Northern Ireland at the Edge – what next after “BREXIT” (15 Sep, 13:50)

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This half-day event focused on the consequences of the UK’s future relationship with Ireland, north and south, including the potential of the EU’s external border crossing the island of Ireland, options for maintaining EU membership and potential lessons from Liechtenstein, Greenland and Switzerland. A joint endeavour with the Royal Irish Academy and “The UK in a Changing EU”.  Video podcasts of the main points, a report and a policy paper are now available.15 September conference final reportPolicy brief Northern Ireland at the Edge what next after BREXIT


1.50–2.15 Registration and Refreshments (Reception Foyer, floor 1)

2.15–2.30 Opening and Introduction (Moot Court Room, floor 2):

John Morison MRIA, Professor of Law, Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), UK; Royal Irish Academy

David Phinnemore, Professor of European Politics, Jean Monnet Chair European Political Science, QUB, UK

2.30–3.30 Inside, Outside and the possibilities of ‘special status’

  • Jo Shaw, Salvesen Chair of European Institutions, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Trevor Redmond, Assistant Legal Adviser, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland
  • Ulrik Pram Gad, Ass. Professor Cultural & Global Studies, Alborg University, Denmark

Chair Dagmar Schiek, Professor of Law, Jean Monnet ad personam Chair EU Law & Policy, QUB, UK

3.30–3.45 Break

3.45–4.45 Alternatives to EU membership—EEA, EFTA and special arrangements

  • Sieglinde Gstöhl, Professor & Director of Studies, College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium
  • Ulf Sverdrup, PhD, Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Norway
  • Christine Kaddous, Professor & Director of the Centre d’études juridiques européennes (CEJE) of the University of Geneva, Switzerland

Chair Lee McGowan, PhD, Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration, QUB, UK

4.45–5.00 Conclusions

Rory Montgomery, Second Secretary General, EU Division, Department of the Taoiseach


download a flyer here: Northern Ireland at the Edge – 15 Sept 16

This event is co-organised by the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Tensions at the EU Fringes (TREUP) at Queen’s University Belfast, in cooperation with “The UK in a Changing Europe”.

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