2017 Conference - Dublin

The Britain and Ireland chapter of the International Society of Public Law provides a forum for public law scholarship of relevance to this region.To establish the new chapter of ICON-S for Britain and Ireland, there will be a conference in Dublin in September of 2017, bringing scholars from all over the UK and Ireland together to discuss themes and trends in international and comparative constitutional law.


Dublin Conference

The theme of the 2017 conference is “Constitutional Relations after Brexit”, but the conference will also include parallel panels on a range of topics, from comparative constitutional law, to international law, to constitutional change, to religion in the EU.

The establishment of this regional Chapter of ICON-S comes at an important moment in the constitutional relationships between Ireland, Britain and Europe. Brexit dominates the political and legal landscape in Europe. Within the UK, Brexit heralds a period of radical constitutional change. It will not only transform the UK’s relationship with the EU and its Member States, with effects reaching deep within the United Kingdom legal order, but may also bring about a new phase in the constitutional relationship between London and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Northern Ireland, the shadow of Brexit looms large. The special constitutional relationship between the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of Northern Ireland – enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement – must adapt to the post-Brexit reality. For the European Union, Brexit requires the re-defining of the constitutional relationship between the 27 remaining Member States and the United Kingdom after over forty years of ever-deeper integration.

Professor Deirdre Curtin (EUI) will deliver the keynote address to the conference, entitled: "Aeroelastic Europe: Flying Together After Brexit".

Professor Peter Leyland (SOAS), Professor Aileen McHarg (Strathclyde) and Professor Colm O’Cinneide (UCL) will participate in a plenary panel discussion of the conference theme.

The remainder of the conference, which will run from the morning of Monday 4 September to lunchtime on Tuesday 5 September, will consist of parallel panels on diverse topics.

Attendance at the conference is free, but registration is required. Please email iconsgbie@gmail.com to register. 

Find the full programme here.


Trinity COllege Dublin

The conference will be held in Trinity College Dublin, right in the heart of Dublin city centre. The College is readily accessible by all forms of public transport and there are many hotels etc within a short distance of the College.