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In his address to the IIEA, Chief Justice Frank Clarke addressed the position of post-Brexit Ireland as the largest EU Member State with a common law legal tradition, and as the only Member State without some element of the civil law ‘continental’ legal system. He argued that this may present a challenge in ensuring that the common law voice continues to be considered in the EU legislative process. Despite these challenges, Ireland’s continued membership of the EU, legal system and court system render it well-placed to act as a hub for dispute resolution.

The paper upon which this speech was based can be found here.


About the Speaker:

Mr Justice Frank Clarke completed his legal studies in King’s Inns. He was called to the bar in 1973, and the inner bar in 1985. Mr Justice Clarke was appointed a judge of the High Court in November 2004. He was chairman of the Referendum Commission on the 28th Amendment of the Constitution (Lisbon Treaty II) in 2009. He was appointed judge of the Supreme Court in March 2012, and Chief Justice in 2017. In March 2018 he was appointed to the panel provided for in Article 255 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.