Our final officially scheduled class event was an afternoon here, @the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Established only 9 years ago (previously many of its functions were performed by the Law Lords), the Supreme Court has been the site of two crucial cases related to Brexit, the most important of which happened just a few weeks ago, in late September. After Boris Johnson prorogued Parliament for an unprecedented 5 weeks, the High Court of Scotland ruled the action unconstitutional (on the reasoning that it was a political action intended to keep Parliament from blocking Brexit), while the High Court of England refused to block the action, saying it had no jurisdiction to rule on political matters. Since the two High Courts did not agree, the case went to the Supreme Court to decide. In a case that was a test of its own ambit in a manner similar to Marbury vs Madison for the US Supreme Court, the Supreme Court agreed with Scotland, but falling short of saying that the PM could not prorogue for political reasons (the Court ruled, instead, thath he had been disingenuous in the reasons given the Queen for the prorogation).
We were able to sit in the very courtroom where that ruling was handed down on 24 Sept, while we learned about UK constitutional law (yes, there IS such a thing), before several of the students were able to go watch Lady Hale herself in a case currently being argued!