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Aca­demic given top political ad­vi­sor role

- Society · Politics · United Kingdom · British House of Commons · House of Commons Library

AN aca­demic at Edge Hill Univer­sity has been ap­pointed to ad­vise some of the coun­try’s most se­nior politi­cians on in­ter­na­tional law.

His ap­point­ment comes as the Gov­ern­ment’s blue­print for post-Brexit Bri­tain and its im­pli­ca­tions on in­ter­na­tional law agree­ments have dom­i­nated the me­dia head­lines re­cently.

Law lec­turer Dr Pa­trick Butchard has been se­lected as a Re­search Fel­low in the In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs and De­fence Sec­tion of the House of Com­mons Li­brary, an in­de­pen­dent re­search unit that pro­vides im­par­tial in­for­ma­tion to MPs and their staff.

As a Re­search Fel­low, Dr Butchard will be re­spon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing re­search brief­ings and anal­y­sis on ma­jor pieces of in­ter­na­tional law leg­is­la­tion for MPs and the gen­eral pub­lic.

Most re­cently, he has con­trib­uted to a brief­ing pa­per on the UK In­ter­nal Mar­ket Bill, specif­i­cally ex­am­in­ing the bill’s com­pat­i­bil­ity with in­ter­na­tional law, which has been at the cen­tre of the Brexit de­bate in re­cent days.

The year-long Par­lia­men­tary Aca­demic Fel­low­ship scheme in­vites aca­demics to pro­pose a project of their choice to help build pub­lic un­der­stand­ing of, and en­hance, Par­lia­ment’s work.

Cho­sen fel­lows, such as Dr Butchard, are given the op­por­tu­nity to con­duct pri­mary re­search in Par­lia­ment and given ac­cess to its sig­nif­i­cant li­brary and ar­chive col­lec­tions.

He said: “This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to bring my knowl­edge and ex­per­tise to bear on in­ter­na­tional law and ex­pe­ri­ence the in­ner-work­ings of Par­lia­ment. It will also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for my re­search to have an im­me­di­ate im­pact and con­trib­ute towards some of the most top­i­cal and press­ing is­sues fac­ing so­ci­ety.

“With Brexit con­tin­u­ing to dom­i­nate the head­lines, in­ter­na­tional law will re­main a ma­jor fo­cus for Par­lia­ment.

“My role will be to as­sist and en­hance the work of the House of Com­mons Li­brary and pro­vide di­rect ad­vice to MPs and pol­icy mak­ers to en­sure that they have the most up-to-date knowl­edge they need on in­ter­na­tional law.”

Dr Butchard will spend one and a half days per week work­ing for the House of Com­mons Li­brary, along­side bal­anc­ing his teach­ing at Edge Hill. His most re­cent re­search has cen­tred on pub­lic in­ter­na­tional law, con­flict and se­cu­rity law, in­ter­na­tional law of the use of force and the law of armed con­flict.

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