Call for papers: Leaving Europe? 25 June 2014

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“Leaving Europe? The Legal, Political and Economic Implications of a UK Exit from the EU”

Institute of European Law
University of Birmingham
25 June 2014, 11.00 am – 5.00 pm,

David Cameron promises an “In or Out” referendum on the UK’s EU membership in 2017 in the event that a Conservative or Conservative-led government is returned to office in 2015. This poses many legal, economic and political questions on how such an exit would be organised and its likely impact on both the EU and the UK. In 2014, after 40 years of full UK membership of the EU, these are timely questions even if exit was not on the political agenda. 

The Institute of European Law and the Public Law & Human Rights Research Cluster at Birmingham Law School are hosting a one-day workshop in June 2014 to explore these questions in three interrelated sessions.

  • Session 1 ("How to Leave?") will explore the UK constitutional law aspects and the EU law aspects of exit. This includes discussion of why an exit is on the political agenda in the first place and what the likely scenario of an exit if the people were to vote in favour of it in 2017.
  • Session 2 ("What is the Impact of Leaving?") examines the impact of an EU exit on the jurisdictions of the UK, alternatives to full membership, and the impact on EU law and policy. 
  • Session 3 ("Should We Stay or Should We Go?") discusses the arguments for and against exit. 

Lawyers, political scientists, economists and historians from the UK and EU are lined up to participate, including:

If you would like to deliver a paper please respond to this call. Please send the title of your proposed paper along with a 200-word abstract and contact details to: Ms Hayley Yarnell, University of Birmingham, Birmingham Law School, Institute of European Law, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK; Tel: 0121 414 6312; Fax: 0121 414 3585 e-mail: 

Deadline: 28 February 2014. Responses can be expected by the end of March 2014.