Prof Niamh Nic Shuibhne delivers Current Legal Problems Lecture on Brexit and EU Law
Mon 12 April 2021
On 25 February 2021, Prof Niamh Nic Shuibhne delivered a UCL Faculty of Laws Current Legal Problems Lecture that investigated whether the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union has changed EU law.
In her lecture ‘Did Brexit Change EU Law?’, Prof Nic Shuibhne, Professor of European Union Law at Edinburgh Law School, explored how Brexit has animated the law related to and produced by Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, and asked whether Brexit also imprinted on fundamental premises of EU law that shape relations between the remaining Member States with the Union and between the Union and the wider world.
She further examined the question in connection with the development of principles of EU law in a substantive sense as well as the processes and institutional checks and balances that normally apply to the making of it. Prof Nic Shuibhne argued that Brexit has changed in some respects the legal implications of membership of the Union, as well as the legal nature of relationships with third States, and the legal force of political decision-making. She also challenged how we frame and the extent to which we assess such changes in the context of crisis.
The Current Legal Problems (CLP) lecture series and annual volume was established over 60 years ago at the Faculty of Laws, University College London, and is recognised as a major reference point for legal scholarship.