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Edinburgh Law School in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast Law School present:


A Roundtable on: Rights and Devolution After Brexit


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Brexit poses challenges for the protection of rights in the devolved parts of the UK with many rights no longer underpinned by EU obligations. Future attempts at human rights reform will therefore see the Westminster Parliament able to legislate freely not only on the Human Rights Act, but rights currently protected by EU law. While the more general consequences of Brexit for rights protection are well rehearsed, the additional complexities posed by devolution are under-appreciated.


There is a tendency to consider rather complex questions of reserved and devolved competences through a centralised lens. This is particularly true for the Northern Irish context where international obligations undertaken in the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement complicate things further. But even in the Scottish and Welsh contexts, a traditional centralist view of constitutional arrangements is not shared by many scholars in the devolved nations and is no longer appropriate. Indeed, Brexit has focused awareness in the devolved nations that rights protection can and should happen through devolved legislation. The incorporation of the UN Children’s Rights Convention in Wales and the recent inauguration of the Scottish First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership are examples for this development.


This roundtable will be divided into two parts: it will first provide an overview of how Brexit is affecting devolution in Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland; and will then address more specific questions on how rights can and ought to be protected at the devolved levels.


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Part I: Brexit and Devolution


“Brexit and Northern Ireland” (Dr Amanda Kramer, Queen’s University Belfast)
“Brexit and Wales” (Dr Huw Pritchard, Cardiff University)
“Brexit and Scotland” (Dr Tobias Lock, University of Edinburgh)


Part II: Rights Protection at the Devolved Levels


“Brexit and rights under the Good Friday Agreement” (Dr Alan Greene, University of Birmingham)
“Time for devolved bills of rights?” (Dr Kirsteen Shields, University of Edinburgh)
“Incorporating international human rights in a devolved context” (Dr Kasey McCall Smith, University of Edinburgh)
“Criminal law cooperation and devolution after Brexit” (Dr Anni Pues, University of Glasgow)



This roundtable wants to inform and stimulate debate on these questions. It is aimed at policy makers, policy shapers and all those working in a rights environment.


It is the second of three roundtables organised by the Brexit and Rights Engagement Network (BREN), the first having been held at Edinburgh University in July. BREN is a network of early-careers legal scholars working in the areas of rights, devolution, and Brexit. The network – supported by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award and led by Dr Tobias Lock of Edinburgh Law School - aims to provide younger scholars to share the findings of their research with an audience outside the academy. The final roundtable will take place in London.



This event is free, but registration is required.


Supported by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award



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