Geoffrey Marshall 1929–2003

Vernon Bogdanor and Robert S. Summers

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 130, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, IV

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263501
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734212 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Geoffrey Marshall 1929–2003

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Geoffrey Marshall (1929–2003), a Fellow of the British Academy, was regarded by many as the greatest constitutional theorist Britain has seen since Albert Venn Dicey. He brought to the study of politics and the law the tools of analytical philosophy and jurisprudence developed at the University of Oxford, and showed that they could yield insights of permanent value in the analysis of the British constitution. He was born in Chesterfield, just before the advent to power of Ramsay MacDonald’s second Labour government. Marshall believed that there was a gap between the jurisdiction of the courts and that of Parliament, a gap within which the powers of ministers had grown unchecked, as had a host of administrative bodies created by statute. This gap, he argued, should be filled by the creation of an Ombudsman and the development of administrative law. Marshall was also a strong supporter of a Bill of Rights for Britain.

Keywords: Geoffrey Marshall; Britain; constitution; Albert Venn Dicey; University of Oxford; politics; jurisprudence; Parliament; law

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Subjects: Theory, Methods, and Historiography

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