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Legal and Constitutional Policy

Lead Writers: Zoe Adams, Francois Vanherck Writers: Shani Wijetilaka, Maximilian Campbell, Joshua Richman, Jack LeGresley Editor: Umang Khandelwal The House of Lords is suffering from an identity crisis. This is as much due to short sighted reform efforts as it is to issues of legitimacy. Reform needs to be seen as a priority, conceived as part of a normative vision of the role that the House of Lords could, and should play in the context of the modern British constitution. It is time to recognise that the House of Lords can make a meaningful contribution to our democracy, and defend it against the...

Written by Ewan Lusty Formatted by Brendan Tan Corruption is increasingly on the UK policy-making agenda. In December 2014 the Government published a comprehensive Anti-Corruption Plan, consisting of 66 points for further action in addressing corruption, acting on repeated warnings from journalists, academics, and NGOs about the threat corruption poses in the UK and the need for an active policy response. Although this plan is wide-ranging in its scope and ambition, further thought and discussion is necessary to determine the exact shape of this action. This paper proposes an online service that will act as both an easily accessible reporting mechanism and an...

The prison population currently stands at around 84,000. This constitutes a 100% increase on the 1993 prison population. During this time the rate of reoffending has remained stubbornly high, with about 50% of offenders  reoffending within a year of release from prison. The reoffending rate has remained consistent despite  a range of initiatives and policies aimed at tackling this problem. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Prison-Reform.pdf"]...

A paper based on data kindly provided by our Partners at YouGov-Cambridge. Reviewed at a seminar with Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda and former Minister for Europe, and Symon Hill, Associate Director of Ekklesia Think Tank. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Sexuality_and_Discrimination_in_the_United_Kingdom.pdf" save="1"]...

This paper examines the English legal profession as it stands, as well as assessing the major proposals for reform. The paper also analyses recent changes to the legal profession and their potential impact, including the LSA 2007 and the role of ABS models. The paper's proposals include that the legal education system in England and Wales should have a common starting point for both barristers and solicitors, similar to the Hong Kong model; that a merger of the professional regulatory bodies would be unworkable in the short term; and that while the two professions of barrister and solicitor should not be...

TWS was invited to submit its views to the government’s independent Commission on a Bill of Rights’ public consultation. In response, a seven person committee was formed under John Kwan, TWS’s Head of Legal Policy, and worked to produce a substantial 50 page report. The paper proposes that a new Bill of Rights should recognize and legislate for new rights — to Internet access, to education and healthcare, and for victims of crime. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/TWS_-_A_UK_Bill_of_Rights.pdf" save="1"]...

This proposal sets out to address the inequalities of the unfinished project of devolution in Britain. It advocates the creation of a devolved English Parliament, modelled on the Scottish Parliament. The paper was discussed with the counsel of Prof Andrew Gamble, Head of POLIS, Cambridge. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/A-Devolved-English-Parliament-Justin-Kempley.pdf" save="1"]...

The UK should recognise a right to Internet access which reflects public opinion within the country and beyond. This will put the UK in a strong position in any future discussion on a European-wide or even international Convention on the recognition of such right, which seems inevitable. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/INTERNET-ACCESS-AS-A-FUNDAMENTAL-RIGHT.pdf" save="1"]...

A presentation of the case for the adoption of a UK written constitution, after society-wide consultation, to entrench fundamental human rights and to clarify constitutional arrangement regarding the roles of different branches of government and parliament, and to vest the power to interpret the constitution in the judiciary. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/A-WRITTEN-CONSTITUTION-FOR-THE-UNITED-KINGDOM.pdf" save="1"]...