The Latest and Greatest Challenges of Brexit

Thursday, May 3, 2018 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Goodenough College, London House - Great Hall, Mecklenburgh Square, London, United Kingdom
Public Event: Conference
May 3

In partnership with the British Institute of International Comparative Law, the Centre for International Governance Innovation is pleased to host a one-day conference on the current issues and challenges of Brexit negotiations and their international law implications. 

An unprecedented political, economic, social and legal storm was unleashed by the United Kingdom’s June 2016 referendum vote. After decades of the United Kingdom strengthening European integration and independence, those in favour of Brexit marginally won. Now comes the complex challenge of unravelling the many threads that bind them.

Join us for a high-level discussion, as leaders from around the world share their diverse expertise in international law, academia, public and private industries, and media. Experts will weigh in on how to chart the stormy seas of negotiations on both sides of the English Channel and the potential implications of Brexit, as well as answer questions throughout the event. 

The conference will close with a cocktail reception to celebrate the launch of the CIGI-BIICL book collaboration, Complexity’s Embrace: The International Law Implications of Brexit.  


Time Session
13:00 - 13:30


13:30 - 13:40

Welcome and Introduction

  • Oonagh Fitzgerald
  • Eva Lein
13:45 - 14:45 Renegotiating the UK-EU Trade Relationship
  • Moderator: Charlie Cooper, Brexit Correspondent, Politico EU
  • Christophe Bondy
  • Thomas Cottier
  • Armand de Mestral
  • David Gantz
14:50 - 15:45

Financial Services: Navigating through the Complexity of Exit Scenarios

  • Moderator: Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Financial Times
  • Simon Gleeson
  • Maziar Peihani
  • Etay Katz
15:50 - 16:10 Tea Break
16:10 - 16:40

Intellectual Property and the Potential Outcomes for Innovation

  • Morag MacDonald
  • Spyros Maniatis
  • Marc Mimler
16:45 - 17:15

Brexit and Environmental Protection

  • Moderator: Kait Bolognaro, Reporter, Politico EU
  • Markus Gehring
  • Richard Macrory
  • Speaker #3 TBD
17:20 - 18:30

Human Rights and Constitutional Law

  • Sophie Barrett-Brown
  • Oonagh Fitzgerald 
  • Tobias Lock
  • Colm O'Cinneide 
18:30 - 20:00 Reception and UK launch of publication Complexity's Embrace