The EU-UK TCA: Also as stubborn as the Northern Ireland Protocol?

Online via Zoom
Thursday 9 December 2021 (18:00-19:00)

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Professor Wolfgang Weiss
  • Institute of European Law Annual Lecture 2021
  • Professor Wolfgang Weiss (Speyer)

Abstract: This lecture on the Trade and Partnership Agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom (TCA) will first give a general overview of the agreement and then assess its functionality. The Northern Ireland Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement (NI Protocol) has already demonstrated the difficulties of implementing a low-functioning, complex set of rules; it has triggered disagreements between the parties and gives rise to ongoing disputes and demands for treaty changes. Given this current backdrop to EU-UK trade relations, the question of whether the TCA will lead to a lasting stabilisation of EU-UK trade and political relations or whether, like the NI Protocol, it will be more of a treaty that continues to cause disputes due to its incompleteness, although perhaps not to the same extent as the NI Protocol, becomes relevant.

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Weiß (English spelling Weiss), born in 1966, studied law and economics at the University of Bayreuth/Germany from 1988 to 1993. After completing his Dr. juris (1995) he became a fully qualified lawyer (Second State Exam in 1997), and a legal scholar. Having completed his Habilitation in 2000 he worked as Acting Professor at different German Universities and later became a Professor in International Law at Oxford Brookes University. From 2006 to 2008 he was also Professor in Public Law, European Law and Public International Law at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg before he took over a Chair in Public Law, European Law and Public International Law at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. Since 2015, he is a Senior Fellow to the German Research Institute for Public Administration in Speyer.

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