The Chief Justice of Ireland has highlighted the potential impacts of a no-deal Brexit on the international legal system.
Speaking at a seminar in Fordham University in New York last night, Mr Justice Frank Clarke said a "no deal" would give rise to great difficulties in relation to legal issues involving the UK and other EU member states, or outside third parties, such as US corporations.
Mr Justice Clarke said that Ireland could become a safe haven for many international disputes, as the only full common law country in the EU.
He said that the Irish legal system would be very well placed for this because the language of the Irish courts will continue to be English and Ireland will remain a member of the European Union.
Mr Justice Clarke described these as advantages that are not shared by any other jurisdiction.
"Ireland can provide, not least for those outside the EU in the common law world, a safe haven.
"In a time of great uncertainty I would like to think that this safe haven may prove to be a significant advantage," he said.
Mr Justice Clarke said there would be opportunities for the Irish legal system to act in a significantly expanded way as a location for international dispute resolution.
He added that the Irish courts, and Irish litigators, would not be found wanting if called on to take on significant additional international work.