Brexit, Presidential Executive Orders and the Rule of Law: A discussion on the limits of executive power

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What are the limits of executive power in a society under the rule of law? How do laws restrict the decisions of those in power? In the United States, President Trump’s executive orders on immigration and travel bans have been blocked by federal judges. In the United Kingdom, the government continues to face legal challenges in implementing Brexit.

Join us to learn about how the rule of law, a system in which all people and institutions are subject to the same laws, has checks and balances in place to limit arbitrary exercises of power. The Law Society’s first Annual Rule of Law Lecture Series features speakers Anne Egeler, Deputy Solicitor General of Washington State and Richard Gordon, QC, lead counsel for Wales in the high-profile Brexit case Miller v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

Event information

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 6 to 7:30 pm
UBC Robson Square, Theatre
800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served.
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Free admission. Registration is required.
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Attendance at this event provides one hour of continuing professional development credits for lawyers.


Anne Egeler

Anne Egeler is a Deputy Solicitor General in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. She specializes in appellate practice and has argued a wide range of constitutional and elections issues in the federal and state court systems. Currently, she is part of the Washington attorney team challenging President Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration. In 2014, Anne was selected as a Supreme Court Fellow by the National Association of Attorneys General to study the United States Supreme Court and submit amicus briefs on behalf of the states. In addition to her work with the Attorney General’s Office, Anne participates in judicial candidate evaluations on behalf of Washington Women Lawyers’ Capital Chapter and serves on the board of Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services.

Richard Gordon, QC

Richard Gordon, QC is a practising barrister specializing in constitutional and administrative law. He has appeared in a large number of landmark cases including, most recently, as leading counsel for Wales in the high-profile Brexit case of Miller v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. He was also Counsel retained by the Electoral Commission to advise the Commission over the conduct of the 2016 EU referendum leading to the Brexit vote. He regularly appears in appellate courts in the United Kingdom and has argued three cases in the Supreme Court in the last few months. He is a Visiting Professor at University College London and Hong Kong University and has lectured in Australia and New Zealand on public law. He is also the author of many works, including EU Law in Judicial Review (OUP, 2014), Repairing British Politics: A Blueprint for Constitutional Change (Hart, 2010) and was a contributor to the festschrift for Vernon Bogdanor The British Constitution: Continuity and Change (Hart, 2013).