International Brexit Conference to be held in Henry Grattan

DCU are bringing together Europe’s leading experts and key-policy makers to discuss the law and politics of Brexit at an international conference on Thursday.



Prof. Federico Fabbrini, in the Department of Law and Government, organised the conference to provide academic discussion on policies to facilitate a Brexit from the 20th to the 21st of April.


During the two day-event, the conference will hold panel discussions which will examine the various consequences of Brexit. These include how Brexit will effect Northern Ireland and Ireland’s relationship with Britain.


It will also discuss how Brexit will be applied legally and politically, the impact Brexit will have on the UK government and whether they will be able to maintain prosperous communication with the EU.


“Exchanging views on various aspects of Brexit with colleagues and people with different geographical and professional backgrounds is quite important in view of the impact of Brexit and uncertainties surrounding the process,” said Giorgio Sacerdoti, Professor of International Trade Law at Bocconi University Milan who will be speaking at the conference.


It is appropriated that DCU will host the forum as President of DCU, Brian MacCraith, recently warned hopeful incoming Leaving Cert students that CAO points could rise due to the influence of Brexit.


“Brexit is definitely the greatest change in Ireland’s international relations since 1973, it may be the greatest since 1922” and as a result of the conference, “I expect a greater understanding of the intertwining of politics and law in the debate, process and possible aftermath of Brexit,” said Prof. Iain McMenamin, Chair of the constitutional change discussion in DCU.


The Law and Politics of Brexit, International Conference will take place in room CG86 in DCU’s Henry Grattan building and is open to all members of the public.


This conference is the result of UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, officially triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on the 29th of March this year.

Lauren Ennis