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This week’s event announcement is below.


ICON-S British-Irish Chapter Annual Conference

The United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union (?)

Domestic and European Constitutional Implications

University of Strathclyde, 24 – 25 April 2019


The UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU involves a major change to – and major test of – the UK’s constitutional arrangements, the precise implications of which remain unclear.  It is also an event of profound significance for the UK’s closest neighbour, Ireland, and for the EU itself.  Barring a decision to delay or revoke the Article 50 process, the UK will cease to be a member of the EU on 29 March 2019.  This conference will mark the UK’s withdrawal from the EU by reflecting on the constitutional legacy (for the UK, Ireland, and the EU) of 45 years of UK membership of the EU, the constitutional implications of the conduct of the withdrawal process, the likely impact of Brexit on the UK’s domestic constitutional order, and the constitutional significance of post-Brexit relationships with Ireland, with the EU, with new trading partners, and with other external organisations, such as the Council of Europe.

Keynote and plenary speakers:

Professor Martin Loughlin, London School of Economics

Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Queen Mary University of London

Professor Jo Murkens, London School of Economics

Professor Rosa Greaves, University of Glasgow, University of Oslo

Call for Abstracts:

The organisers invite suggestions for papers or panels on the following (or any related) themes:

  1. Brexit and the UK constitution
    • The constitutional legacy of EU membership;
    • The constitutional significance of retained EU law;
    • Brexit and the territorial constitution;
    • Fundamental rights protection after Brexit;
    • The role of Parliament in the Brexit process;
    • Constitutional referendums and the constitutional role of the people;
    • The UK constitution under stress – lessons of the Brexit process.
  1. Ireland and the Irish border
    • The implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland;
    • UK-Irish relations after Brexit;
    • Irish reunification.
  1. Brexit and the European Union
  • Brexit and the future of European integration;
  • The UK’s impact on the European Union.
  1. The UK’s external relations after Brexit – constitutional implications
    • The UK’s future relationship with the EU;
    • International trade and the UK constitution;
    • The other legal Europe – implications of Brexit for the ECHR.

Proposals for papers (up to 300 words) or panels (up to 300 words outlining the theme of the panel and up to 300 words for each paper) should be submitted by email to iconsgbie@gmail.com by Friday 15 February 2019.


Conference fee: £40 (£20 student rate)

Registration details will be published once the call for abstracts has closed.

Oran Doyle, Aileen McHarg and Alison Young (Co-Chairs of the ICON-S British-Irish Chapter)