Entitled ‘Brexit and the Irish Border: What are the Rule of Law Implications?’ the event was held on Monday 25 June 2018 and was organised by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.
Hosted by Bindmans LLP Solicitors, in central London, the material for the event stated:
‘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 will be 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 will be chaired by Robin Lustig, journalist and former presenter of BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight.
The event has been 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.’
To read about the event on Bindmans LLP Solicitors’ website, click here. Further information can be found on Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law's website, click here.
To listen to the podcast of the event, click here. Dr Morgan can be heard from 31 minutes.