Brexit: The International Legal Implications is a series examining the political, economic, social and legal storm that was unleashed by the United Kingdom's June 2016 referendum vote and the government's response to it. After decades of strengthening European integration and independence, the giving of notice under article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union forces the UK government and the European Union to address the complex challenge of unravelling the many threads that bind them, and to chart a new course of separation and autonomy. A consequence of European integration is that aspects of UK foreign affairs have become largely the purview of Brussels, but Brexit necessitates a deep understanding of its international law implications on both sides of the English Channel, in order to chart the stormy seas of negotiating and advancing beyond separation. The paper series features international law practitioners and academics from the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and Europe, explaining the challenges that need to be addressed in the diverse fields of trade, financial services, insolvency, intellectual property, environment and human rights.
The project leaders are Oonagh E. Fitzgerald, Director of the International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI); and Eva Lein, Professor at the University of Lausanne and Senior Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL). The series will be published as a book entitled Complexity's Embrace: The International Law Implications of Brexit in spring 2018.
- Paper No. 1: Brexit and International Trade: One Year after the Referendum
- Paper No. 2: Renegotiating the EU-UK Trade Relationship: Lessons from NAFTA
- Paper No. 3: UK Patent Law and Copyright Law after Brexit: Potential Consequences
- Paper No. 4: Brexit and Financial Services: Navigating through the Complexity of Exit Scenarios
- Paper No. 5: Squaring the Circle: The Search for an Accommodation between the European Union and the United Kingdom
- Paper No. 6: Lessons from Brexit: Reconciling International and Constitutional Aspirations
- Paper No. 7: The Effect of Brexit on Trademarks, Designs and Other "Europeanized" Areas of Intellectual Property Law in the United Kingdom
- Paper No. 8: Brexit and International Environmental Law