EUTIP Conference: The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement

Birmingham Law School LT1, Institute of European Law, University of Birmingham
Thursday 30 June (10:30) - Friday 1 July 2022 (13:00)

Institute of European Law: The Future of European Law and Policy VIII

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) has been the legal foundation of the relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom since it entered into force on 1 January 2021.

As Wolfgang Weiss pointed out in his Institute of European Law Annual Lecture 2021, it is the first Free Trade Agreement erecting barriers to trade rather than eliminating or reducing them. While the TCA is incomplete and in parts controversial, it might well govern trade and law across the Channel for many years to come. Therefore, it is high time to take a closer look and start a discussion on the most important and the most controversial aspects of the TCA. We have assembled some of the most eminent experts in their fields from universities in the United Kingdom and beyond to start that discussion. 


Thursday 30 June 2022

  • 10.00-10.30 Registration and Coffee (Senior Common Room)
  • 10.30-12.00 Opening Panel (LT1): European high politics after Brexit
    • Chair: Isabella Mancini (EUTIP, Brunel University)
    • Opening: Martin Trybus (EUTIP, University of Birmingham)
    • Anthony Arnull (University of Birmingham): Politics and the law in the Brexit Era 
    • Fabian Amtenbrink (EUTIP, Erasmus University Rotterdam): The strategic autonomy of the EU
    • Aris Georgopoulos (University of Nottingham): The TCA and the defence of Europe 
  • 12.00-13.00 Lunch (Senior Common Room)
  • 13.00-14.45 Out of the Internal Market (LT1)
    • Chair: Panos Koutrakos (City, University of London)  
    • Catherine Barnard (University of Cambridge): Goods and services in the TCA 
    • Jeffrey Kenner (EUTIP, University of Nottingham): The level playing field 
    • Luca Rubini (University of Turin): State aids after Brexit
    • Anna Maria La Chimia (University of Nottingham): Public procurement law and policy after Brexit
  • 14.45-15.15 Tea (Senior Common Room)
  • 15.15-16.30 Fishbones of contention (LT1)
    • Chair: Rilka Dragneva- Lewers (University of Birmingham)
    • Michael Dougan (University of Liverpool): The Northern Ireland Protocol 
    • Jill Wakefield (University of Warwick): The TCA and fisheries 

Friday 1 July 2022

  • 9.30—11.00 Legal Foundations after Brexit (LT1)
    • Chair: Mariela de Amstalden (University of Birmingham)
    • Adam Lazowski (University of Westminster): Stand up for your rights...before it is too late: the TCA and direct effect 
    • Wolfgang Weiss (EUTIP, German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer): Institutions and democracy in the TCA 
    • Adam Cygan (University of Leicester): Parliamentary oversight of EU-UK relations
  • 11.00-11.30 Coffee (Senior Common Room)
  • 11.30-13.00 Closing Panel: Trade and investment (LT1)
    • Chair: Henok Asmelash (University of Birmingham)
    • Piet Eeckhout (University College London): The EU-UK TCA as a Free Trade Agreement 
    • Elaine Fahey (EUTIP, City, University of London): The TCA, data protection, and digital trade
    • Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi (University of Birmingham): The enforcement of intra-EU investment awards in the post-Brexit era 


 Flag of the EUFunded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 721916

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