Constitutional & Administrative Law


Constitutional and Administrative Law (or Public Law) is a dynamic and challenging area of law which has an impact on all of our lives. Whenever a government is elected, a new piece of legislation is passed or a citizen’s rights are abused, it is Public Law which provides the legal framework within which government and administration functions.


Hilaire Barnett’s respected and ever-popular textbook helps to provide students with an understanding of the constitution’s past, present and future by analysing and illustrating the political and socio-historical contexts which have shaped the constitution, the current major rules and principles of public law and on-going constitutional reform.


Contemporary developments covered include the increasing impact of the law of the European Union on domestic law, devolution to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, reform of the House of Lords, the continuing importance of the Human Rights Act 1998 and proposals for further constitutional reform. The chapters on Administrative Law have been extended to cover Tribunals and offer a more comprehensive examination of the grounds for judicial review.


Mapped to the common course outline and written to meet the needs of students undertaking the Constitutional and Administrative Law course, whether full- or part-time, undergraduate or postgraduate, this book offers full coverage of the syllabus drawn from a wide range of sources. Written in a clear and understandable style by an experienced author and examiner, Barnett remains up-to-date and authoritative – an invaluable resource for students of Public Law.


Key learning features include:

  • introductory chapter overviews outlining the topics and concepts covered;
  • short chapter summaries to distil and reflect upon the main points raised;
  • new marginal cross-references which help students to recognise connections across topics.
  • A brand new companion website has been developed to support the eighth edition with resources designed to emphasise the contemporary relevance and real-world contexts of Public Law for both lecturers and students.


8th Edition

1 in stock

Add to wishlist Remove from wishlist