SCIL presents: Brexit: Reconciling Political Drama and Legal Realities

18 October 2017


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Speaker: Associate Professor Armin Cuyvers, Leiden University

Brexit means Brexit, as Theresa May keeps reminding us. Yet as political rhetoric has to be transformed into legally and practically workable treaties, we need to move beyond tautology. Based on my research as well as my advisory work for the European Commission and the Dutch government, this presentation first gives a brief overview of the main obstacles and legal challenges facing Brexit. For example, how to legally arrange an orderly exit, with or without a transition period, how to retain sufficient market access without the UK remaining in the EU internal market, or how to ensure effective enforcement and compliance without full jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice? And what about the rights of EU and UK citizens, the financial obligations of the UK post-Brexit or the Irish border? Secondly, and although answers are in much shorter supply than questions at this stage, the presentation will discuss some of the options being floated to prevent a 'hard Brexit', which does exist and unfortunately is becoming an increasingly realistic scenario.

As Brexit raises so many questions, however, the presentation aims to be highly interactive, leaving sufficient space for debate on specific issues that may of particular interest from the Australian perspective.

About the speaker

Armin Cuyvers is an Associate Professor of European Law at the Europa Instituut of Leiden University. He previously was a visiting researcher at Berkeley, Stanford, Hastings Law School and Bilgi University, Istanbul, as well as a visiting fellow at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) the in-house think tank of Commission President Juncker. Armin regularly provides legal advice to public and private parties on different fields of EU law. His research largely focusses on EU constitutional law and theory, sovereignty, Brexit, (con)federalism and the euro, often in a comparative perspective. He has been published in several leading international journals, including the Common Market Law Review, the European Law Journal and the European Constitutional Law Review.

CPD Points: 1

This event is proudly hosted by the Sydney Centre for International Law at The University of Sydney Law School.


Time: 1-2pm

Location: Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown, University of Sydney

Cost: Complimentary, however registration is essential.

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

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