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Brexit and the Irish Border: What are the Rule of Law Implications?

25th June 2018

Time: 18:00-19:30 (Registration 17:30)
Followed by a drinks reception

Venue: Bindmans LLP, 236 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8HB

The UK-EU agreement of December 2017 saw an undertaking that both parties would avoid a "hard border" in Ireland following Brexit. To achieve this in the event of the UK leaving the customs union and the single market, UK Government papers have explored the use of modern technology as an alternative to traditional border posts with passport checks and goods inspection. Yet even the Sweden/Norway customs border, often cited as a model, has some physical infrastructure and border checks.

Questions arise as to whether new border arrangements can be delivered in a manner that is consistent with Rule of Law values including legal certainty, which is vital for trade, and equality and human rights in the context of the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

These questions were addressed by our panel of experts:

  • Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Dr Austen Morgan, 33 Bedford Row Chambers
  • Dr Janice Morphet, University College London
  • Professor Henrik Wenander, Lund University, Sweden

The discussion was chaired by Robin Lustig, journalist and former presenter of BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight.

The event was convened by Stephen Grosz QC, Bindmans LLP and External Fellow of the Bingham Centre, and Dr Jan van Zyl Smit, Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

Download presentations from the event

Dr Austen Morgan

Dr Janice Morphet

Professor Henrik Wenander

There is now a podcast of the event available

Pricing and Registration

Free to attend. Advance registration is required.

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This event offers the equivalent of 1.5 CPD hours.

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