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Former Lord Chief Justice and ECJ judge appear before committee

9 November 2015

On Tuesday 10 November, the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee takes evidence from Lord Woolf, former Lord Chief Justice and Sir David Edward, former Judge of the European Court of Justice.


Tuesday 10 November, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster:

At 11.00am

  • Lord Woolf, who as Lord Chief Justice, spoke out against the Constitutional Reform Bill, and was critical of the Government's handling of constitutional reforms
  • Sir David Edward, Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh's School of Law and former Judge of the European Court of Justice

Possible questions

The witnesses are likely to face questions on a number of areas, including:

  • whether the EU Charter and the common law would provide equivalent national protection to the HRA, or if there would be gaps that the Bill of Rights should cover
  • if a repeal of the HRA would put the UK in direct conflict with other areas of EU law and, if so, which ones in particular
  • whether they believe there would be increased court references to the Court of Justice from the UK Courts in the case of a repeal and
  • to what extent they believe that international courts are compatible with Parliamentary sovereignty.

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