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Parliamentary Sovereignty in the Empire and Commonwealth: Dicey’s Dominions and Dogmas

PETER C. OLIVER

in The Constitution of Independence

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780198268956
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191713200 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268956.003.0003
Parliamentary Sovereignty in the Empire and Commonwealth: Dicey’s Dominions and Dogmas

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This chapter sets out the orthodox view of parliamentary sovereignty associated principally with A. V. Dicey: that parliament – and therefore the Imperial Parliament – can make any law whatsoever, and that no institution can challenge Parliament's ability to do so. So long as local courts and local populations were willing to accept this principle, the Westminster Parliament could act as a constituent assembly for the Empire.

Keywords: Dicey; Bryce; Keith; Vauxhall; Ellen Street; British Coal Corporation; Trethowan

Chapter.  11303 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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