Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Remember the UK's supreme court?

Separation of powers came late to the UK and many people were opposed to it. Here's a reminder of the limited mandate of the Supreme Court.

MPs win surveillance powers legal challenge
Two MPs have won a High Court battle over laws which they say allow the police and security services to "spy on citizens" without proper safeguards…

David Davis and Tom Watson argued the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act was incompatible with human rights.

It was fast-tracked through Parliament last July, allowing security agencies to gather phone and internet data.

Two High Court judges have now found that the act is "inconsistent with EU law"…

Mr Davis, a former Conservative minister and Mr Watson, a civil liberties campaigner who is standing to be Labour's deputy leader, brought the case in conjunction with campaign group Liberty.

The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act permits Britain's security agencies and some other public bodies to gather information about who suspects contact by telephone or email…

The High Court… has now ruled that aspects of the bill are unlawful because they are in breach of Article 7 and 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and should be "disapplied"…

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