In the context of the far-reaching reforms proposed for the Appellate Committee House of Lords and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Building the UK's New Supreme Court considers the operation and reform of courts at the apex of the UK's legal systems. The chapters are linked by broad and overlapping themes. The first of these is the complexity of accommodating national differences within the UK into the institutional design of the new supreme court. It will be not only a court for the UK's three legal systems, and simultaneously a national institution of the whole UK, but it is also likely to be called upon to resolve division of powers disputes within the emerging system of multi-level government. A second theme is the scope for comparative lesson-learning from top courts in other legal systems: the Supreme Court of Canada, the US federal courts system, and the constitutional courts in Germany and Spain are considered. Thirdly, the connections between the UK's top-level court and other courts, especially intermediate courts of appeal, the European Court of Justice, and the European Court of Human Rights are examined.
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Author Biography - Andrew Le Sueur
Andrew Le Sueur read law at the London School of Economics and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1987. From 1988 to 2000 he taught in the Faculty of Laws, UCL before being appointed to the Barber Chair of Jurisprudence at The University of Birmingham in 2001. He is a visiting research fellow at UCL Constitution Unit.