The ICEL and the School of Law in Queen’s University Belfast were delighted to hold this event on the Ireland-Northern Ireland Protocol to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Conference. The seminar series took place in an online format over six days between 25 November 2020 and 2 December 2020 and was chaired by Professor Christopher McCrudden of Queen’s University Belfast.

The first seminar of the series addressed “EU Governance of the Protocol” and took place on 25 November 2020 from 1 pm until 2pm. Speakers at this seminar were:

  • Dr Thomas Liefländer, European Commission
  • Professor Daniel Halberstam, University of Michigan Law School
  • Professor Catherine Barnard, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

The second seminar in the series addressed “UK/Northern Ireland Governance of the Protocol” and took place on 26 November 2020 from 1pm until 2pm. Speakers at this seminar were:

  • Professor Stephen Weatherhill, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford
  • Professor Gordon Anthony, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Margaret Gray SC, QC, Law Library and Brick Court Chambers

The third seminar in the series will address “Fundamental Rights in the Protocol” and took  place on 27 November 2020 from 1 pm until 2pm. Speakers at this seminar  were:

  • Dr Stephen Brittain, ICEL and Law Library
  • Professor Christopher McCrudden, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Evelyn Collins CBE, Chief Executive, Equality Commission of Northern Ireland
  • Les Allamby, Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
  • Dr John Temple Lang, ICEL and Trinity College Dublin

The fourth seminar in the series addressed “Citizenship and Free Movement in the Protocol” and took place on 30 November 2020 from midday until 1pm. Speakers at this seminar were:

  • Professor Imelda Maher, Dean of Law, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin
  • Professor Colin Harvey, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Professor Colin Murray, School of Law, Newcastle Law School
  • Professor Tobias Lock, Department of Law, Maynooth University

The fifth seminar in the series addressed “Goods, Customs, and the Single Market in the Protocol” and took place on 1 December 2020 from 1pm until 2pm. Speakers at this seminar were:

  • Ciarán Toland SC, Law Library
  • Dr Anna Jerzewska, Trade and Borders
  • Dr Mary Dobbs, Department of Law, Maynooth University
  • George Peretz QC, Monckton Chambers

The sixth seminar in the series consisted of a round table discussion on“The Next Year…and Beyond” and took place on 2 December 2020 from 1 pm until 2 pm. Speakers at the seminar were:

  • Dr Katy Hayward, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Professor Federico Fabbrini, Dublin City University
  • Professor Dagmar Schiek, University College Cork
  • Tony Connolly, RTÉ
  • Rory Montgomery, Honorary Professor of Practice, Mitchell Institute, Queen’s University Belfast.

The programme for the seminar series is available here.