Durham Law School: Half-day ESRC-funded seminar on the Miller judgment, the...

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You are invited to attend a half-day seminar organised by the Human Rights Centre at Durham Law School, generously funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Brexit fund, which will consider the Miller judgment handed down by the Supreme Court last month, Described by many as 'the constitutional case of the century', the decision has great significance in terms of our understanding of the nature and role of EU law in the UK Constitution, the relationship between statute and prerogative, and the role of the law and conventions governing the relationship between the UK Government and Parliament and the devolved institutions. Since one of the barristers who was instructed on the case is attending, there will be particular focus on knowledge exchange - and a chance to discuss the specific issue of how academics can work most fruitfully with practitioners in order to achieve impact on such cases in future.

The seminar will start with a sandwich lunch in the common room from 1pm.

The first session will take place from 2-3.30pm in the Hogan Lovells Lecture theatre and will feature three 15 minute presentations from the speakers below on the main issue in Miller - the relationship between the European Communities Act, giving effect to EU law in the UK, and the prerogative of foreign affairs, which the Government claimed could be used as the source of legal authority for the giving of notice of intention to withdraw from the EU under Article 50. Gavin Phillipson will act as Chair and discusscant and there will be 30-40 minutes of questions and discussion. The speakers are:

Alison Young (Oxford)

Mikolaj Barczentewicz (Oxford)

Robert Craig (LSE).

Following a coffee break from 3.30pm-4pm, the second session will take place at 4-5.30pm in either the Hogan Lovells lecture theatre or the Law School Boardroom, depending on numbers, and will consider the broader significance of the judgment - the devolution aspects, the role of EU law in member states, looked at from a comparative and EU law aspect, and what it tells about the role of courts in the contemporary constitution. This session will be chaired by Roger Masterman. The speakers are:

Colin Murray (who will speak particularly to the issue of Northern Irish devolution)

Jo Murkens (LSE)

Robert Schuetze (who will provide an EU-lawyer's and comparativists's perspective).

At 5.30pm, Jack Williams, from Monckton Chambers, who was one of the barristers instructed on the case, will offer some concluding reflections and discuss with the academics present what lessons can be learned from the case in terms of the influence of academic work on how the case was argued.

There will then be a drinks reception in the Law School Common Room.

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