UCL Faculty of Laws


The constitutional implications of the Miller judgment

22 February 2017, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Event Information

Open to



Public Law and UCL Laws


UCL JZ Young LT (Anatomy Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT)


Professor Paul Craig (Professor of English Law, St John’s College, Oxford)
Helen Mountfield QC (Matrix Chambers)
Christopher McCrudden (Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law, Queen’s University Belfast)
Professor Alison Young (Professor of Public Law, Hertford College, Oxford)

About the event

Since the referendum on leaving the European Union, many believe that the UK has been brought to the brink of a constitutional crisis, as the government sought to use the royal prerogative to begin ‘Brexit’ without an Act of Parliament. On 24 January 2017, the Supreme Court delivered its landmark judgment in R (Miller and Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. The Court, by a majority of eight to three judges, confirmed the High Court ruling that an Act of Parliament is required for a notice under Article 50(2) of the Treaty of the European Union. The judgment has profound implications for multiple facets of the British constitution, including the nature of constitutional change, intergovernmental relations within the United Kingdom, and relationships between courts, the executive and Parliament.

In this event, distinguished speakers will investigate and discuss the Court’s decision in Miller, and the implications that it could have for the future of the UK Constitution. The event is hosted by the law journal Public Law and the Faculty of Laws, University College London, and is generously supported by Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters and UCL Laws.