Brexit Related Events / Conferences / Seminars

Synopsis: Below are details of some of the upcoming events, conferences and seminars on the theme of Brexit and Northern Ireland.

Details are listed below of forthcoming Brexit related events but you can also view details of earlier events which have already taken place.

Date Location   Details
November 2017
Wednesday 29th November

22 University Square,
Queen's University Belfast.

What does Brexit mean for the UK's Climate Change Act?

Part of QUB's Research in Progress Seminar Series.  The seminar will be presented by visiting Professor, Dr. Fay Farstad from University of Sheffield.
Monday 27th November

Hotel Kilmore
Dublin Road

Brexit Live



Brexit represents the single greatest economic and foreign-policy challenge to the Irish state since the Second World War. There is hardly any area of Irish life that won’t be affected.

Presented by Penguin Random House Ireland, Brexit Live will visit Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Cavan, Dundalk and Belfast. Our panel of experts – including RTE Europe Editor Tony Connelly, Irish Times journalist Fintan O’Toole and Alison Cowzer of Dragon’s Den, chaired by Lise Hand of the Irish Independent – will discuss and debate exactly how Brexit will change our lives.

There will also be the chance to ask our panel your own burning questions about Brexit and Ireland.

Friday 10th November  

It's Our Brexit Too: Children's Rights, Children's Voices

(11.00am - 4.00pm)


Organised by a Steering Group comprised of young people from both parts of the island with the Ombudsman for Children's Office in Dublin and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People in Belfast.

This conference will provide an opportunity for children and young people from North and South of Ireland to discuss Brexit with other young participants and with politicans, policy makers and others with influence in the Brexit negotiations.

A number of key themes have been identified by this Steering Group as being of particular concern. These are: Education, Health, Child Protection, Identity and Non-discrimination, Nationality and Travel, Standard of Living, Family Life and Refugees. These key themes will be the basis of discussions and activities on the day.

Tuesday 7th November Black Box,
18-22 Hill Street,

Northern Ireland and Brexit: A town hall meeting


Organised by the Economic and Social Research Council, this is an Ulster University-led 'town-hall' on the implications of Brexit in the jurisdiction of Northern Ireland.

It provides an opportunity to meet the @BrexitLawNI team, who will present preliminary findings from their research project, and debate the issues facing Northern Ireland such as:

  • north-south relations
  • border controls and free movement
  • xenophobia and racism
  • socio-economic issues
  • human rights
  • NI peace process.
Monday 6th November The Dark Horse,
Hill Street,

Brexit clinic: Northern Ireland in a changing Europe


With the imminent UK withdrawal from the EU, there has never been a bigger appetite for information on how negotiations are progressing and what the implications are for every aspect of our lives.

So if you want to know what the Great Repeal Bill is or what's going to happen to such things as our borders and the environment, then come along to our Brexit clinic for a consultation with a difference. Organised by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Monday 6th November Cardiff University, The Council Chamber, Glamorgan Building
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NN

Wales, Devolution and Brexit: an Expert Seminar

(by academics at the University of Glasgow and Ulster University)

The presentations and discussion for this seminar will cover selected key issues of particular relevance to Wales and to devolved government:
  • Public Finance and Public Expenditure Implications
  • Brexit and public services – working through uncertainty
  • A Single Market for the UK?
  • The implications for the devolution settlements of the Withdrawal Bill, and the wider constitutional implications for the governance of the UK post-Brexit

Wales, Devolution and Brexit will be the fourth seminar in a series of ESRC-funded seminars that focus on the impacts leaving the EU will have (i) for devolved government and public policy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and (ii) for Ireland.

Wednesday 1st November  

Europe at a time of crisis: Environmental policy in jeopardy?


Part of QUB's Research in Progress Seminar Series.  The seminar will be presented by visiting Professor, Dr. Paul Tobin from University of Manchester.

October 2017

Thursday 26th October Europe House
12-14 Mount Street Lower

Brexit, the Border and the Internal Market


by DCU Brexit Institute & European Commission Representation in Ireland


The workshop will examine specifically the issue of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is arguably the most sensitive of the three items in the withdrawal negotiations, and consider also questions concerning the access by the UK to the EU internal market post Brexit.


Wednesday 25th October

Parliament Buildings

Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series - Informing NI Brexit Considerations

Dr Leslie Budd (OU) – Making sense of Brexit’s challenges to Economic Citizenship


Prof Rory O’Connell (Ulster) and Prof Colin Harvey (QUB) – Brexit and Northern Ireland: The Constitutional, Conflict Transformation, Human Rights and Equality Consequences (BrexitLawNI)


Dr Anne Smith (Ulster) and Prof Colin Harvey (QUB) – The Northern Ireland Bill of Rights in the Context of Brexit

Wednesday 25th October

Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Main Campus, Queen's University


QPol Brexit Clinic at Queen's

by QPol Policy Engagement at Queen's


The latest in QPOL's series of ‘Brexit Clinics’ - bringing together academic experts and stakeholders to discuss the issues facing the UK, to consider the particular challenges the process poses for Northern Ireland and to provide informed insights into the process.The Clinic will consist of introductory comments on the process by senior Queen’s academics, particularly in light of the outworkings of the European Council meeting taking place on 19-20th October, followed by a Q+A session and discussion addressing issues raised by participants.
Wednesday 25th October

 Armagh City Hotel


Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference 2017: Growing the Economy in Challenging Times

The Northern Ireland Economic Conference is Northern Ireland’s premier economic analysis event and is unique in being the only forum which takes a high level look at the performance of, and prospects for the local economy. This year, the keynote address discusses 'The impact of Brexit on the economy: what lies ahead', followed by a session on the impact of Brexit on the Agri-Food sector. The afternoon programme is entirely focused on the impact of Brexit on the Northern Ireland economy.
Tuesday 24th October

Titanic Centre,


InterTrade Ireland
Practical help to navigate Brexit


(8am-2pm, Free of Charge)

InterTradeIreland, the cross-border trade body, is hosting a major event to help businesses gear up for Brexit.  The event will be of particular interest to SMEs across all sectors, the professional advisory community and industry stakeholder and representative groups. Attendees can expect:

  • Practical advice on specific Brexit-related issues such as rules of origin, tariffs, non-tariff barriers and the movement of people.
  • Up-to-date insights from a leading economist on the impact of Brexit on the business community.
  • One-to-one support will be available at tailored workshops and clinics led by experts.
  • Information on the Brexit Advisory Service.

Tuesday 24th October

Whale Theatre
Theatre Lane

Brexit: Islands of Opportunity?

(7.30 - 10.30pm)


This event will be hosted by Stephen Donnelly TD - with contributions from Robin Barnett, British Ambassador to Ireland, Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times Columnist and Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor for the Independent Group. These individuals will put forward their unique viewpoints, and share important information with anyone wishing to learn the causes; the likely result and impact of Brexit on Ireland.

Monday 23rd October

St Anne's Square

At this event, members will hear the latest updates on the Brexit process and be able to discuss the impacts on their own areas of work with Prof. Phinnemore and other attendees. The intention is to encourage information sharing and networking on Brexit issues between Northern Ireland Government Affairs Group members.
Saturday 21st October  

The Linen Hall Library
17 Donegall Square North

by The Irish Association for Cultural, Economic and Social Relations
 The Irish Association is a non-party-political & non-sectarian organisation founded almost 80 years ago to bring Ireland, North & South, as well as the two communities within Northern Ireland, more closely together. The Association is concerned that aspects of Brexit will drive these jurisdictions and communities further apart, while at the same time recognising and respecting the diversity of views on the issues arising – both within its own membership and amongst the general public. In this context, a number of events to stimulate open debate on both problems and solutions are planned to take place in both jurisdictions, highlighting the complex and far-reaching cultural, economic & social issues arising, particularly on an All-Island basis.
Friday 20th October Moot Court Room,
School of Law,
Queen's University Belfast

Brexit and NI – The story so far

 BrexitLawNI along with the QUB Human Rights Centre present ‘Brexit and Northern Ireland – the story so far’. The BrexitLawNI team will be discussing what their research has revealed so far about Brexit and the human rights, equality, constitutional, and conflict transformation consequences for Northern Ireland. The seminar will introduce the people behind BrexitLawNI, provide a summary of the project and the key issues that have been identified to date, as well as present the preliminary findings and proposed solutions to some of the key problems facing Northern Ireland.
Wednesday 18th October MAC Belfast
Cathedral Quarter

Bridge over Brexit: the museum sector in post-Brexit Ireland

The Irish Museums Association (IMA) and Ulster University invite you to a consultation meeting that will discuss current developments and the potential implications of the exit of the UK from the European Union on the museum sector across Ireland.
It will explore how the museum and wider cultural sector can not only continue to provide a cultural gateway, but also prosper through strategic collaborations. The meeting will seek to:

  • Assess existing cross-border relationships and initiatives within the museum sector.
  • Explore the potential implications and lines of communication to prepare for the changes ahead.
  • Advocate the role of the museum and the broader cultural sector in fostering NI-ROI relationships during this period of change.
Tuesday 17th October European Policy Centre
14-16 Rue du Trône/Troonstraat
B-1000 Brussels
How Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland view Brexit


  • Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe
  • Mark Drakeford, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, Wales
  • Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Ulster University
  • Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive, European Policy Centre (Moderator)

Registration: Not yet open for registration

Sunday 15th October

Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart Conversations Festival

11:00am: Brexit, Ireland and the Hard Border – Fintan O'Toole, Prof. Richard English & Ben Lowry

12:15pm: Brexit and the Irish economy: both sides of the border – Ellvena Graham & Angela McGowan, Regional Director NI, CBI

Wednesday 11th October

Northern Ireland Executive Office, 180 Chaussee d'Etterbeek,1040 Brussels, Belgium


Brexit and the Border Corridor on the Island of Ireland

The 11 Local Authorities comprising the Ireland/ Northern Ireland Border area cordially invite you to the launch of  Brexit and the Border Corridor on the Island of Ireland: Risks, Opportunities and Issues to Consider

Tuesday 10th October


Centre for Cross Border Studies Policy Seminar – Healing, Learning and Citizens’ Rights: Crossing Borders

Issues related to Ireland and the Irish border have been designated by the EU Commission as one of the three priorities to be dealt with in the Exit negotiations before talks can move on to future relations between the UK and the European Union. The Centre for Cross Border Studies is convening this seminar to address some of the most important challenges for the island of Ireland. These will include addressing the continuing health and social needs of victims and survivors of the conflict; the impacts of Brexit on higher education north and south of the border; the rights of citizens; and possible ‘solutions’ for the Irish Border.
Thursday 5th Otober

Europe House
12-14 Lower Mount Street


"Brexit, Citizens' Rights and their Protection"

(by Brexit Institute DCU)

This workshop will examine the implications of Brexit for the rights of citizens, i.e. EU citizens living in the UK, and UK citizens living in EU member states, and their protection.
The event will be opened by a keynote speech by Bertie Ahern, former Irish Prime Mnister. It will also feature the participation of leading academics -- including Dimitry Kochenov (University of Groningen), Ciarán Burke (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena) and Brenda Daly (Dublin City University). It will conclud with a debate, participants to be announced soon.
Wednesday 4th October

Royal Irish Academy
19 Dawson Street


Ireland and Brexit

(by academics at the University of Glasgow and Ulster University)


The UK’s impending departure from the European Union presents major challenges for Ireland as well as for the UK. This seminar will cover selected key issues relating to the impact of Brexit on Ireland:
  • The constitutional issues, for Ireland and the devolved nations of the UK
  • The energy sector in Ireland
  • The rights of Irish citizens in the UK after Brexit
  • Ireland’s role in the EU, before and after Brexit

Ireland and Brexit will be the 3rd seminar in a series of ESRC-funded seminars that focus on the impacts leaving the EU will have (i) for devolved government and public policy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and (ii) for Ireland.

September 2017
Friday 29th September CAFRE
Greenmount Campus
45 Tirgracy Rd
BT41 4PS

Brexit, Agriculture and the Environment: Debating the Way Forward...

by Nature Matters NI

Nature Matters NI, a partnership of environmental organisations, are hosting a conference to examine the possible implications of post CAP agriculture in
Northern Ireland. This unique event will bring together farmers, academics, economists, eNGOs and the wider food and farming community to help visualise how a new sustainable agriculture land use policy would deliver for farming, food and nature.

Friday 29th September  

The Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen's University Belfast

Brexit and the Japan-UK relationship


Mr Shinichi Iida, Minister for Public Diplomacy and Media at the Embassy of Japan in the UK  will discuss Brexit and its impact on business in the light of Japan’s role as the second-largest non-EU investor in Britain, based upon a long-term and cooperative relationship. He will also refer to the core principles that Japan and the UK share, including adherence to the rule of law and respect for human rights, and to the two countries’ commitment to working together to tackle a range of weighty global issues.
Thursday 28th September & Friday 29th September The Open University in Ireland
110 Victoria Street Belfast

Regional Dimensions to Industrial Strategy

A two day workshop on the regional dimensions to industrial strategy, in the wake of Brexit and its impact on the UK and the rest of the European Union. It is being held at The Open University's Belfast office and will run in conjunction with Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area and the Open Political Economy Group.

Day 1: Industrial Strategy in Global Context.
Day 2: The Territorial Context of Ireland.

Thursday 28th September NICVA
61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast
BT15 2GB
Brexit Series: Department of Health

NICVA are inviting each of the departmental leads on Brexit along to hear concerns regarding the potential policy impacts Brexit will have on their organisation and service users.

Department of Health Brexit lead Laverne Montgomery will provide a briefing on the work the department has undertaken so far and hear the sector's concerns about policy impacts of Brexit relevant to the work of DoH.

Monday 25th September

Law Society of Northern Ireland,

Brexit Series - Implications for EU Citizens in Northern Ireland

This seminar will address the implications of Brexit for EU Citizens in Northern Ireland, a topic that has dominated public discourse in recent months. One of the three preliminary issues currently being discussed is the status of EU citizens in the UK post Brexit.  This afternoon conference offers a timely analysis of the current state of play in those negotiations and the legal issues that will have to be teased out in the coming months.
Saturday 23rd September Queen’s University Belfast,
Main Site Tower
Academic Conference: “BREXIT” 15 months on – socio-legal perspectives for the EU and Europe 15 months after the UK has lodged its intention to withdraw from the European Union (EU) there is limited information on what exactly the UK wishes to achieve. However, this does and should not prevent the EU from responding to this withdrawal with a programmatic renewal. Clearly, the EU’s social legitimacy is one of the areas where renewal is dearly needed – as is the question how the EU’s visions are communicated and realised at its new borders, especially to the West and the East. Because the EU is and remains a Community of Law, new perspectives will impact on its legal nature, giving much food for thought to socio-legal academics.
Tuesday 19th September The Institute of International and European Affairs, 8 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Judicial Oversight of the European Arrest Warrant Post-Brexit; Practicalities and Politics

Andrew Langdon QC will focus on the need for EU-UK co-operation on policing and security post-Brexit and specifically on the European Arrest Warrant. Mr Langdon will analyse the UK’s European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in terms of its content and provisions for parliamentary scrutiny, as well as the constitutional implications. He will also discuss alternate mechanisms for dispute resolution following the ending of the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the UK.
Monday 18th September Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Hillsborough FAPRI-UK: Alternative Post-Brexit Agreements Brexit will have important implications for UK agricultural commodity markets due to potentially significant changes to trade flows. Analysis undertaken by economists within the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in conjunction with the University of Missouri has quantified the sectoral impacts on UK agriculture of alternative trade agreements following Brexit using the widely-respected FAPRI-UK economic modelling system.
Monday 18th September The Institute of International and European Affairs, 8 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Ulster's fight, Ulster's rights?: Brexit, Northern Ireland and the threat to British-Irish relations

Prior to the UK’s EU referendum a year ago, few British politicians paid attention to the problems that Brexit might cause for Northern Ireland. But the future border arrangements between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have now emerged as one of the key issues in the UK’s withdrawal negotiations. At this Irish launch of the CER policy brief, the author, Professor Edward Burke, and Simon Tilford, Deputy Director of CER, will examine the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland.
Wednesday 13th September

The Institute of International and European Affairs, 8 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Brexit and the UK Economy

Jonathan Portes is Professor of Economics and Public Policy and King’s College London and Senior Fellow at The UK in a Changing Europe. In this address to the Institute, he will discuss the economic and political implications of Brexit for the UK. He will assess the short-term economic impacts of various scenarios for the current negotiations between the UK and the European Union, ranging from “chaotic Brexit” to a “velvet divorce”. He will also examine the longer-term economic impacts on the UK, with a particular focus on immigration and labour mobility.
Wednesday 13th September The Academy Restaurant, Ulster University, Belfast Campus CBI Northern Ireland Brexit Intelligence Series The CBI Brexit team will share the latest intelligence from conversations in Westminster and EU member states, facilitate dialogue and provide thought leadership to businesses around the country throughout the negotiation process. The session will examine the question, 'Six months on from the triggering of Article 50, what more do we know?’
Wednesday 13th September

Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Old Physics Building, Lanyon South
Queen's University Belfast

Brexit Forum - Focus on Employment and Citizens' Rights Analysis by eminent academics of the Brexit process and implications for staff. Representatives of HR, Pensions and International Student Support will also be present to take questions

Tuesday 12th September

British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square,
London WC1B 5JP

The Common Fisheries Policy Post-Brexit

The UK's decision to withdraw from the EU will have important consequences for the fisheries sector in the UK. In particular, a new fisheries regime will need creating so that the many economic, social and employment benefits derived from the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) will not be lost. The extent to which this will be done in partnership with the EU is yet to be understood. Join us in discussing these and other important issues in the context of Brexit and the CFP.
Tuesday 12th September 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill: Principles, Powers and Parliaments


The day after the EU (Withdrawal) Bill is due to receive its second reading in the House of Commons and shortly before the Bill enters its committee stage for detailed consideration, this one-day public event brings together leading parliamentarians and legal and constitutional specialists from across the UK to discuss the critical issues raised by the Bill and its prospects in the UK’s parliaments and assemblies.
Monday 11th September Lough Neagh Discovery Centre,
Oxford Island National Nature Reserve,
BT66 6NJ

Brexit: The Future of the Environment in NI

As part of NI Environment Week 2017, Northern Ireland Environment Link (NIEL) will be hosting a seminar to discuss the latest developments on Brexit. This will be an opportunity to get an update on the work of the NIEL Brexit Coalition as well as having a say on the environmental messages which need to be communicated at a NI, UK and European level on why and how our environment needs to be safeguarded post 2019.

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