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Derrick Wyatt

MA (MA, LLM, MA Camb; JD Chicago), QC

Derrick Wyatt has been a Fellow of St Edmund Hall since 1978, received the title of Professor in 1996, and retired in 2009. His teaching included EU law, constitutional law, and public international law. He was Visiting Professor of Law at Oxford 2009 - 2014, teaching the law of the EU’s internal market.

He practised (Queen's Counsel 1993) from Brick Court Chambers, specialising in litigation before the European Court of Justice and the EU General Court in Luxembourg, and in giving legal advice to businesses and governments. This has involved numerous aspects of EU law, issues of public international law and constitutional law in the UK and Cyprus, and, latterly, Brexit issues. He has appeared in approximately 100 cases before the European Courts in Luxembourg and has represented and/or advised businesses in the UK, Ireland, USA, Germany, and Iran, and the Governments of the UK, Northern Ireland, and Cyprus.

He has published numerous articles and contributions to books, served on editorial committees and boards (he is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy), and co-authored Wyatt and Dashwood's European Union Law, in its various editions, the latest being its 6th edition (Hart Publishing 2011).

Derrick has been increasingly engaged in Brexit issues. In March 2016 he appeared before the House of Lords EU Select Committee giving expert evidence on the process for Brexit under Article 50. In May he addressed the Irish Centre for European Law in Dublin on the likely impact of Brexit on the north/south border. Since the Brexit referendum, he has briefed the media on Brexit issues, and briefed lawyers and financial service providers on Article 50 issues and the likely course of future trade negotiations between the UK and the EU. In September 2016 he again appeared before the House of Lords EU Select Committee, giving evidence on the need for extensive parliamentary scrutiny of the negotiation of the Brexit agreements. In November he addressed the European University Institute in Florence, arguing that “cherry-picking” was a bad description of the UK’s aims in Brexit negotiations. He submitted written evidence on behalf of the Bar Council to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committeee inquiry into the implications of a "no-deal" between the UK and the EU in the Brexit negotiations, and he appeared before the Committee in February 2017. He gave oral evidence to the House of Commons International Trade Committee on 29 November 2017, on the Trade Bill, arguing that Parliamentary scrutiny when the UK negotiates trade agreements (something it hasn’t done in its own right for many years) is inadequate. Trade agreements affect the rights and interests of individuals and businesses and the national interest as much as many statutes. Parliamentary scrutiny should be commensurate to that impact, and should allow Parliamentary input capable of affecting the content of trade agreements.