Small States and the Law: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: Thursday 15 June 2017

Time: 17:00 - 19:00 (Registration from 16:45)

Location: Central London - tba to ticket holders

Speakers: Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Steven Powles, Susie Alegre, Dr. Caroline Morris; Steven Finizo

Doughty Street Chambers, in conjunction with the Centre for Small States at Queen Mary University, and the Island Rights Initiative, invite you to a seminar on Thursday 15 June 2017 (5pm - 7pm) on Small States and the Law: Challenges and Opportunities.


In a rapidly changing legal world, small states face particular issues to ensure their legal systems can meet international requirements.  But in the current uncertain times, small states may also have unique opportunities to lead the way in legal developments and help to mould international law in a way that can benefit us all.


Although small states differ hugely in geography, history, wealth, and more, their size means they face similar issues.  To explore some of the legal topics of importance to small states, both domestically and internationally, the international lawyers of Doughty Street Chambers, the Island Rights Initiative and the Centre for Small States based at Queen Mary University of London, invite you to a seminar bringing together a panel of expert speakers, government representatives, policy makers, academics, and lawyers with an interest in small jurisdictions.  The event will also launch a new book, Small States in a Legal World (Springer, 2017), which is a collection of essays investigating many of the key issues in some detail.   



Dr. Caroline Morris, Centre for Small States



Susie Alegre, Doughty Street Chambers ("Brexit and Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.")

Steven Finizo, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale  ("Small states and international dispute resolution.")

Steven Powles, Doughty Street Chambers ("The role of small states in moulding international law.")

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Doughty Street Chambers ("Public law challenges facing small states.")


This is an invitation only event. Some spaces may become available nearer the time, so if you are interested in attending please email

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