Brexit and Rights in Northern Ireland: The Role of the EU-27

5.5 CPD Points (Barristers) 5.5 General CPD Points (Solicitors)

The ICEL is delighted to organise this full-day conference in collaboration with our colleagues at Queen’s University Belfast to facilitate and stimulate meaningful dialogue on the complex legal issues facing Northern Ireland as Brexit negotiations intensify.

Topics addressed will include the future role of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, UK withdrawal Treaty and how to maintain the status quo and mirror existing rights, the role of a Bill of Rights in the Brexit context and the potential remedies that will be available in respect of enforcement and implementation in the withdrawal Treaty. There will also be a panel discussion on matters raised during the day with key stakeholders in the field. This event will bring together a range of leading experts from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom to discuss this complex and important aspect of current Brexit negotiations.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 from 9.45am (Registration from 9.15am) to 5.30pm.

Confirmed chairs, speakers and topics so far include:


The Hon. Mrs Justice Fidelma Macken, Chair
Professor Christopher McCrudden, Queen’s University Belfast, Introduction, overview, and the main issues
Dr John Temple Lang, formerly of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP, Brussels, The Future Role of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
Brian Doherty, former Solicitor, Departmental Solicitor’s Office, Belfast, Content of Rights – An analysis of the International Withdrawal Treaty – how to maintain the status quo and mirror existing rights
Colin Caughey, NI Human Rights Commission, Comment


The Hon. Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell, Chair,
Professor Colin Harvey, Queen’s University Belfast, Brexit and the Future of Human Rights in Northern Ireland: Ways Forward?

Paddy Kelly, Children’s Law Centre, Comment

Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Queen Mary University of London, Remedies – Requirements for enforcement and implementation in the Withdrawal Treaty and at domestic level

Professor Kenneth Armstrong, Cambridge University, Comment


Professor Anne Smith, University of Ulster, Chair

Evelyn Collins, Equality Commission NI

Dr Claire McCann, NI Human Rights Consortium

Michael Farrell, Solicitor

Dr Ruth Gallagher, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

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