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Current Constitutional Issues Faced by the United Kingdom

Philip Lord Norton of Louth

March 2, 2021 | Zoom, Berkeley Law | 1-2 pm PST | 9 pm GMT

Please join Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professor Amanda Tyler in welcoming Lord Norton of Louth, who will discuss current constitutional issues faced by the United Kingdom and his recent book, Governing Britain: Parliament, Ministers and our Ambiguous Constitution (Manchester University Press 2020).  His remarks will explore, among other things, Brexit, referendums, devolution, and the relationship between Parliament and the courts. 

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Covid-19, Brexit, and the Debate on Scottish Independence

February 24th, 11 am – 12 pm.   ZOOM:  The event registration link can be found here.

Please join Berkeley Law’s Anglo-American Law & Policy Program for a lively discussion on COVID-19, BREXIT and the debate on Scottish Independence.

The health, social and economic impacts of Covid continue to be felt across the world. Scotland’s death rates were in line with the rest of the UK, making it one of the most badly affected countries in Europe. What can we learn from the impacts of the Covid in Scotland? What public policy lessons can we draw? And what political issues are now raised as we approach May’s Scottish Parliament elections? The management of Covid in Scotland has been a test of devolution within the UK. Advocates of the Union emphasize the resources which being part of the UK has given Scotland during the pandemic and its aftermath. Supporters of independence argue that more would be possible. Meantime the implications of Brexit are beginning to become clearer. Join us for a seminar in which a panel of commentators and public policy experts consider what next for Scotland.


Allan Little (BBC Foreign Correspondent);

Dr Kirsteen Shields (Lecturer, Global Academy of Agriculture & Food Security, University of Edinburgh); and

Dr Fergus Neville (Lecturer in Organisational Studies, School of Management, University of St Andrews).


US, UK, EU: Brexit, Trump, Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations

A lecture by British Diplomat David Whineray

September 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

David Whineray, Visiting Scholar, Center for British Studies, UC Berkeley / Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC

This lecture will focus on the foreign policy and geopolitical aspects of Brexit, Trump, European integration and the transatlantic alliance. It will provide an understanding of: (a) the history and reasons for European integration and a close, strategic European-US relationship—from 1919 to 2019; (b) challenges to EU integration and to European-US relations, particularly from Brexit and the Trump Administration; (c) why the UK voted to leave the EU; (d) what will happen now on Brexit (deal or no deal?); (e) how and why US foreign policy in general — and toward Europe — has shifted under Trump from the approach by previous Republican and Democratic presidents; and (f) how the US, EU and UK could re-boot their diplomacy with each other on foreign policy in the new transatlantic context with Brexit and Trump.

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Co-Sponsored by the Institute for European Studies, the Centre for British Studies, & the Anglo-American Law & Policy Program,

The 2020 Underhill Lecture

The Right Honourable the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE, President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court &

The Honorable Stephen G. Breyer, Supreme Court of the United States

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19.  New Date To Be Announced.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Please join the Anglo-American Law & Policy Program for the 2020 Underhill Lecture, featuring Berkeley Law Professor Amanda L. Tyler in conversation with The Right Honourable the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE, President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court and The Honorable Stephen G. Breyer, Supreme Court of the United States.  The three will compare and contrast the two supreme courts in what promises to be a fascinating dialogue.  

Requiem for a shared interdependent past: Brexit and the Deterioration in UK-Irish Relations

Please join the Anglo-American Studies Program along with the Center for British Studies, the Institute of European Studies, and the Center for Irish Studies for a lecture by John O’Brennan, Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration, Maynooth University, Ireland on “Requiem for a shared interdependent past: Brexit and the Deterioration in UK-Irish Relations”

TUESDAY, MAY 14                     John O’Brennan May 14 

12-1 PM

Cover of Kori Schake's 2017 book, "Safe Passage"2019 Underhill Lecture: Dr. Kori Schake

“Horizons of Anglo-American Relations”

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 3:30 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720

Dr. Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General, International Institute for Strategic Studies; Author of Safe Passage: The Transition from British to American Hegemony (Harvard University Press 2017); contributing editor at The Atlantic and War on the Rocks. Dr. Schake has held policy positions across government, academia and think tanks, including working with both the military and civilian staffs of the Pentagon, in the White House at the National Security Council, and at the US State Department as Deputy Head of Policy Planning.

Reception to follow at the Faculty Club.

The Underhill Lecture is sponsored by the Anglo-American Studies Program.  It is co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Institute for European Studies, Center for British Studies & Institute of International Studies

allan_little_talkWill Brexit Lead to the Break-Up of Britain and to the Independence of Scotland?  

A lecture by BBC Journalist Allan Little

Thursday, April 4, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm
220 Stephens Hall
Reception to follow

Allan Little, a prominent BBC journalist, will give a presentation about Brexit and its impact on the United Kingdom. In his talk, Little will focus on the history of the UK nation-state in a broader, European, perspective, and will reflect about its future after Brexit. He will pay special attention to to consequences Brexit may have for his native Scotland. The lecture will be followed by a reception. 

This event is sponsored by the Institute for European Studies, the Anglo-American Studies Program, and the St. Andrews’ Society of San Francisco.