Introduction to the Study of the Law and the Constitution by A.V. Dicey

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A year after the publication of Dicey’s Law of the Constitution, William Gladstone was reading it aloud in the House of Commons, citing it as authority. It remains, to this day, a starting point for the study of the English Constitution and comparative constitutional law.

Dr Veronika Fikfak, Lecturer and Fellow in Law, University of Cambridge: “It is a measure of A.V. Dicey’s continuing influence that more than 132 years after the first publication of his The Law of the Constitution, the relevance of his writing is at the core of the UK’s departure from the European Union. Whilst students and scholars have read Dicey for more than a century as a basic constitutional text, the general public will have become familiar with his arguments on parliamentary sovereignty and the primacy of Parliament only recently, in the Miller case on Brexit.”

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