NEWS

09 Feb 2022

Jill Barrett gives evidence to parliamentary inquiry on international treaty scrutiny

Jill Barrett gave oral evidence on 8 February to the parliamentary inquiry on ‘The Scrutiny of International Treaties and other international agreements in the 21st century’.

She was one of three expert witnesses at the first public session of the inquiry held by the House of Commons’ Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee:

Jill was Legal Counsellor at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 20 years and while at the FCO, she negotiated, drafted and advised on numerous treaties and supervised the FCO Treaty Section’s handling of treaty procedures and parliamentary process. During 2008-10 she led the Government’s work on Part 2 of the Constitutional and Governance Act 2010 on Ratification of Treaties. She is co-author of the Handbook on Good Treaty Practice published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. She has been invited to give evidence to a number of parliamentary inquiries on treaties and treaty scrutiny (see list here).

A recording of the 8 February hearing may be viewed on Parliament’s website here