“Staying the course: managing challenges to UK energy policy”
Policy Exchange host a discuss on the scale and pace of change needed for the UK to achieve its future decarbonisation goals. read more
Governing Power: Improving the administration of the GB energy industry
Policy Exchange hosts a discussion on how our energy industry are markets are run. read more
Rethinking CO2: how can we put it to use?
Policy Exchange hosts the Rt Hon Lord Deben PC and others to discuss the potential of Carbon Capture and Use technologies. read more
Judicial Policy Project
Current proposals for Parliament to “take over the process” are based on fundamental misconceptions about the UK constitution, and that makes them both dangerous and wrong. This paper explains how.
This paper explains how Parliament and Government jointly could mitigate the risk that the backstop becomes a permanent feature of the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
The ongoing pursuit of historical allegations against UK forces represents a failure on the part of the British state to protect those it asks to serve.
Following the publication of Sir Noel Malcolm’s Human Rights and Political Wrongs, Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project has published five responses to his book by eminent legal and philosophical scholars. The short commentaries by Baroness O’Neill, Lord Phillips, John Finnis, John Tasioulas and Guglielmo Verdirame interrogate and complement Sir Noel’s work.
The Supreme Court has today used vague provisions in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights to disapply an Act of Parliament. This outcome is impossible under ordinary human rights law and confirms the danger the Charter poses to parliamentary democracy. The Court passed up the opportunity to consider limits on the Charter’s application and the case confirms the need to end the Charter’s place in domestic law after the UK leaves the EU.
The Head of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project, Professor Richard Ekins, gave evidence to the House of Common’s Brexit Select Committee alongside regular JPP contributor, Sir Stephen Laws, former First Parliamentary Counsel. Rebecca Lowe, Policy Exchange’s State & Society and Judicial Power Project (JPP) Fellow, reports on the hearing, which focused initially on the constitutional and legal aspects of the bill, before expanding to the Brexit process more widely, with questions ranging from the future role, if any, of the ECJ, to the provision that could be made for a ‘transition period’.
Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project submits evidence to Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry on the 20th anniversary of the Human Rights Act 1998Richard Ekins and Professor Graham Gee
Richard Ekins (University of Oxford and Head of the Judicial Power Project) and Graham Gee (University of Sheffield) have submitted written evidence to the inquiry by Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights on 20 Years of the Human Rights Act. Download our submission or read online via Parliament’s website.
On the first day back after Parliamentary recess, Policy Exchange’s proposal to update the Law of Treason was raised by two former ministers as the House of Lords debated the Government’s latest Counter Terrorism Bill.
Former Australian High Court judge Dyson Heydon’s paper for Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project, Does Political Criticism of Judges Damage Judicial Independence? was covered by Australian media. The Australian, the biggest selling national newspaper in the country, featured an extract from Heydon’s paper and endorsement from Attorney General Christian Porter and incoming High Commissioner in London George Brandis. The Australian Financial Review also covered the paper, referring to it as a ‘blistering critique’ of the Victoria Court of Appeal’s treatment of ministers who criticised them. You can read the original paper by Dyson Heydon here.
This event was held at Policy Exchange on Monday 28 November, and featured Rt Hon Lord Hope of Craighead, Rt Hon Lord Howard of Lympne, Charles Moore, Joshua Rosenberg, and Professor Graham Gee
This event took place at Policy Exchange on Wednesday 30 November, and featured Professor Timothy Endicott and the Rt Hon Lord Strathclyde CH
Policy Exchange hosts Dr Geoff Raby, former Australian Ambassador to China and to the World Trade Organisation, to discuss how a post-Brexit UK can negotiate trade deals around world.