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Professor Gordon Anthony

Professor Gordon Anthony

Professor Gordon Anthony

Practice profile

•    Barrister in Northern Ireland (called 2011).
•    Academic Tenant FTB (joined 2020).
•    Areas of practice: public law generally and judicial review in particular; human rights law.

Academic profile

•    Professor of Public Law, Queen’s University, Belfast.
•    Director the Academy of European Public Law, Athens, Greece.
•    Areas of expertise: constitutional law (especially devolution); administrative law; tort law.


Cases of Note

Gordon Anthony has acted as Junior Counsel in some of Northern Ireland’s leading constitutional cases:

  • Re Waring’s Application [2019] NICA 49 (on the lawfulness of the UK government’s pursuit of a “no deal” Brexit)
  • Re Buick’s Application [2018] NICA 26 (on the powers of civil servants in the absence of a functioning Executive in Northern Ireland)
  • Re Agnew’s Application [2017] UKSC 5 (on the legalities of triggering Article 50 TEU – heard with, and reported alongside, Miller I)

He also appeared in a range of leading human rights cases, including Re McKenna’s Application [2019] NICA 46 (on the state’s duty to investigate the use of torture during internment) and Re the Committee on the Administration of Justice’s Application [2015] NIQB 59 (on the Northern Ireland Executive’s failure to adopt an anti-poverty strategy in accordance with section 28E of the Northern Ireland Act 1998). He has provided opinions on a range of legal issues for public bodies and private clients.

Selected Publications


Book Chapters and Journal Articles:

  • ‘Brexit and Devolution’ in S Kadelbach (ed), Brexit – And What it Means (Nomos: Baden Baden 2019) p 57 
  • ‘Brexit and the Common Law Constitution’ (2018) 24 European Public Law 673
  • ‘Administrative Justice in the United Kingdom’ (2015) 7 Italian Journal of Public Law 9-33
  • ‘Public Interest and the Three Dimension of Judicial Review’ (2013) 64 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 125-142
  • ‘Article 6 ECHR, Civil Rights, and the Enduring Role of the Common Law’ (2013) 19 European Public Law 75-96

Briefing papers:

Degrees and Appointments

  • LLB (1994); MSSc (1995 with Distinction); PhD (1999)
  • Hamlyn Trustee 2018- 
  • Member of the Conseil d’Orientation de la Chaire Mutations de l’Action Publique et du Droit Public, Sciences Po, Paris, 2013-2018
  • Director the Academy of European Public law, Athens, Greece, 2014-present
  • Member of the European Group of Public Law, 2004-present 
  • Judicial Extern, Federal District Courts, Los Angeles, 1993