8 Feb 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm CRASSH Meeting Room


Part of the CRASSH Fellows Work in Progress Seminar Series.  All welcome but please email Michelle Maciejewska to book your place and to request readings.  A sandwich lunch and refreshments are provided.

Dr Veronika Fikfak

My paper considers embeddedness in the context of the war prerogative and particularly since the emergence of the constitutional convention that the British House of Commons must be consulted prior to the initiation of armed conflict. My analysis for the first time identifies and analyses how decisions to go to war in which the government consults Parliament are infused with international considerations. Rather than deciding to send troops abroad on the basis of domestic interest and necessity, the government and members of Parliament refer to and accept international norms – sometimes erroneously – as sufficient support for an intervention abroad. I show how this and other aspects of the decision making process affect the relevance of Parliament in the working of the consultation convention, at times reducing its involvement to a rubber stamp of a fait accompli.



Dr Veronika Fikfak is a CRASSH Early Career Fellow in Lent Term 2016.

Dr Veronika Fikfak is Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Homerton College, Cambridge and an Affiliated Lecturer in Law at the Faculty of Law. Veronika completed her undergraduate studies in Law at the University of Ljubljana and University of Poitiers, before reading for a Magister Juris, Master of Philosophy in Law and Doctor of Philosophy of Law at Oxford University. Prior to her appointment in Cambridge, she worked at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, at the International Court of Justice and at the Law Commission for England and Wales.

Her research interests are in the fields of public law, human rights and international law. She is particularly interested in the interface between domestic and international law and on the recent changes in the UK constitutional landscape. Her monograph on the role of national judges in relation to international law entitled Power and Strategies of National Judges is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.

Website: http://www.law.cam.ac.uk/people/academic/v-fikfak/5176 and publications at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=2094790

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