The referendum on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union was one of the most important political events of 2016. The UK Supreme Court’s decision in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union is destined to be one of the most important court decisions of 2017. The question in the case was whether parliamentary authorisation was required before the British Government could give notice of its intention to withdraw from the European Union. The case raised profound questions about the international prerogatives of the Crown and the interpretation of parliamentary legislation regulating the UK’s membership of the EU. While the majority of the Supreme Court held that parliamentary authorisation was required, they did not rely on the particular arguments presented by the applicants in coming to this conclusion. This seminar will seek to untangle the complex issues raised by the case. 

The Hon Justice Patrick Keane AC, High Court of Australia

Professor Nicholas Aroney, TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland

Mr Peter Dunning QC S-GSolicitor-General for Queensland

This series is eligible for self assessed CPD purposes by the Queensland Bar Association.

Attendance is free.

Those attending are encouraged to join or renew their membership of the AACL to help defray costs: 

Pleae note the CHANGE OF VENUE for this event:
Federal Court
Courtroom 1
Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts
119 North Quay



About Current Constitutional Controversies - Occasional Colloquium Series

This series is a joint initiative of:


Current Constitutional Controversies is a high-profile colloquium series dedicated to timely and incisive discussion of the most important constitutional cases decided by the High Court each year, and other topical questions of constitutional law.

The series, presented by the UQ Law School and the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, provides a forum for leading scholars, practitioners and members of the judiciary to analyse and discuss current constitutional issues.


Attendance is on a RSVP basis and restricted to numbers appropriate to a colloquium format. 


Due to the informal nature of the event, speakers will not necessarily prepare written papers. If a paper is written for distribution it will be made available through this website. A hard copy will not be provided at the colloquium itself.


Please note the change of venue:
Federal Court
Courtroom 1
Harry Gibbs Commonwealth Law Courts
119 North Quay, Brisbane