Professor Gordon Anthony

Call: 2011  
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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.
  • 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.
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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.


  • Judicial Review in Northern Ireland (Bloomsbury, 3rd ed, 2024)
  • Textbook on Administrative Law (Oxford University Press, 8th ed, 2016, with Peter Leyland) 
  • Judicial Review in Northern Ireland (Hart Publishing/Bloomsbury, Oxford, 2nd ed, 2014) 
  • Values in Global Administrative Law (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2011, edited by Gordon Anthony, Jean-Bernard Auby, John Morison, and Tom Zwart) 
  • Judges, Transition, and Human Rights (2007 Oxford: Oxford University Press, edited by John Morison, K. McEvoy and G. Anthony) 
  • UK Public Law and European Law: The Dynamics of Legal Integration (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2002) 

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

  • 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

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Dec' 22
Decision to Halt Irish Sea Border Checks Ruled Unlawful

On 15 December 2022, Mr Justice Colton, in the High Court in Belfast granted an application for judicial review by Edward Rooney, an anonymised individual JR181(3) and Belfast City Council in respect of their challenge to a written instruction issued by the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to his Department on 2 February 2022 to cease all checks relating to animals and various agri-food goods moving from Great Britain (“GB”) into Northern Ireland (“NI”) by 00.01 on Thursday 3 February 2022. 

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