Promoting Justice /
Protecting Rights

When: 10am-4pm, Monday 4 March 2019.

Where: Moot Court Room, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast.

This one-day conference from BrexitLawNI and the Equality Coalition will examine the risks of hardened entitlement boundaries between different groups of citizens in post-Brexit Northern Ireland. The existing paradigm of two main citizenship categories (EU and non-EU) will be expanded to include many more sub-divisions should the current Brexit proposals proceed (as is shown in the table below).

Topics explored at the conference will include: entitlements differentials, citizenship status and rights, racial profiling, compliance with the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, ‘hostile environment’ measures, the scope of the ‘Common Travel Area’, and the retained EU citizens’ rights provisions under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Explanatory notes – Brexit Day: end of the Brexit transition period (planned for December 2020). CTA: Common Travel Area. EU Settlement Scheme: new scheme provided for under the Withdrawal Agreement for EU citizens wishing to apply for ‘settled status’ to remain in the UK after Brexit.


The conference will include input from a wide range of experts.

Chairs and facilitators: Prof Colin Harvey (BrexitLawNI & QUB), Patricia McKeown (Equality Coalition & UNISON), Daniel Holder (Equality Coalition & CAJ), Prof Kieran McEvoy (QUB), Dr Anna Bryson (QUB), Brian Gormally (CAJ).

Panel on the implications of Brexit for EU26, EEA and non-EU migrants in NI: Bernadette McAliskey (STEP), Una Boyd (CAJ Immigration Project Coordinator), Nathalie Donnelly (UNISON).

Panel on the implications of Brexit for British and Irish citizens in NI: Emma DeSouza (campaigner), Jane Morrice (UK member of the EU ESSC Committee), Terry Wright (community unionist), Niall Murphy (solicitor).

There will also be a panel of political representatives. The full conference programme is available here.

Unfortunately, this event is now at full capacity. To be placed on a waiting list, please email

The Equality Coalition is Co-Convened by CAJ and UNISON. BrexitLawNI is a collaborative ESRC-funded research project between CAJ and the Law Schools of Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.

This event is supported by the UNISON Campaign Fund and Queen’s University Belfast.



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