The seminar will consider the landmark case of R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.  It will consider the background to the case, the arguments advanced by the Divisional Court and the Supreme Court, and some of the reactions to the decisions.  It will be argued that Miller is a great deal less radical than it might first seem, and coheres with previous decisions on the relationship between the prerogative and statute.  

Nicholas Barber, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law

Nick Barber joined the Oxford Law Faculty in 1998 as a Fixed Term Fellow at Brasenose, moving to a tenured Fellowship at Trinity College in 2000.  He holds an MA from Oxford and the BCL, and is a non-practicing barrister and member of Middle Temple.  In 2013 he was appointed University Lecturer in Constitutional Law.  In 2012 and 2013 he was a visiting Professor at Renmin University, China.  He has lectured extensively on constitutional law and theory in many countries.  He has published many papers in these areas, and his book - The Constitutional State – was published in 2011, and has been widely reviewed.  

He was founder editor of the United Kingdom Constitutional Law Blog, and he was a co-author, with Jeff King and Tom Hickman, of the blog post that sparked the litigation in Miller, a blog post which first advanced the arguments eventually adopted by the High Court and Supreme Court.  

Alongside Richard Ekins, he is co-director of The Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government.  

All welcome. No RSVP required.

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