• Relationship of the Legislative and Executive Branches
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    Relationship of the Legislative and Executive Branches

    BRIAN COSTAR: The term accountable government is in a sense a relatively modern version of the old term responsible government which again is a feature of our system. It means that the executive arm of government, the cabinet if you want to call it that, is located within the legislature, the parliament that is, nobody can be a minister of the Crown unless they are a member of parliament, quite unlike the American system where they are not allowed to be members of congress. The responsibility part, the idea there was is that a particular ministry continued in office because it enjoyed the confidence of at least the Lower House…

  • Brexit & The Constitution: SOVEREIGN PARLIAMENT trumped by SOVEREIGN PEOPLE:  Prof. Vernon Bogdanor
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    Brexit & The Constitution: SOVEREIGN PARLIAMENT trumped by SOVEREIGN PEOPLE: Prof. Vernon Bogdanor

    At a seminar at my institution, King’s College London, a recent seminar, the professor of European law, Takis Tridimas, declared that this referendum in 2016 was the most significant constitutional event in Britain since the Reformation of 1660. And he said this because the referendum showed — or perhaps confirmed — that on the issue of Europe, the sovereignty of the people trumped the sovereignty of Parliament; and brexit is coming about despite the fact that the vast majority of MPs supported remain, a majority of the cabinet including the Prime Minister supported remain, and a large majority in the House of Lords support remain. So brexit is coming about…

  • President Obama Addresses the British Parliament
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    President Obama Addresses the British Parliament

    Speaker: Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, history is more than the path left by the past. It influences the present and can shape the future. We meet today in Westminster Hall, a building begun 900 years ago when the Vikings were visiting the shores of what would become the United States, even if it was Columbus who would subsequently demonstrate the politician’s art of arriving late, but claiming all the credit. (laughter) This hall has witnessed grim trials in the sentencing to death of a king, coronation banquets, ceremonial addresses, and the coffins of those receiving the last respects of our people. Few places reach so far into the heart…

  • Orientierungskurs: Legislative (2) – Bundesparlamente und Landesparlamente  (Mit Jassin und Jasmin)
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    Orientierungskurs: Legislative (2) – Bundesparlamente und Landesparlamente (Mit Jassin und Jasmin)

    What is the legislation (the parliament)? Alright, Jassin. Listen. Germany has got three powers. One power is the legislation (the parliament) the power that legislate And what is the legislation? The legislation is the… …parliament of Germany What is a parliament? A parliament…. …is something similar like a very big classroom. In a classroom…. …students receive tasks. They have to solve problems. Find a solution for a problem. They discuss (issues). With their partner. And together in a group. There are various ideas… …interests and opinions. At the end the students are supposed to… …present their results / answers. In a…. parliament …don´t sit students. Where does sit there? Wait.…

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    Brexit & The Constitution: SOVEREIGN PARLIAMENT trumped by SOVEREIGN PEOPLE: Prof. Vernon Bogdanor

    At a seminar at my institution, King’s College London, a recent seminar, the professor of European law, Takis Tridimas, declared that this referendum in 2016 was the most significant constitutional event in Britain since the Reformation of 1660. And he said this because the referendum showed — or perhaps confirmed — that on the issue of Europe, the sovereignty of the people trumped the sovereignty of Parliament; and brexit is coming about despite the fact that the vast majority of MPs supported remain, a majority of the cabinet including the Prime Minister supported remain, and a large majority in the House of Lords support remain. So brexit is coming about…

  • The Constitution of Judea (103-6 BCE)
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    The Constitution of Judea (103-6 BCE)

    Between 167 and 103 BCE, Judea transformed from a persecuted backwater on the edge of the Seleucid Empire to a fully independent expansionist Kingdom, the first Jewish Kingdom since the destruction of the First Temple nearly five centuries earlier. As a result, a general understanding of Judean administration is key to understanding the era that followed. It is important to note that the Judean government was not static. Many of the practices and institutions described in this video date as far back as the Davidic Period. Others continued for centuries after the Roman conquests. And all of them underwent at least some constitutional changes over time. This video will explain…

  • The Common Law Part I: What is Common Law and What Role Did it Play in England? [No. 86]
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    The Common Law Part I: What is Common Law and What Role Did it Play in England? [No. 86]

    The common law is a body of laws and authorities among the judicial branch that was kind of a common heirloom that the people of America brought with them when they began to set up their colonial governments. And, of course, aspects of the common law then informed so many aspects of the daily lives of the colonists, from tort, to contract, to property, to real estate, to ordinary criminal law, protections of defendants who are faced with accusations of crime. A large body of judge-made law that came from England. Now under the common law, even if these rules and regulations were developed by the courts, they were always…

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    Views sought on proposed e-Cigarette and patient safety legislation

    Nicotine vapour products such as e-Cigarettes or vaporisers – as they’re also known – have become increasingly popular …and now there are plans in a bill being scrutinized by the Scottish Parliament to restrict them, similar to what’s been done with conventional cigarettes over the years. I think they should be regulated. Em because you’re still inhaling things that could be toxic. Em, and if they’re not regulated people might not know the health risks. I just think it’s people’s own choices, you know, if they know what an ecigarette is, it’s their choice whether they choose to take them or no. An eCigarette is meant to be a way…

  • Abortion Legislation Committee | NZ Parliament
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    Abortion Legislation Committee | NZ Parliament

    My name is Ruth Dyson. I’m the member of Parliament for Port Hills. Earlier this month, the Hon Andrew Little, Minister of Justice, introduced legislation to Parliament, and Parliament established a new and special select committee to consider this legislation. The bill is about reforming our abortion law. It’s about decriminalising abortion. It’s about moving abortion into the same regulatory framework as other health services. It really modernises what is considerably outdated legislation. Our committee consists of seven members of Parliament. I am the chairperson. The Hon Amy Adams, MP for Selwyn, is the deputy chair. And we have opened submissions on the bill. They will be open until Thursday…