Why Brexit shouldn’t be the end of referendums

11 June 2019
Lea Raible in Law

It is, I think, fair to say that Brexit is not going well. Some even think that it is a ‘complete and unmitigated mess’. No doubt at least in part for this reason, there has been a flurry of commentary arguing that such momentous a decision should not have been taken by way of referendum (for a summary of, as well as an argument against this narrative see here). This is a tempting conclusion. But I do not think it is right.

Lea Raible

Lea is an Assistant Professor in International Law. Before coming to Maastricht, she held an Early Career Fellowship in International Law at the University of Edinburgh and taught at University College London and the University of Zurich. She holds a PhD in Law from University College London.


Her research concerns questions about the value of territory and political community (or lack thereof) in international and comparative constitutional law. In particular, she is interested in the extraterritorial application of human rights obligations and the constitutional management of secessions, including through referendums. Her work cuts across international and constitutional law, as well as legal and political philosophy.