Implications of the Brexit Supreme Court decision

Presented by ANU College of Law

On 24 January 2017, the UK Supreme Court decided that Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union could not be triggered by an exercise of prerogative power. Instead, an Act of Parliament is required. In this seminar, Professor Henry Burmester and Dr Ryan Goss will explore some of the implications arising from the decision for the place of international law in Australian law and for fundamental constitutional law principles.

Henry Burmester AO, QC is an Honorary Professor at ANU College of Law. He was formerly Chief General Counsel with the Australian Government Solicitor and before that Head of the Office of International Law in Attorney-General's Department. He has represented the Commonwealth in leading constitutional and international law cases. He has a particular interest in the relationship between international and domestic law, of which the Brexit decision is an interesting example.

Dr Ryan Goss is a Senior Lecturer at the ANU College of Law working on constitutional law and human rights law. Following postgraduate study at Oxford supported by a Rhodes Scholarship, he worked as Junior Research Fellow in Law at Lincoln College, Oxford. He has also been an Associate to Justice Keane (then of the Queensland Court of Appeal) and a solicitor at a commercial firm. Ryan regularly writes and speaks in the media on a variety of public law issues, and has done consultant and pro bono research on related issues in the UK, India, and elsewhere, for a number of NGOs. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development and a Research Associate of the TJ Ryan Foundation.