Dr Christina Lienen publishes book on common law constitutional rights

26 Apr 2023

Dr Christina Lienen, Associate Member of Chambers, has published a new book, Shaped by the Nuanced Constitution: A Critique of Common Law Constitutional Rights.

The monograph, which is published by leading publisher Hart Publishing (Bloomsbury), analyses significant recent public law judgments, including R (Miller) v Prime Minister, R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers and R (Begum) v Special Immigration Appeals Commission.

It argues that neither common law constitutionalism nor political constitutionalism adequately captures the nature of public law litigation because neither is fully able to account for the co-existence and interplay between parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law. Advancing the idea of a ‘nuanced’ constitution instead, the book provides an in-depth analysis of common law constitutional rights, looking at their history, conceptual foundations, contemporary characteristics, coverage and resilience.

The book is available as an e-book and in hardback via the publisher’s website.