The continuing battle to safeguard citizens’ rights after Brexit

Amidst the political drama coming from Westminster in recent weeks, the issue of citizens’ rights now seems to have been nearly eclipsed from public debate. But it is precisely these citizens (EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU) who stand to be affected the most – their lives in some cases shattered – as a result of the political chaos Brexit has brought upon this country.

This Goldsmiths Law/Britain in Europe thinktank round table event will, in partnership with the Brexit Brits Abroad project, take stock of defeats and victories in the continuing battle to safeguard citizens’ rights after Brexit, and will look into the difficult path ahead.

Key issues explored will include:

  • the story so far (the battle for the recognition of rights);
  • Brexit’s impact on citizens’ freedom of movement;
  • Brexit’s impact on citizens’ right to stay and work;
  • the rights of family members;
  • Brexit’s impact on particular industries, e.g. NHS, UKHE

The event will bring together academic experts from a range of disciplines, NGO experts, legal professionals and members of advocacy groups and civil rights organisations which have taken an active part in the debate on citizens’ rights after Brexit.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof Brad Blitz, Director, British Academy Programme, Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business; Professor of International Politics, Middlesex University
  • Tamara Flanagan OBE, Head of projects, New Europeans
  • Dr Marie Godin, Research Fellow, EU Families and “Eurochildren” in Brexiting Britain (University of Birmingham)
  • Prof Charlotte O’Brien (University of York); Director, EU Rights Project
  • Megan Corton Scott, Head of Brussels Office, Mary Honeyball MEP
  • Dr Adrienne Yong (City University)
  • Dr Michaela Benson, chair (Brexit research leader at The UK in a Changing Europe and Director, Brexit Brits Abroad project)
  • Prof Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, Head of Law, Goldsmiths University of London and Director, Britain in Europe think tank.

Register here.

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