Reforming the United Kingdom constitution: law, convention, soft law

Aileen McHarg

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Discusses issues of constitutional reform in the UK. Focuses on the role of "declared" conventions, to be viewed as influential rather than binding "soft law". Considers whether conventions can be "declared", looking at the nature of constitutional conventions as examples of constitutional soft law. Assesses the usefulness of using hard and soft law in the constitutional context, highlighting the three salient regulatory elements of standard-setting, compliance-monitoring, and enforcement provisions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-877
Number of pages25
JournalModern Law Review
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008


  • compliance
  • constitutional reform
  • enforcement
  • standards

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