Credits: 30

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Assignment Question

Assignment - Total word count - 2,000 words

You are required to discuss the following issues in relation to public law in the UK.

Task 1 - 1,000 words

Discuss the extent to which there is a constitution and separation of powers in the UK. In your answer, you must:

● Explain the history and origins of the UK constitutional system. (AC 1.3)

● Assess the role of the UK constitution. (AC 1.1)

● Evaluate the characteristics of the UK constitutional system. (AC 1.2)

● Explain the distinct roles of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. (AC 2.1)

● Assess the significance of the separation of powers’ principle. (AC 2.3)

Task 2 - 1,000 words

Discuss the creation of legislation and the rules, structures and procedures that relate to parliament and the legislature in relation to UK law. In your answer, you must:

● Illustrate the passage of an Act of Parliament. (AC 4.1)

● Explain the meaning of the ‘royal prerogative’. (AC 3.2)

● Assess the limits of parliamentary sovereignty. (AC 3.3)

● Evaluate reforms to the judicial appointment system. (AC 2.2)

● Illustrate the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the ‘rule of law’. (AC 3.1)

● Explain the structure of the devolved powers in the UK. (AC 4.2)

● Appraise the extent of devolved powers of the Scottish Parliaments, Welsh Assembly and the Executive Committee of Northern Ireland. (AC 4.3)

● Appraise the scope and limitations of judicial review. (AC 5.1)

● Evaluate the procedural steps of judicial review. (AC 5.2)

● Distinguish between substantive breaches and procedural impropriety. (AC 5.3)

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