The Fluidity and Stability of the Northern Ireland Constitution
by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland, John Larkin QC at Queen’s University Belfast
On Tuesday 11 November 2014, the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast hosted the annual SLS Centenary Lecture. The lecture, which was delivered by the Attorney-General for Northern Ireland under the title ‘The Fluidity and Stability of the Northern Ireland Constitution’, was an historical and contemporary analysis of key provisions of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. Issues addressed included the nature of Executive power under the Act, and the relevance of ethno-national designations for the purposes of cross-community voting requirements under the Act.
John Larkin QC was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After leaving school he read law at Queen’s University and subsequently was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland to practice as a barrister. His work at the Bar saw him specialise in administrative law, civil liberties and human rights, competition and constitutional law, defamation and judicial review.
Appointed in 2010, he is the first person to hold the office of Attorney General separately since the prorogation of the Northern Ireland Parliament in 1972. He is also the first holder of the office not to be an elected politician.