Lecture by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd (“Lessons from the Brexit process”)

Date Wednesday 11 September 2019
Time 1pm - 2pm
Location Te Piringa – Faculty of Law - MSB1:01
Presenter Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd
Cost Free

The Rt Hon Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd PC, New Zealand Law Foundation 2019 Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Lord Thomas read law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the University of Chicago Law School and was called to the bar by Gray’s Inn. He practiced at the Commercial Bar in London from 1972 to 1996, becoming a QC in 1984. He was appointed to the High Court of England and Wales in 1996. He was successively a Presiding Judge in Wales, Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court, the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales, a Lord Justice of Appeal, President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales (2013 - 2017). He was a founder of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary and its President from 2008-2010.  He is currently Chairman of the Commission on Justice in Wales, Chairman of the London Financial Markets Law Committee and President of the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre. He also sits in the House of Lords. He has returned to Essex Court Chambers where he practices as an arbitrator. He is Chancellor of the Aberystwyth University and is an honorary fellow of several universities. He is a founder member of the European Law Institute and is currently a member of its Executive Committee.

Lessons from the Brexit process - Lord Thomas will discuss:

  • How to negotiate (or how not to)
  • The legislative process and scrutiny of vast bodies of new legislation
  • The capacity and capability of the executive and the legislature
  • The retention of EU law in the UK and the choices of legal regime for the future
  • The position of the judiciary

Lecture for staff and students.