Online seminar with Prof. Colin Harvey (Queen’s University Belfast)

Topic: Planning and Preparing for Constitutional Change: The State of the Conversation

Thursday 05th May 2022,
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Full recording of the webinar here:

The fourth seminar in QUB School of Law and DCU School of Law and Government Joint Seminar series: “Reflections on a United Ireland”.

The intensified interest in questions about the constitutional future of the island of Ireland is difficult to deny. The evolving dynamics of Brexit, and wider political trends, are creating the conditions for frequent speculation and much debate. This is often framed in the cautious language of advance planning, with widespread recognition of the need for detailed preparatory work. The aim of this seminar is to consider the state of these discussions, the existing work, what remains to be done, and reflect on ways forward. The different discursive frameworks deployed suggest varying views on how this work should be practically advanced, and what should be prioritised. The suggestion here is that whatever timescale emerges, the preparatory effort remains valuable and will prove essential when the formal process begins. The last seminar in this series will be on 09 June by Prof John Doyle. (Dublin City University)

Previous webinars can be accessed here.

Speaker Bio:
Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, a Fellow of the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Irish Studies. Further information available here.

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