The Colonial Laws Validity Act and the Irish Free State

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Colonial_Laws_Validity_Act_-_Submit_2.doc134 kBMicrosoft WordDownload
Title: The Colonial Laws Validity Act and the Irish Free State
Authors: Mohr, Thomas
Permanent link:
Date: 2008
Abstract: This article examines the relationship between Irish law and British Imperial law in the 1920s and 1930s. Its primary focus concerns the question of whether the Colonial Laws Validity Act, 1865 applied to the Irish Free State as a Dominion of the British Empire. This important piece of legislation ensured that British Imperial statutes overrode the laws of British colonies and Dominions. This article will examine the importance of the 1865 Act as a means of preventing the Irish Free State from making unilateral changes to the settlement imposed by the Anglo Irish Treaty of 1921. It will also analyse the arguments put forward by the British and Irish governments as to the relationship between Irish law and the Colonial Laws Validity Act. It will conclude by examining the changes made by the Statute of Westminster which ensured that the Irish Free State finally achieved a position of undisputed legislative sovereignty.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Thompson - Round Hall
Journal: Irish Jurist
Volume: 43
Start page: 21
End page: 44
Keywords: Validity ActColoniesConstitutionDominionLegislationIreland
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Law Research Collection

Show full item record

Page view(s) 50

checked on May 25, 2018

Download(s) 50

checked on May 25, 2018

Google ScholarTM


This item is available under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland. No item may be reproduced for commercial purposes. For other possible restrictions on use please refer to the publisher's URL where this is made available, or to notes contained in the item itself. Other terms may apply.