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The Island of Ireland in the draft withdrawal Agreement – Dagmar Schiek

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Professor Schiek offers a first legal political assessment of the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in the draft withdrawal agreement from legal perspectives. She concludes that the EU Commission’s proposal on the one hand constitutes a major compromise, in that a sectoral approach to the EU Internal Market is allowed for Northern Ireland alone, in order to avoid the need of a physical infrastructure at the border on the island of Ireland. On the other hand, the draft falls short of securing the all-island economy in the service sector, and also has shortcomings in maintaining the hybridity of identities in Northern Ireland as aspired by the 1998 Agreement (also known as Good Friday or Belfast Agreement). TREUP Occasional Paper 3 (2018) An updated version taking into account the provisional agreements between the EU Commission’s and UK government’s negotiation parties on 19 March, is available here :The island of Ireland and the UK in Withdrawal Agreement Draft 19 March 2018 Schiek

Human Rights in a Changing Europe – Colliding Spheres of Justice? 15/06/2018

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Join key note speakers Dr. Evelyn Collins (NI Equality Commission, EQUINET) and Dr. Daniel Sarmiento (Universidad Complutense Madrid), in panels on “Equality and Social Justice” and “Human Rights versus Criminal Justice?”  on the two European human rights regimes, their relevance for constitutionalisation of Europe, and for the UK after ‘Brexit’. The call for papers is now closed. To register for this free event, click HERE, or the full programme, click HERE.

*This is a Bar Council’s recognised CPD event. 

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Economic & Monetary Union & Social Justice (26/01/18) – report now available

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Chaired by Prof Dagmar Schiek (QUB), and with presentations by Prof Ulla Neergaard (Copenhagen), Prof Fabian Amtenbrink (Rotterdam) and Dr Bart Vanhercke (OSE, Brussels), the discussion  focused on whether the EU’s renewed social agenda, epitomised by the Pillar of Social Rights, can be aligned with the legal frame of Economic and Monetary Union, … Continue reading

New posts on Northern Ireland and the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

By Dagmar Schiek,

In a recent extensive working paper Billy Melo Araujo examines the role of devolved governments in negotiating the UK’s new relationship with the European Union, adding a post-scriptum on the negotiators’ joint report of December 2017 ( http://go.qub.ac.uk/Melo-Araujo-Post-Brex-FTA ).  In a shorter blog for the UK in a Changing Europe, Dagmar Schiek discusses the options of avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland considering the positioning of the UK government in addition to the negotiators’ report (http://ukandeu.ac.uk/will-the-irish-question-be-solved/ ).