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LLX round table on “Brexit, parliaments and the road ahead”

  • Prof. Gavin Phillipson
  • Maya Lester QC
  • Dr. Thomas Beukers
  • Dr. Hanneke van Eijken
Tuesday 22 January 2019
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden

The Europa Institute of Leiden Law School organizes an expert roundtable, the so-called Leiden Law Exchange (LLX) on: “Brexit, parliaments and the road ahead”.

The aim of the LLX meetings is to facilitate the exchange of ideas on current issues of EU law between academics, policy makers and other stakeholders. Very few topics have been occupying the minds of politicians, law and policy makers, businesses and the general public, as the impending exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. With the conclusion of the negotiations on the withdrawal agreement the ball is now firmly in the court of the British parliament. Following the withdrawal agreement, negotiations will have to start on a permanent settlement which will ultimately have to be ratified by all national parliaments as well. At the same time, preparations are being put in place for the event of a hard Brexit. Here one can expect a key role for the executive, which begs the question of democratic control.

Four eminent speakers will provide a short introduction from their respective field of expertise after which the floor will be opened for discussion. Chatham House Rule applies.

1. Prof. Gavin Phillipson
Gavin Phillipson has been Professor of Constitutional Law since 2007, from January 2019 at Bristol University, previously at Durham University. He has written extensively on Article 50 and his work was cited by the UK Supreme Court in the Miller case, which decided the UK's 'constitutional requirements' for triggering Article 50. Since October 2018 he has been working in the House of Commons Library (a research and analysis unit), assisting in the briefing of MPs on the constitutional implications of the Brexit process, especially Parliament's role in approving the withdrawal agreement with the EU.

2. Maya Lester QC
Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, and human rights.  She regularly appears in leading cases in the courts and tribunals of England, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. She was ranked as a 'Thought Leader' for Brexit by Who's Who Legal 2018, & regularly advises on the emerging legislative framework for Brexit. Maya’s impressive range of cases includes Wightman, the ECJ reference on whether the Brexit trigger in Article 50 TFEU is revocable, where she successfully argued that the UK notification was revocable

3. Dr. Thomas Beukers
Thomas Beukers is a Senior Legal Advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, supporting the Brexit Task Force. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Law Department of the European University Institute.

4. Dr. Hanneke van Eijken
Hanneke van Eijken is a Senior Legal Advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, supporting the Brexit Task Force. She is also an Assistant Professor of EU law at the University of Utrecht.

The meeting is by invitation only.

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