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International law experts questioned on treaty-making

17 June 2022

Experts in international law, including the Chair of the Trade and Agriculture Commission, will be questioned by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the laws governing treaty-making.


Tuesday 21 June 2022, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Professor Dapo Akande, Professor of Public International Law, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
  • Professor Lorand Bartels MBE, Professor of International Law, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University
  • Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Professor of Public International Law, Queen Mary University of London

This third session of the inquiry into how international agreements can be effectively scrutinised comes following fresh criticism that the Government is setting an “outrageous precedent” by “rushing scrutiny” of its free trade agreement with Australia, the first new trade deal since the UK left the EU.

MPs will explore the law of treaties and how it applies in different contexts, including questioning witnesses on the ‘doctrine of necessity’ which is being put forward by the Government to justify breaking treaty obligations contained in the Northern Ireland Protocol, and the legal status of Memorandums of Understanding, such as the asylum partnership reached with the Rwandan government.

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