Brexit and Northern Ireland: The Constitutional, Conflict Transformation, Human Rights and Equality Consequences

Lead Research Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Department Name: Sch of Law

Abstract

RESEARCH CONTEXT

N. Ireland is the region of the UK most at risk from Brexit. Like Scotland, a majority voted to remain in the EU. This project is a collaboration between the Law Schools in Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University and the region's principal human rights organisation, the Committee on the Administration of Justice. It is designed to disentangle the legal elements of Brexit with regard to N. Ireland and to communicate the related policy and practice implications in user-friendly formats. The audiences to be addressed include parliamentarians and policymakers in NI, Britain, EU and the ROI, as well as wider civil society. We will focus on two broad and closely inter-connected areas (i) issues related to the constitutional position of N. Ireland and the process of conflict transformation and (ii) questions related to the protection of human rights and equality. One practical lesson gleaned from previous work is that policy development risks irrelevance if prepared in a vacuum that does not take account of legislative realities. To address that need, Greenberg (parliamentary draftsperson consultant) will provide practical legislative advice on all outputs, including discussions on identifying delivery opportunities and obstacles and where necessary, specific legislative provisions.

The EU has provided practical, financial and political support as well as essential legal protections for post-conflict N. Ireland. The constitutional arrangements in the Good Friday Agreement assumed common EU membership. Brexit risks arousing tensions around the land border and citizenship that have been moderated by EU membership. More generally, many view departure from the EU as having energised a culture of intolerance and disrespect, seen in the language of 'taking back control' (focused on immigration), and calls to repeal the Human Rights Act. The collapse of the N. Ireland Assembly in Jan 2017 renders the need for user-friendly non-partisan legal and policy advice on complex matters related to N. Ireland and Brexit all the more compelling.

AIM & OBJECTIVES

The aim is to provide clear legally informed policy advice with regard to six key challenges.

The objectives are:

1. To analyse the impact of Brexit on (a) the constitutional position of N. Ireland and the process of conflict transformation and (b) human rights and equality.
2. To review the legal, academic and policy literature.
3. To interview legal, political and policy actors in Belfast, London, Dublin and Brussels.
4. To hold 20-30 bilateral meetings across civil society.
5. To co-ordinate 6 town hall meetings.
6. To write 6 reports (20p max, with 3p executive brief), detailing the legal, political and legislative implications of Brexit and:
- the peace process
- North-south relations
- border controls and free movement in and between N. Ireland, the Republic and Britain
- xenophobia and racism
- socio-economic rights (especially employment rights)
- wider human rights and equality issues
7. To develop an ambitious media strategy
8. To develop an online and social media presence
9. To share the research at four public events in Belfast, Dublin, London and Brussels
10. To produce at least two scholarly outputs

POTENTIAL APPLICATION AND BENEFITS

The project will identify the constitutional, legal, human rights and equality aspects of Brexit for N. Ireland, the relevant obligations and the options for going forward. It will provide user-friendly advice on legal and legislative challenges and thus help inform the choices to be made. It will provide clarity on the underpinning assumptions of the Good Friday Agreement with particular reference to equality and human rights. The website will host reports, blogs, and thus provide an essential resource for civil society and policymakers. These insights will be shared through online, print and social media, complemented by conferences in Belfast, London, Dublin and Brussels.

Planned Impact

1. This is an initiative designed by academics from the Law Schools at both universities and the leading independent human rights organisation in N. Ireland (QUB-UU-CAJ). The project will assess systematically the impact of Brexit and provide clarification regarding its precise consequences.

2. The project will produce a series of six bespoke policy reports (20 page max, with three page executive brief), detailing the legal, political and legislative implications of Brexit for N. Ireland: Brexit and the peace process; Brexit and North-south relations; Brexit, border controls and free movement in and between N. Ireland, the Republic and Britain; Brexit, xenophobia and racism; Brexit and socio-economic rights (especially employment rights); Brexit and wider human rights and equality issues (including LGBTQ rights, anti-sectarianism, gender equality, children's rights).

3. A parliamentary draftsperson Daniel Greenberg will provide practical legislative advice on all policy-related work. In practice, this means that the proposed six policy outputs will include discussions on identifying delivery opportunities and obstacles and, where necessary, specific legislative provisions.

4. 20-30 bilateral meetings will be held with a wide range of stakeholders across civic society in N. Ireland.

5. A series of six town hall meetings will be held in N. Ireland targeted at local civil and political society.

6. The team will complete at least a dozen TV and radio interviews, four op ed pieces in leading print outlets and six online blogs over the course of the project.

7. The team will develop and implement an online and social media strategy including a project website and bespoke twitter account. QUB have agreed to host and maintain this for at least five years following the close of the project.

8. To team will disseminate the project findings at a major project conference in Belfast - as well as further satellite events in Dublin, London and Brussels.

9. The primary beneficiaries of this project will be the UK and Irish Governments; political parties in N. Ireland and the Republic (the project is supported by the Irish Government - see attachment letter); as well as civil servants and policy stakeholders in the EU, UK, N. Ireland and the Republic. The secondary beneficiaries will be civil society, human rights and equality groups and the trade union movement and employers and the business sector (e.g. regarding free movement of workers, employment law).

10. The project team has well-established and productive working relations with relevant officials in London, Dublin and Belfast, with individual Ministers and with political parties and individual politicians. Work produced by team members is widely regarded as authoritative and is respected. The project team is therefore well placed to advance this research and to achieve the stated impacts.

11. This is a collaborative project designed to maximise reach into N. Ireland civil society. CAJ is the leading independent human rights NGO in Northern Ireland which has won several major human rights prizes including the Council of Europe Human Rights Prize. CAJ co-convenes (with Unison) the Equality Coalition of 80 human rights and equality organisations.

12. Harvey, McEvoy, O'Connell, Gormally and Holder have extensive experience of public engagement and media work. Members of CAJ staff will be seconded to the research team both to contribute to the legal analysis and to assist in the engagement, advocacy and knowledge dissemination work. All of the impact case studies submitted by QUB and UU Law were graded 4* in REF 2014 (including those involving members of the current team).

13. The project team will work closely with Prof. Menon and colleagues to ensure maximum coordination with other projects funded by the current initiative.

Publications

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Description 1. BrexitLawNI responded well to the challenges of conducting a research project in the midst of an ongoing process wrapped within a broader constitutional crisis for the UK (and these islands). The project outcomes and the practical impact of our work exceeded our original expectations. The team produced accessible material throughout this project to inform the public, practitioners, as well as policymakers on the potential constitutional, conflict transformation, human rights and equality impacts of Brexit for Northern Ireland. The project team has developed an approach to public engagement that has facilitated the sharing of accessible materials on complex legal, constitutional and political questions to a non-specialist audience - this has included the extensive use of new media to inform the public debate.

2. The main outputs of this project took the form of six policy reports, each examining a different theme: the peace process; North-South relations; border controls and free movement; xenophobia and racism; socio-economic rights; and wider human rights and equality issues. These reports are all openly accessible via our website. However, we also delivered a significant range of other outputs with a particular focus on making these as accessible as possible to a non-specialist audience. The format of using blogs proved to be of particular value via the UK in a Changing Europe, QUB Policy Engagement, our own website (BrexitLawNI) and other outlets.

3. Our project reports include accessible summaries and further information about our main findings are available there. However, to summarise, first, we found evidence to support the view that Brexit creates a tangible risk to the peace process and further undermines the sort of future envisaged for Northern Ireland in the Good Friday Agreement - including the vital elements around North-South cooperation. This was apparent in our interviews, our stakeholder meetings and in the town hall events that we held. Second, our research supports the view that Brexit risks undermining significant human rights and equality guarantees. There was a danger that this aspect of Brexit would be neglected - our project was one part of the effort to ensure that this did not happen. Third, we unearthed a neglected aspect of this discussion: the risk that Northern Ireland would become 'one big border' after Brexit. Our research found evidence to suggest a real risk of increasing racism, xenophobia and racial profiling as a direct consequence of Brexit. This dimension of the conversation has been neglected and our project outcomes have, to some extent, helped to address this.

4. The advantage of a project such as this was that we were able to feed the findings into the ongoing process and thus, along with others, help to inform some of the outcomes. There is evidence to suggest that this has been the case.

5. As part of this project we developed our own project website, twitter account, and facebook presence. One of the key lessons here is the significance of giving coherence to a project by using a project title 'BrexitLawNI' and making effective use of social media. This played a significant role in ensuring we were able to engage effectively in the public conversation about sharing our research findings. We have made all our project findings, reports and interventions available via our social media platforms and as indicated we have placed a particular emphasis on making these as understandable to as wide an audience as possible.
Exploitation Route Our findings will be of assistance to government, democratic institutions, policy makers and civil society across these islands when reflecting on the future of relationships in the context of Brexit. We placed particular significance on communications and engagement in our work and as a result the project has had a strong presence across the media locally and globally. The stakeholder engagement that we conducted also means that 'BrexitLawNI' has strong recognition as a concept in the debates.

Our six project reports will retain their value as a contribution to discussions of the future relationship and on how the next steps in the Brexit process are managed. As with the vast bulk of our outputs we have written everything in terms that are intended to be as accessible to a non-specialist audience as is possible. Professor Colin Harvey has, for example, already held a number of seminars at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London to groups of civil servants working on Brexit and the intention would be that our research outcomes will continue to be of value and use to civil servants and policy makers in London, Brussels, Belfast and Dublin when working through all the implications of Brexit for this region.

The collaboration with local NGO - the Committee on the Administration of Justice - has been of particular value in ensuring that we have had sustained and effective civil society engagement, most evident in our stakeholder meetings but also plain at events such as our conference on Post-Brexit Citizenship Status at QUB on 4 March 2019. The fact that this was an oversubscribed event attended by the main political parties, key policy makers and civil society actors is clear evidence of our ability to inform the current debate and shape the future discussions. The hope and intention is that our work will be taken forward and shape the next steps in the Brexit process.
Sectors Government, Democracy and Justice

URL https://brexitlawni.org/
 
Description Our findings have been used in a number of ways. First, they have informed political and policy discussions taking place on Brexit and Northern Ireland, and the work of democratic institutions across these islands. Evidence of this can be found in the requests for engagement with our team by various committees, civil servants, policy makers and political actors: Professor Colin Harvey was asked to give evidence to the Seanad Committee in 2017 and he gave evidence to the Oireachtas again in 2019 (Joint Committee on Justice and Equality); Brian Gormally, Professor Rory O'Connell and Dr Amanda Kramer attended meetings in Brussels with representatives of the Task Force on Article 50 (TF50) negotiations and Professor Colin Harvey and Daniel Holder met TF50 in March 2019 and held meetings with a number of MEPs (including the Vice President of the European Parliament (Mairead McGuinness); Professors Colin Harvey and Rory O'Connell presented at a KESS seminar in the Parliament Buildings (a knowledge exchange seminar series organised by the Northern Ireland Assembly); Dr Amanda Kramer met with members of the Committee for Exiting the EU in Westminster; Professor Colin Harvey presented at an APPG at Westminster; and Professor Colin Harvey attended a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney and participated in the work of the All Island Civic Dialogue on Brexit. Professor Harvey has also delivered a number of seminars for civil servants in Whitehall at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Our work has also been quoted in a number of Brexit reports prepared by organisations, such as the Human Rights Consortium as well as the House of Lords Report on Brexit and Devolution and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality. Furthermore, through engagement with the general public, BrexitLawNI has had an impact on how people in Northern Ireland think about Brexit. BrexitLawNI has used various platforms, such as townhall meetings held around Northern Ireland (Derry, Belfast, Newry, Enniskillen); writing accessible blog posts on our website, as well as other popular blogs; providing information to a number of newspapers and other media sources in the UK, Ireland, and beyond; and hosting or presenting at events on Brexit with a wide range of audience members, to disseminate information on Brexit and encourage people to critically evaluate the options presented to them. Individuals have communicated to us that they felt more informed about Brexit after listening to our presentations and have also reported that their views changed or broadened. Professor Colin Harvey has been extensively involved in international, regional and national public engagement work and has been quoted on Brexit internationally in newspapers such as the New York Times and El Pais, among others. The project has played a significant and leading part in serving the public appetite for information about Northern Ireland and the debate around the 'backstop', the question of a hard border on the island of Ireland and the impact on the peace process.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description 'Northern Ireland and Rigorous Impartiality: Untangling a Constitutional Mess' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey wrote a blog looking at the potential implications of a DUP-Conservative deal on the Northern Ireland peace process. It was originally published by the QPOL blog, but was also picked up by the UK in a Changing Europe blog and the Equality and Diversity Forum. Due to the wide publication, it is anticipated that a diverse audience was reached, including the general public, university students and staff, legal practitioners, policymakers and politicians, and those working in human rights.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://qpol.qub.ac.uk/ni-rigorous-impartiality/
 
Description 'Post-Brexit Citizenship Status: Divided by the Rules?' Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Approximately 100 people attended this one-day conference organised jointly by BrexitLawNI and the Equality Coalition that examined the risks of hardened entitlement boundaries between different groups of citizens in post-Brexit Northern Ireland. Segments of this event was broadcast by the Irish News to an audience beyond the wide audience in the room. This conference also led Professor Colin Harvey and Daniel Holder to be invited to speak to the Task Force on Article 50 negotiations with the UK in Brussels about the issues raised by this research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://brexitlawni.org/post-brexit-citizenship-status-divided-by-the-rules/
 
Description 'The Great Repeal Bill and the Good Friday Agreement - Cementing a Stalemate or Constitutional Collision Course?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey and Daniel Holder wrote a blog on the Great Repeal Bill and the implications for the Good Friday Agreement for the UK Constitutional Law Blog. The audience is expected to be university students, lecturers, legal practitioners, and interested members of the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ukconstitutionallaw.org/2017/06/06/colin-harvey-and-daniel-holder-the-great-repeal-bill-and-...
 
Description , Chatter Podcast: 'Professor Colin Harvey on Brexit, The Good Friday Agreement, and a Citizens Assembly' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey was interviewed for the Jist, a Chatter Podcast on Brexit, the Good Friday Agreement, and a Citizens Assembly for Northern Ireland. It is expected that university students, lecturers, legal practitioners and interested members of the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://chatter.podiant.co/e/35e24b73a96692/
 
Description A Brexit Town-hall 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A Townhall style meeting was held in the Black Box in Belfast with about 15 people in attendance. The BrexitLawNI team presented our preliminary findings for approximately 45 minutes, and 45 minutes were left at the end for questions and discussion. The primary aim of this meeting was to gather concerns from the audience about how they feel Brexit will impact them. Attendees included representatives of local organisations, the PSNI, and interested members of the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://brexitlawni.org/a-brexit-townhall-belfast/
 
Description A Time of Crisis and Challenge: Brexit and our Constitutional Future 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey wrote an op-ed piece for the Derry Journal, a regional newspaper in Northern Ireland. This paper is read widely in the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.derryjournal.com/news/a-time-of-crisis-and-challenge-brexit-and-our-constitutional-futur...
 
Description A Time of Crisis and Challenge: Brexit and our Constitutional Future' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey wrote an op-ed in the Derry Journal that was published as a blog post on both the QPOL blog and the BrexitLawNI blog. It is likely that this piece reached a very wide audience as the Derry Journal has high readership in Derry and both blog posts would be read widely by academics, students, professionals, etc in Northern Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://qpol.qub.ac.uk/crisis-challenge-brexit-ni-constitutional-future/
 
Description A Unity Referendum is not a Silly Idea 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey wrote a blog post discussing the potential for Irish unity, and how Brexit has contributed to an increase in public support for this option. It is anticipated that a wide variety of people have read the blog as it was also published on the UK and a Changing Europe blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://qpol.qub.ac.uk/irish-unity-referendum/
 
Description As things stand - what rights will Irish citizens in NI have after Brexit? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Daniel Holder of CAJ wrote a blog on the rights of Irish citizens in Northern Ireland post-Brexit. It analysed the claims made in the Traveller Movement report entitled 'Brexit and Irish citizens in the UK: How to safeguard the rights of Irish citizens in an uncertain future'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://brexitlawni.org/blog/things-stand-rights-will-irish-citizens-ni-brexit/
 
Description Ask the BreXpert 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Emma Patterson and Fidelma O'Hagan of CAJ participated in an event organised by the Human Rights Consortium for the Imagine Festival, whereby members of the public had an opportunity to ask questions of Brexit 'experts'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Belfast Brexit Cafe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Amanda Kramer was asked to host the Brexit Cafe in Belfast as part of the broader initiative to gather information about the views of young people on Brexit. This initiative was organised by My Life My Say (MLMS) and the European Parliament. The information gathered informs the MLMS Youth Brexit Report and was also reported in a BrexitLawNI blog. Some of the young people reported changes in their views on Brexit - mainly increased concerns of how Brexit might impact Northern Ireland and their future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.europarl.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/en/ukevents/past_events/past2017/brexitcafe/brexitcafe-3...
 
Description Bill of Rights 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey presented on the Bill of Rights and Brexit to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Bill of Rights Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey delivered a presentation on the Bill of Rights and Brexit at Queen's University Belfast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Emma Patterson of CAJ gave a presentation to the European Women's Lobby Workshop on Brexit, Northern Ireland, and the specific risks to women.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Brexit Briefing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Approximately 40 people attended the BrexitLawNI Brexit Briefing on 28 June 2018, which explored some of the key findings of the project. Presentations were made by a number of team members, followed by a lively Q+A with the audience. Discussion carried on afterwards in the reception at Ulster University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://brexitlawni.org/brexit-briefing/
 
Description Brexit Bulletin: Come on Arlene 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey was quoted on his continued stance that the proposed Brexit solution does not threaten the UK's constitution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/05/brexit-bulletin-come-arlene/
 
Description Brexit Republic 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Amanda Kramer was interviewed by Tony Connelly for the first episode of RTE's 'Brexit Republic' Podcast.As Tony Connelly is one of the leading journalists working on Brexit, it is anticipated that the podcast had very wide reach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.rte.ie/radio1/podcast/podcast_brexitrepublic.xml
 
Description Brexit Rural Stakeholder Society Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey spoke about Brexit and Northern Ireland at the 'Brexit Rural Stakeholder Society Workshop' in Cookstown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Brexit Townhall Meeting in Derry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 17 people attended a townhall style meeting in Derry. This meeting was designed to disseminate BrexitLawNI research findings, but the primary focus was upon hearing the concerns and impacts of Brexit for the attendees. Attendees included the mayor, some local Councillors, business owners, lawyers and interested members of the general public. An exchange of information took place afterwards with some of the attendees, sharing our research and also hearing about research they have been involved in on the impacts of Brexit for various sectors in NI.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://brexitlawni.org/brexit-townhall-derry/
 
Description Brexit and Human Rights 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey, along with other leading human rights experts and organisations drafted a letter outlining the human rights implications of Brexit. This letter was published by the Irish Times on 16 November 2017. This led to the publication of similar letters outlining the implications of Brexit for human rights.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/brexit-and-human-rights-1.3293162
 
Description Brexit and Human Rights Protections 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Rory O'Connell presented on Brexit and the potential implications for human rights at the Northern Ireland Council for Racial Equality's Inaugural Human Rights and Equality Conference "Brexit and Human Rights Protection" on 6 April 2017 at UNISON with over 75 participants in attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.facebook.com/nicre.org/posts/1291492944253427
 
Description Brexit and Immigration Controls in Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Fidelma O'Hagan of CAJ, wrote a blog post for the BrexitLawNI website outlining Brexit and immigration control in Northern Ireland. The blog was republished on the UK in a Changing Europe website and it is therefore anticipated that readership would be quite high.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://brexitlawni.org/blog/brexit-immigration-control-northern-ireland/
 
Description Brexit and NI - The Story so Far 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop at Queen's University Belfast held to present preliminary findings papers of the project and to hear from the audience their concerns about Brexit. Approximately 30 people attended from a broad range of backgrounds, including students and lecturers at QUB, representatives from community organisations and local NGOs, politicians and civil servants. An extensive discussion was engaged in where the audience could share their views and concerns about Brexit for Northern Ireland and ask questions about our project and Brexit more generally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://brexitlawni.org/brexit-ni-story-far/
 
Description Brexit and Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Professors Colin Harvey and Rory O'Connell spoke about BrexitLawNI findings at the Joint Committee Meeting of the IHREC and NIHRC in Dublin. Since the meeting, the Joint Committee has asked us to send through our updated materials and have organised subsequent informal meetings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Brexit and Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey participated at a roundtable organised by the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde on Brexit and Northern Ireland. This involved consideration of the implications of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill for Scotland and for devolution in general.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Brexit and Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Decentralisation and Devolution at Westminster Parliament on Brexit and Northern Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Brexit and Northern Ireland - Czech TV interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey was interviewed by a Czech TV station station about the potential impacts of Brexit and concerns of people within Northern Ireland. The interview aired on the television news channel in the Czech Republic and is also available within a print story on Brexit and Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ct24/svet/2381491-severnimu-irsku-po-brexitu-pribyva-turistu-ubyva-ale-l...
 
Description Brexit and Northern Ireland: The Constitutional, Conflict Transformation, Human Rights and Equality Consequences (BrexitLawNI) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professors Colin Harvey and Rory O'Connell presented on the human rights and equality consequences of Brexit for the 'Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series - Informing NI Brexit Considerations' held in Stormont on 25 October 2017. Following the seminar, all future BrexitLawNI materials were requested to be sent to the Research and Information Service at Stormont.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/assembly-business/research-and-information-service-raise/knowledge-exch...
 
Description Brexit and Socio-Economic Rights 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Emma Patterson-Bennett of CAJ wrote a blog post for the BrexitLawNI blog, entitled 'Brexit and Socio-Economic Rights'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Brexit and our Human Rights 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Professor Rory O'Connell and Brian Gormally presented on the preliminary findings of BrexitLawNI examining the various consequences of Brexit for Northern Ireland at the Committee for the Administration of Justice's annual general meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://caj.org.uk/2017/11/23/caj-agm-launch-caj-equality-duty-enforcement-project/
 
Description Brexit and the Irish Border explained: why the headache is not going away any time soon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey was quoted in an article in The Telegraph on Brexit and the Irish border.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/24/brexit-east-west-border-answer-ireland-question/
 
Description Brexit and the Leaked Full Draft Agreement Text 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Amanda Kramer wrote a blog post for the BrexitLawNI website outlining the Brexit-related aspects of the leaked full draft agreement between the DUP and Sinn Fein.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://brexitlawni.org/blog/brexit-leaked-full-draft-agreement-text/
 
Description Brexit and the Risks of a 'Racist' Land Border in Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Daniel Holder published a blog on Brexit and the risks of a racist land border in Ireland on the UK in a Changing Europe blog. It is expected that this post would have reached a broad audience across the UK and possibly Europe as it had broad readership and publicity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ukandeu.ac.uk/brexit-and-the-risks-of-a-racist-land-border-in-ireland/
 
Description Brexit could 're-ignite conflict' in Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The BBC wrote an extensive news article based on the findings of our research, which included quotes from Professor Rory O'Connell and Brian Gormally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45513462
 
Description Brexit holds grave risks for Northern Ireland, study warns 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Irish Times published a detailed summary of our project findings, including quotes from Professor Colin Harvey and Brian Gormally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/brexit-holds-grave-risks-for-northern-ireland-study-warns-1...
 
Description Brexit in the Context of Human Rights 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey spoke at the Stronger Together Annual Conference, 'Black and Minority Voices in Shaping Post-Brexit NI' about Brexit, human rights, and Northern Ireland on 23 February 2017 in Dungannon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://crossborder.ie/site2015/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2017-ST-Conference-report.pdf
 
Description Brexit is now an "existential threat" to Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey was interviewed for UK Business Insider on Brexit and the threat to Northern Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://uk.businessinsider.com/northern-ireland-brexit-is-existential-threat-2017-9
 
Description Brexit threatens Northern Irish peace, academic study finds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lisa O'Carroll, a leading Brexit correspondent wrote a newspaper article summarising the findings of our project. This included quotes by Professor Colin Harvey
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/sep/14/brexit-threatens-northern-irish-peace
 
Description Brexit's Irish border problem, explained 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Coin Harvey was interviewed for a piece by Vox media detailing the issue of the Irish border.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.vox.com/world/2019/2/18/18204269/brexit-irish-border-backstop-explained
 
Description Brexit, Borders and Human Rights 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey published a blog post on QPOL examining Brexit, borders, and human rights. It was based on a talk delivered at the British Academy and Royal Irish Academy Brexit and Borders Roundtable, held at Queen's University Belfast on 17 February 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://qpol.qub.ac.uk/brexit-borders-human-rights/
 
Description Brexit, Borders and Human Rights 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey wrote a blog on Brexit and the implications for human rights, particularly if there is any kind of border across the island of Ireland. It is assumed that this blog would have been engaged with by students and staff in universities as well as possibly politicians, legal professionals, and human rights organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://qpol.qub.ac.uk/brexit-borders-human-rights/
 
Description Brexit, Constitutional Instability and Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey gave a presentation on Brexit, Constitutional Instability and Northern Ireland at the University of Nottingham Law School Conference in March 2018. A number of academics from around the UK working on Brexit attended this event as well as PGR students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Brexit, the Withdrawal Agreement, and a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Amanda Kramer wrote a blog post on Brexit and the Withdrawal Agreement, outlining why a Bill of Rights for NI should be included in the final agreement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://brexitlawni.org/blog/brexit-withdrawal-agreement-bill-rights-northern-ireland/
 
Description BrexitLawNI Launch of Project Reports in Dublin 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Members of the BrexitLawNI team traveled down to Dublin to present the key findings of our research to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on 19 November 2018. Approximately 10 people were in attendance, largely Commission members, lawyers working in related areas, politicians, and the general public. The audience reported surprise and concern at some of the findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://brexitlawni.org/brexitlawni-launch-of-project-reports-in-dublin/
 
Description BrexitLawNI Launch of Project Reports: Belfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Approximately 120 people attended the launch of our policy reports at Queen's University Belfast. The project team took turns reporting some of the key findings of the reports and there was a heated discussion afterwards in the form of a Q+A with the audience. Many news media outlets were in attendance, and a number of media sources reported on the findings of the report, including the Guardian, the Irish Times, and BBC News.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45513462
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/sep/14/brexit-threatens-northern-irish-peace
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/brexit-holds-grave-risks-for-northern-ireland-study-warns-1.3628397
https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/10/how-brexit-battle-over-irish-border-throws-peace-process-jeopardy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://brexitlawni.org/brexitlawni-launch-of-project-reports/
 
Description BrexitLawNI Twitter Page 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BrexitLawNI has a very active Twitter page with over 700 followers. The page tweets Brexit and NI and is used to disseminate project outputs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://www.twitter.com/brexitlawni
 
Description BrexitLawNI to bring solutions to Magee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Amanda Kramer was quoted extensively in an article publicising a BrexitLawNI townhall meeting being held in Derry. The story outlined the project and the purpose of the event. It helped to attract attendees to attend the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.derryjournal.com/news/brexitlawni-to-bring-solutions-to-magee-1-8257001
 
Description BrexitLawNI: Launch of Key Findings (Brussels) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Four team members presented our findings at the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels on 26 June 2018. Approximately 50 people were in attendance from a broad range of backgrounds. On the back of this event, Professor Colin Harvey and Dr Amanda Kramer recorded podcasts with Tony Connelly for the RTE Brexit Republic Podcast, and provided interviews to EuroNews. Meetings were also requested by both UK and German government officials working in Brussels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://brexitlawni.org/brexitlawni-launch-of-key-findings/
 
Description Calls for suspension of ongoing 'racist' Operation Gull initiative 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey was quoted by the Derry Journal for the evidence he gave to the Seanad's special Brexit Committee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.derryjournal.com/news/calls-for-suspension-of-ongoing-racist-operation-gull-initiative-1...
 
Description Centre for Cross Border Studies Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Daniel Holder of CAJ presented on a panel 'Human Rights and the Good Friday Agreement' that Dr Anna Bryson was chairing for the Centre for Cross Border Studies' annual conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://crossborder.ie/site2015/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Draft-agenda.pdf
 
Description Checkpoint Cathal - Brexit and the Border 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey spoke about Brexit and the border at the Hiberian Law Journal's Annual Lecture at the Law Society of Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dechert.com/knowledge/event-and-webinar/2017/11/checkpoint-cathal--brexit-and-the-border...
 
Description Chrome Radio Podcast: 'Brexit - The Irish Question: In Conversation with Profs Colin Harvey & Lee McGowan' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey was interviewed on Brexit and Northern Ireland for the Chrome Radio Podcast. It is expected that university students, lecturers, legal professionals, and the general public may have listened.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://soundcloud.com/chromeradio/c360-brexit-the-irish-question-in-conversation-profs-colin-harvey...
 
Description Chrome Radio Podcast: 'Brexit - the Irish Question: EU (Withdrawal) Bill' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey was interviewed for the Chrome Radio Podcast: 'Brexit - the Irish Question: EU (Withdrawal) Bill'. He spoke about the Impact of Brexit for Northern Ireland, with specific focus on the implications of the EU Withdrawal Bill. It is expected that the general public, students, lecturers and potentially legal professionals have listened to the podcast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://soundcloud.com/chromeradio/chrome360-brexit-the-irish-question-eu-withdrawal-bill-professor-...
 
Description Concern at recruitment of 300 new border force officers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Daniel Holder of CAJ was quoted extensively regarding Brexit, the border, and the hiring of new border officers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.irishnews.com/news/brexit/2017/12/19/news/concern-at-recruitment-of-300-new-border-force...
 
Description Conference presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A conference paper delivered by Professor Colin Harvey to the Immigration Practitioners' Group at the Law Society in Belfast on 23 November 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.lawsoc-ni.org/impact-of-brexit-on-immigrants-is-being-ignored
 
Description Conference presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Paper presented at IBIS Conference, 8 May 2018, title of paper: 'Sustaining the Promise of Peace? Human Rights, Equality and a Shared
Society',
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ucd.ie/t4cms/IBIS%20Programme%20May%202018%20Final.pdf
 
Description Conference presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Conference paper by Professor Colin Harvey - 'Brexit and the Future of Human Rights in Northern Ireland: Ways Forward?' at the ICEL conference on Brexit at the RIA in Dublin on 9 May 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ti.to/icel/rightsNI/en
 
Description Constitutional Design and the EU Referendum - thoughts from NI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Rory O'Connell spoke on the UK Constitution and the EU Referendum in Edinburgh on 2 June 2017. He presented to an audience of 50-60 people including academics, policymakers, officials, and people from the public sector. Following the conference Rory was invited to meet with an official from the Scottish Government who is working on Brexit, as well as the special advisor to Alyn Smyth MEP to discuss our work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description DAERA Brexit Rural Society Working Group Social Impacts Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey spoke to the Rural Society Working Group on the impacts of Brexit for Northern Ireland in Cookstown. Since the engagement, the Rural Community Network has asked for further information and meetings with the project team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Enniskillen Townhall Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BrexitLawNI held a townhall style event in Enniskillen, with approximately 20 people in attendance. Attendees included local Councillors and MLAs, lawyers and other professionals, representatives from organisations, such as UNISON, and interested members of the general public. BrexitLawNI team members shared some of our research findings, and approximately an hour was devoted to discussion with attendees about their Brexit-related concerns. This was a very successful meeting as a lot of information was shared by attendees. We also had requests for further information about our project and scheduled an interview with one of the attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Equality and Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey spoke at a British Academy Event at Oxford University at a seminar on Equality and Brexit about the human rights implications of Brexit. Following the event, he published a blog on QPOL based on his talk and the conversations had at the seminar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://qpol.qub.ac.uk/brexit-borders-human-rights/
 
Description Equality and Citizenship after Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Brian Gormally, Director of CAJ wrote a blog for Rights NI looking at the principle of equality of citizenship post-Brexit. The readership of this blog is fairly wide, so it is estimated that 51-100 people would have read it.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2017
URL http://rightsni.org/2017/07/equality-of-citizenship-after-brexit/
 
Description Equality and Human Rights Implications of Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Brian Gormally of CAJ spoke about the human rights and equality impacts of Brexit at a seminar held in Stormont.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Evidence to the Oireachtas 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey was asked to give evidence to the Oireachtas, Seanad Special Committee on the Withdrawal Bill.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://beta.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/debate/seanad_special_committee_on_the_withdrawal_of_the_unite...
 
Description FCO Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey spoke at an FCO seminar in London - this event was attended by 30 + civil servants working across government departments on Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Great Repeal Bill 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Brian Gormally of CAJ presented on the Great Repeal Bill at the Four Jurisdictions Conversation held in Manchester on 24 May 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description How the Brexit Battle over the Irish Border throws the peace process into jeopardy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A piece in the New Statesman by prominent journalist Tony Connelly included our project findings in an article about Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/10/how-brexit-battle-over-irish-border-throws-peace-pr...
 
Description Human Rights, Equality and Brexit: Reflections on Ways Forward 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey presented at the Protecting Human and Equality Rights from Brexit Conference organised by Sinn Fein. Many of his arguments and potential solutions were taken up by Sinn Fein representatives at the conference and have been included in their rhetoric on Brexit since.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/37931
 
Description Human rights on the island after Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Brian Gormally of CAJ presented on human rights post-Brexit at the Annual Conference of the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development in Dublin.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.acjrd.ie/contents/352
 
Description IBA Bar Leaders' Conference and Mid-Year Meeting 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey presented on Brexit at the IBA Bar Leaders' Conference and Mid-Year Meeting held in Belfast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ibanet.org/Conferences/IBA-Bar-Leaders-Conference-2017.aspx
 
Description Immigration Control via public and private sector agencies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Fidelma O'Hagan of CAJ wrote a blog for the BrexitLawNI website outlining how immigration is controlled through public and private sector agencies and how this may increase with Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://brexitlawni.org/blog/immigration-control-via-public-private-sector-agencies/
 
Description Initial Reflections on the human rights and equality aspects of the Protocol to the Draft Agreement with respect to Ireland/N. Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The BrexitLawNI team posted our initial reflections on the human rights and equality aspects of the protocol to the Draft Withdrawal Agreement with respect to Ireland/ N. Ireland. These were distributed widely by BrexitLawNI and the UK in a Changing Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://brexitlawni.org/blog/initial-reflections-human-rights-equality-aspects-protocol-draft-withdr...
 
Description Interview with newspaper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Interview with the New York Times
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/15/world/europe/brexit-northern-ireland.html
 
Description Ireland dismayed by UK plan to repeal Human Rights Act 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Brian Gormally of CAJ was quoted in the Financial Times article 'Ireland Dismayed by UK plan to Repeal Human Rights Act', published 17 May 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ft.com/content/e1ad7d2e-fa48-11e4-b432-00144feab7de
 
Description Judging Brexit Solutions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey wrote a blog post on BrexitLawNI examining how proposed Brexit solutions should be judged using values informing the BrexitLawNI project. It was also published on the UK in a Changing Europe Blog. It is anticipated that it would have reached a wide audience due to being published on both websites.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://brexitlawni.org/blog/judging-brexit-solutions/
 
Description Media report 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Media reports of Oireachtas evidence
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/brexit-threatens-to-make-irish-in-north-second-class-citize...
 
Description Meetings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey and Daniel Holder visited Brussels on 5-6 March 2019 and held meetings with Task Force 50 and with members of the European Parliament, including the Vice President of the European Parliament - Mairead McGuinness
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/MaireadMcGMEP/status/1103397778082983937
 
Description NI and a 'Peoples Vote': three questions to be addressed 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Daniel Holder wrote a blog for BrexitLawNI examining a people's vote.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://brexitlawni.org/blog/ni-and-a-peoples-vote-three-questions-to-be-addressed/
 
Description NVTV: 'What happened to the Bill of Rights' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey was interviewed by NVTV, a Northern Irish TV station on the Bill of Rights, and how a Bill of Rights should be included in the final Brexit agreement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://vimeo.com/247512955
 
Description Navigating Brexit: A Roundtable Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Rory O'Connell spoke about Brexit and NI at a Brexit Roundtable even organised by the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building held in the British Council.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Neither hard nor soft but racist? Brexit, Ethnic Profiling and the Irish Border 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Daniel Holder spoke at the Institute of Race Relations in London on 26 June 2017 on the implications of Brexit for border policing in Northern Ireland. Following on from this talk, Daniel published an article with Race and Class developing the content presented for this talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.irr.org.uk/events/neither-hard-nor-soft-but-racist-brexit-ethnic-profiling-and-the-irish-...
 
Description No, the Northern Ireland Brexit Solution was not going to Break up the United Kingdom' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey wrote a response to claims that the Brexit solution proposed during Phase 1 of the negotiations would cause a constitutional crisis in the United Kingdom. It was re-published as a blog post on the UK in a Changing Europe Website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ukandeu.ac.uk/no-the-northern-ireland-brexit-solution-was-not-going-to-break-up-the-united-ki...
 
Description Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Evidence by Professor Colin Harvey to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality - the evidence was widely cited in the report and was covered in the media (for example, the Irish Times). The intervention also gained considerable social media attention
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://data.oireachtas.ie/ie/oireachtas/committee/dail/32/joint_committee_on_justice_and_equality/r...
 
Description Perch√© l'accordo Brexit √® difficile da applicare all'Irlanda 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey was quoted in an Italian Newspaper, Il Sole 24 Ore, on Brexit and Northern Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/mondo/2017-12-09/un-ambiguita-creativa-difficile-applicazione--202702...
 
Description Podcast: RightsUp, 'The Impact of Brexit on Human Rights in Northern Ireland' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey was interviewed for the Oxford Human Rights Podcast: RightsUp. He spoke about the impact of Brexit on human rights in Northern Ireland. It is assumed that students, lecturers and legal practitioners will have listened to the podcast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://player.fm/series/rightsup/rightsup-rightnow-the-impact-of-brexit-on-human-rights-in-northern...
 
Description Seminar presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Seminar at the Social Market Foundation in London on Brexit and Northern Ireland - organised by the Social Market Foundation
https://ukandeu.ac.uk/event/ask-the-expert-seminars-professor-colin-harvey/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.smf.co.uk/ask-expert-brexit-northern-ireland/
 
Description Seminar presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey participated in a seminar at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 15 January 2019 on Brexit and Northern Ireland. In attendance at this event were civil servants working on Brexit from across Whitehall.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Seminar presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Seminar delivered to the Research Brexit Group at QUB, on 12 March 2019 - on 'Sharing the Island - Brexit and the Constitutional Future'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Senior Lawyers warn Brexit Britain on the road to "borders and broken agreements" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey was quoted extensively in the Irish Legal News report 'Senior lawyers warn Brexit Britain on the road to "borders and broken agreements"' following his presentation at the Hiberian Law Journal's Checkpoint Cathal lecture in Dublin.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.irishlegal.com/9728/senior-lawyers-warn-brexit-britain-on-the-road-to-borders-and-broken-...
 
Description Sharing the Island: Brexit, Constitutional Imagination and the Rights to Self-determination 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey wrote a blog post for BrexitLawNI on the constitution, the Joint Report on Phase 1 and the right to self-determination.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://brexitlawni.org/blog/sharing-island-brexit-constitutional-imagination-right-self-determinati...
 
Description The EU (Withdrawal) Bill: Principles, Powers, Parliaments 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey presented on Brexit, devolution and Northern Ireland at the UK in a Changing Europe's conference, 'The EU (Withdrawal) Bill: Principles, Powers and Parliaments'. This major one-day public event brought together leading parliamentarians and legal constitutional specialists from across the UK to discuss the critical issues raised by the Bill and its prospects in the UK parliaments assemblies. The event featured a keynote address from a representative of the Department for Exiting the European Union; a panel of leading parliamentarians from Westminster and the devolved legislatures; and expert panels on delegated powers, rights and enforcement, and devolution issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ukandeu.ac.uk/event/the-eu-withdrawal-bill-principles-powers-and-parliaments/
 
Description The Human Rights Charter Should Remain 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey presented on the reasons why the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights should be retained after Brexit at the Feile an Earraigh Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://feilebelfast.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/FE18-2a-print.compressed-min.pdf
 
Description The Impact of Brexit on Human Rights and the Good Friday Agreement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Daniel Holder of CAJ participated in a workshop style event at Queen's University Belfast on 28 March 2017. He spoke on Brexit and human rights, with a specific focus on immigration control. The event was attended by 40 participants and broadcast live to over 300 viewers online. The workshop was organised in the framework of the project "Brexit Takeaways", which aim to raise awareness among citizens of the possible impact of different Brexit scenarios on their rights and advocate for the best possible deal for citizens.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ecas.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/report-workshop-NI.pdf
 
Description The Impact of Brexit on Human Rights and the Good Friday Agreement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Daniel Holder of CAJ spoke on the implications of Brexit on human rights and the Good Friday Agreement at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions on 29 March 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description The Implications of Brexit for migrant workers: what to watch out for 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact BrexitLawNI, in partnership with StepNI, the Stronger Together Network, the Equality Coalition, the QUB Human Rights Centre, and UNISON held a townhall event in Dungannon targeted at the migrant community in NI. The purpose was to disseminate information about Brexit that might be relevant to the migrant worker and black and minority ethnic community, as well as gather information from this community on their concerns about Brexit and how Brexit is impacting them. Approximately 80 people attended this event from a wide variety of backgrounds. It led to media coverage of the event in the Ulster Herald Paper 'Fears over "enforcers" checking migrant workers' status'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://ulsterherald.com/2018/02/21/fears-enforcers-checking-migrant-workers-status/
 
Description The Supreme Court's Brexit Judgment 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor Rory O'Connell published a blog post analysing the Supreme Court's Brexit Judgment. As the RightsNI blog has a fairly wide readership, it is estimated that approximately 101-500 people have engaged with the resource.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://rightsni.org/2017/01/the-supreme-courts-brexit-judgment/
 
Description The UK Supreme Court's Brexit Judgment: Implications and Unintended Consequences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Rory O'Connell wrote a blog analysing the implications of the UK Supreme Court's Judgment on Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.justsecurity.org/36785/uk-supreme-courts-brexit-judgment/
 
Description Turning NI into one big border? The risks of racial profiling on an industrial scale post Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Daniel and Fidelma gave a presentation on the Irish border and the potential for racial profiling emerging from Brexit to the SDLP MLA Group Meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description What Price Human Rights and Equality in Northern Ireland 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Colin Harvey wrote a blog reflecting on human rights and equality 20 years on from the Good Friday Agreement, including more recent challenges posed by Brexit. As this was published by the Oxford Human Rights Hub, which has broad readership, it is anticipated that a variety of audiences would have engaged with the blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/what-price-human-rights-and-equality-in-northern-ireland/
 
Description Women's Rights and Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Emma Patterson-Bennett wrote a blog on women's rights, focusing specifically on Northern Ireland, and Brexit for the BrexitLawNI blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://brexitlawni.org/blog/womens-rights-brexit/
 
Description Young People's views on 'Brexit' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Amanda Kramer wrote a blog post reflecting on an event that she hosted focusing on gathering the views of young people in NI on Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://brexitlawni.org/blog/young-peoples-views-brexit/
 
Description https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/call-for-written-guarantees-on-human-rights-in-ni-post-brexit-1.3314203 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The letter prepared by Professor Colin Harvey and other leading human rights experts and organisations was quoted extensively in an article in the Irish Times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/call-for-written-guarantees-on-human-rights-in-ni-pos...