Oxford Public Law Book Festival: Christopher McCrudden, "The Law and Practice of the Ireland-Northern Ireland Protocol" (CUP 2022)

Event date
2 February 2022
Event time
17:00 - 18:30
Oxford week
HT 3
Faculty Members
Members of the University
Postgraduate Students
Undergraduate Students
Online (Zoom)
Christopher McCrudden, Nick Barber, Christine Bell, Oran Doyle, Johannes Ungerer

The Oxford Public Law Book Festival is delighted to invite you to a discussion of a new book edited by Christopher McCrudden, 'The Law and Practice of the Ireland-Northern Ireland Protocol'. The event will bring together several public law experts who will discuss the argument and themes of the book. In order to obtain the Zoom link for this event, please send an email to publiclawoxford@gmail.com

About the Book

The Ireland-Northern Ireland Protocol, part of the Withdrawal Agreement concluded between the European Union and the United Kingdom, is intended to address the difficult and complex impact of Brexit on the island of Ireland, North and South, and between Ireland and Great Britain. It has become an exceptionally important, if controversial, part of the new architecture that governs the relationship between the UK and the EU more generally, covering issues that range from trade flows to free movement, from North-South Co-operation to the protection of human rights, from customs arrangements to democratic oversight by the Northern Ireland Assembly. This edited collection offers insights from a wide array of academic experts and practitioners in each of the various areas of legal practice that the Protocol affects, providing a comprehensive examination of the Protocol in all its legal dimensions, drawing on international law, European Union Law, and domestic constitutional and public law.

About the Editor

Christopher McCrudden is Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law at Queen’s University Belfast and William W Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. Until 2011, he was Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. He studied law at Queen’s University Belfast, Yale University, and Oxford University.  He holds a first law degree from Queen’s, an LL.M. degree from Yale, two doctorates from Oxford University (a D.Phil and a DCL), and an honorary LL.D. from Queen’s. From 2011 to 2014, he held a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. In 2013-14 he was a Fellow at the Straus Institute at New York University Law School. In 2014-15, he was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and is currently Chair of its Advisory Committee. He is a practicing Barrister at Blackstone Chambers in London, and has been called to both the Northern Ireland Bar and the Bar of England and Wales. His main research focus is on human rights law. Currently, his research deals with the foundational principles underpinning human rights practice. He was awarded the American Society of International Law’s prize for outstanding legal scholarship in 2008. Professor McCrudden is a Fellow of the British Academy and (from 2018) a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. 

About the Discussants

Christine Bell is Professor of Constitutional Law and Assistant Principal (Global Justice).  She is a co-director of the Global Justice Academy and a member of the British Academy.  She read law at Selwyn College, Cambridge, (1988) and gained an LL.M in Law from Harvard Law School (1990), supported by a Harkness Fellowship. In 1990 she qualified as a Barrister at law. She subsequently qualified as an Attorney-at-law in New York, practicing for a period at Debevoise & Plimpton, NY. From 1997-9 she was Director of the Centre for International and Comparative Human Rights Law, Queen's University of Belfast, and from 2000-2011, she was Professor of Public International Law, and a founder and Director of the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster.
Oran Doyle is Professor in law at Trinity College Dublin, where he was Head of School from 2014 to 2018. He holds an LLB and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin and an LLM from Harvard University. He has held visiting positions at the Academia Sinica Taipei, Bocconi University Milan, and Keio University Tokyo. He is currently a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Prof Doyle is an expert in comparative constitutional law, his recent work being published in the International Journal of Constitutional Law and Global Constitutionalism as well as a number of other journals and edited collections. In 2018, published 'The Irish Constitution: A Contextual Account' for Hart's Constitutional Systems of the World series. In 2019, he published -with Dr Tom Hickey- the second edition of 'Constitutional Law: Text, Cases and Materials.' 
Johannes Ungerer is the Erich Brost Lecturer in German Law and European Union Law at the Faculty of Law and St Hilda’s College. Previously, he taught and researched at the University of Bonn where he also completed his PhD in the area of German and European law of damages (s.c.l.). He studied law in Halle and Cardiff as a Studienstiftung scholar, and graduated with the German First State Exam and a LL.M.oec. master’s degree in business and economic law. He qualified for the German judiciary and bar with the Second State Exam; his training placements included the Court of Justice of the European Union, and the Bundesverfassungsgericht. 

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 and in 2017 he was appointed Professor of Constitutional Law and Theory.  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.  His second book, The Principles of Constitutionalism, was published by Oxford University Press in summer 2018.  His most recent book, The United Kingdom Constitution: An Introduction was published in the Clarendon Law Series in late 2021.  Both The American Jounral of Jurisprudence and The Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies have published collections of essays on his work.  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 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.  He is currently Associate Dean (Research).


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