The 2016 John Field Simms, Sr. Memorial Lectureship in Law will shed light on the political, legal and economic consequences about a matter that affects us all—Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU).

For the first time, a member-state voted to leave the EU—shocking the world and causing the British pound to rapidly lose value. Brexit is a labyrinth of new and complex legal procedures that may completely transform the constitutional history of the Western world. 

The John Field Simms, Sr. Memorial Lectureship in Law is bringing in legal historian, Professor Bruno Aguilera-Barchet, of the King Juan Carlos University of Madrid, to discuss “The Legal Labyrinth of Brexit” at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the UNM School of Law.

 Bruno Aguilera-Barchet is a Professor of Comparative Legal History and Director of the Institute for International Law Studies at King Juan Carlos University of Madrid. He holds a Ph.D. in Law and is the author of many articles and books, especially on the rule of law in the European legal tradition. 

“Professor Aguilera is one of the most kind, affable, funny, engaging, and accomplished people I have ever met,” says Professor Nathalie Martin. “He is humble despite tremendous accomplishments, has been able to forge international and regional bonds in ways that positively impact students over a lifetime, and easily shares his expertise in accessible ways with a diverse variety of people world-wide. He is truly treasure and we are lucky to have him speaking here.”

Known for his breadth and depth of knowledge of political events and the ability to tie them together, Professor Aguilera is looking forward to a lively discussion following his lecture. A reception offering one-on-one time with professor will conclude the event.  

The public is invited to this free lecture. Parking is available in the Law School “L” parking lot at no cost starting at 4 p.m.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to register online for the event or RSVP at 505-277-8184.

The John Field Simms, Sr. Memorial Lectureship in Law is an endowed lecture that honors the memory of the highly respected trial lawyer John F. Simms, who served on the New Mexico Supreme Court and as a University of New Mexico Regent.

For applicable individuals, this program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 general hours of credit.