About the Series

In June 2016, the United Kingdom voted by a narrow margin in favour of leaving the European Union. This initiated an unprecedented political, economic, social, constitutional and legal crisis that continues unabated as the date of anticipated departure — March 29, 2019 — rapidly approaches. In this series, international law experts from Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, comment on Brexit’s international and domestic law and governance implications. Their commentaries consider a wide range of subjects: trade, financial services, cross-border insolvency, intellectual property rights, environmental law and human rights. The analysis in this series should help politicians, policy makers, practitioners and civil society actors understand what is at stake in the Brexit negotiations, how to achieve a mutually satisfactory outcome to the negotiations, and what to do if such an agreement cannot be achieved.

In the Series


In Search of a Post-Brexit Trade Policy

The United Kingdom can't survive on bilateral agreements alone

A Bespoke Free Trade Agreement Won't Benefit Many Brits

Post-Brexit UK consumers are likely to pay more for everything from imported produce to automobiles unless the United Kingdom opts for a Customs Union

Brexit's Impact Will Reach Overseas

If North America and Europe don't set high standards for trade, others will set them lower

London's Financial Firms Will Suffer Post-Brexit

The European Union will keep the gate open for British financial services only as long as it needs them

How Brexit Could Undermine Human Rights

Well-established human rights standards are at risk of revision and repeal

Financial Recovery Process at Risk in a "Cliff-edge" Brexit

Defaulting to World Trade Organization rules would be a far cry from the rules of the EU single market

UK Environmental Law Is in Uncharted Waters

Even in a best-case scenario, the United Kingdom will face challenges in developing environmental law

Brexit Could Be a Setback for Environmental Justice in the United Kingdom

According to the UN, the United Kingdom is drifting further from key environmental principles

Environmental Law Could Face Pressure Post-Brexit

Free trade deals could influence weakened environmental laws in the United Kingdom

Disentangling Intellectual Property Law Post-Brexit

Brexit will have a profound effect on trademark and design law in the United Kingdom

Where Brexit's Bold Slogans Fall Flat

The United Kingdom could "take back control" of intellectual property law — but it probably won't

Deep-rooted Environmental Law Will Burden Brexit

Transposing EU law might foster stability, but it won’t happen easily

Is No Deal the Only Deal for Brexit?

Theresa May had power to give notice of intent to withdraw from the European Union, but she needs Parliament’s authority to leave