Constitutional Conventions cases

Subscribe on YouTube

I help people navigate their law degrees

🎓 Simple and digestible information on studying law effectively.

🎬 One new video every week (I accept requests and reply to everything!)

📚 FREE courses, content, and other exciting giveaways.

Gareth Evans' personal youtube channel

Madzimbamuto v Lardner-Burke [1969] AC 645

Facts: The British Government had created a convention which made South Rhodesia virtually self governing. The Rhodesian government had enacted a series of Emergency Power Regulations and detained Madzimbamuto under one of those regulations.

Held: The Privy Council held in favour of Mr Madzimbamuto, finding that the Emergency Provisions were void so the decision of South Rhodesia to self legislate was illegal. Although the Convention giving South Rhodesia the power to act as a self-governing State was important, it had no legality so the Emergency Regulations could not be enforceable.

See the full case here

The Art of Getting a First in Law - ONLY £4.99

FOOL-PROOF methods of obtaining top grades

SECRETS your professors won't tell you and your peers don't know

INSIDER TIPS and tricks so you can spend less time studying and land the perfect job

We work really hard to provide you with incredible law notes for free...

The proceeds of this eBook helps us to run the site and keep the service FREE!


Reference re Amendment of the Constitution of Canada (1982) 2 SCR 793

Facts: A Convention existed that the Canadian Government should ask its provinces before making constitutional amendments. The question for the court was whether or not Canada could amend the constitution without the agreement of the provinces.

Held: The Supreme Court said that occassionally conventions can be more important than the law but they cannot be enforced by law. The court may only recognise and show that there is a constiutional rule existing as a convention, and highlight the importance of its existance. As a result, the federal government sought provincial approval.

See the full case here

Law Application Masterclass - ONLY £9.99

Learn how to effortlessly land vacation schemes, training contracts, and pupillages by making your law applications awesome. This eBook is constructed by lawyers and recruiters from the world's leading law firms and barristers' chambers.

✅ 60+ page eBook

✅ Research Methods, Success Secrets, Tips, Tricks, and more!

✅ Help keep Digestible Notes FREE

Course on the art of learning effectively, a reading masterclass