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The Brexit Debate – EU Integration or Disintegration?

  • Date: Thursday 9 June, 2016

  • Time: 6.00-7.30pm

  • Venue: JM Synge Theatre, Room 2039, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

brexitThe School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, in association with TRISS (Trinity Research in the Social Sciences), hosted a critical analysis of some of the key political, legal and economic issues relating to the question being put to UK voters on June 23, 2016: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?"

The distinguishing feature of the research undertaken in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy is the combination of important real world questions, state of the art conceptual models and cutting-edge methods and analytical tools. Speakers at this event will include academics with specific research expertise in the EU, global governance and Irish and international economics.

Event Overview

The debate on Brexit focuses on the economic and political consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union but should the debate be set in the context of the alternative to the EU in terms of common rules and regulations for when nations interact?  Will the strong economic case for the United Kingdom to remain within the EU be strong enough that other factors might not take precedence? And what of the legal consequences of a Brexit, will the UK have to accept a similar system to the European Court of Justice, even if it exits from the EU?

Event Chair

mcelroyProfessor Gail McElroy

Gail McElroy is Professor of Political Science and Head of the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Her primary research interests are in the fields of legislative behaviour and party politics. Gail is also actively involved in the Irish National Election Study and the Irish Candidates Study and recent published work in this area explores the continued under-representation of women in Irish politics. Current work examines the differences in political ambition amongst Irish men and women and also the policy emphasis of men and women in the Dáil, as revealed in speeches.

Event Speakers

Mr Francis Jacobs - "The Brexit Referendum - The aftermath and the stakes for the European Union"

jacobsFrancis Brendan Jacobs worked for the European Parliament from just before direct elections in 1979 until the end of April 2016. Much of his career was as a staff member on the European Parliament's Committees on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy, on Rules and on Constitutional Affairs, as well as on the Temporary Committee on German Unification. From 2000-2006 Francis headed up the secretariat of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and took part in many UN Conferences on climate change. From 2006-2016 he was the head of the European Parliament's Information Office in Ireland.

Professor John O'Hagan - "No Better Alternative to EU Identified: The Fatal Flaw in the Brexit Debate"

ohaganJohn O'Hagan is a Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author or editor of numerous books,reports and articles on the economy of Ireland, and in recent years has specialised in the economics of culture in Europe. He is editor of the popular Economy of Ireland book, now in its twelfth edition, which surveys all major changes in the Irish economy. He also authored the monograph, Shared Economic Sovereignty: Beneficial or Not and Who Decides, Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin 2013. Prof O'Hagan is also a regular contributor to the Irish media on current political economy issues:

wycherleyProfessor Michael Wycherley - "The Costs and Benefits of Brexit"

Michael Wycherley is Assistant Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests include macroeconomics, growth and international economics. Current work examines the interactions between eurozone monetary policy and labour and product market institutions. He lectures on EU economic policymaking as well as international economics.

Professor William Phelan - "The European Court of Justice and Brexit"

phelanWilliam Phelan is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on international organization, the politics of international law, and the European Court of Justice. Professor Phelan's book In Place of Inter-State Retaliation: The European Union's Rejection of WTO-style Trade Sanctions and Trade Remedies offers a new explanation of the role of the European Court of Justice in the European legal order, and was published in 2015 by Oxford University Press.


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