Principles of Constitutional Law
by Christopher Enright & Clare Cappa
The purpose of this book is to state the major principles of constitutional law in a simple and straightforward manner. It is designed as a first reader in the subject prior to attacking the intricacies of federal constitutional law later in a law course.
After explaining some basic concepts the book explains the development of governments and constitutions in Australia. It proceeds in chronological order, starting with the constitutional position of Great Britain prior to its colonisation of New South Wales and ending with the enactment of the Australia Act that all but completed the task of establishing Australia as an independent nation. Then follows an account of the major constitutional principles - sovereignty of parliament, the rule of law, separation of powers and relations between the powers.
The ensuing treatment of the Australian constitution commences with an outline of the Commonwealth and state governments to provide the broad settings for the account that follows of institutions of governments and the principles that apply to them. This account covers the four institutions of government - the head of state being the Crown, parliaments [including broad and descriptive discussion of legislative powers), executive governments and courts.
478 pages softcover
About the Author
Christopher Enright is a chartered accountant, barrister and solicitor. He has lectured in law at several universities. He specialises in legal method.