Brexit and the Law

Human Rights after Brexit

Human Rights after Brexit - A Roundtable Discussion

Organised by University of Wolverhampton Law School and the Law Research Centre

Date: Thursday, 4 May 2017

Time: 1pm to 3pm, with lunch at 12pm
Venue: MU007, Lord Swraj Paul (MU) Building, Molineux Street, City Campus (Molineux), Wolverhampton, WV1 1SG. A campus map is available here.

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About the discussion

The debate on Brexit, both before and after the referendum, has concentrated primarily on the potential economic impact of the UK leaving the EU. An issue that has been neglected comparatively is the effect that Brexit may have on human rights protection in the UK.

Where human rights are considered in public debate and in the media, the discourse tends to be blighted by fundamental misconceptions: the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is often misunderstood to be an EU legal instrument, and the Council of Europe’s judicial organ, the European Court of Human Rights, which oversees the ECHR’s application, is regularly conflated with the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Brexit should not, in itself, threaten the legal status of the ECHR in the UK, a status accorded to it through the Human Rights Act 1998. However, there may be a number of reasons to be concerned about human rights protection in the UK post-Brexit.

The contributors to this roundtable, all experts in the areas of EU law and/or human rights law, will consider the likely impact that Brexit will have on human rights protection in the UK.


Dr John Cotter (University of Wolverhampton)

John Cotter

Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos (Brunel University London)

Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos

Dr Javier Garcia Oliva (University of Manchester)

Dr Javier Garcia Oliva

Dr Natasa Mavronicola (University of Birmingham)

Dr Natasa Mavronicola

Chair:  Sukhninder Panesar, Head of University of Wolverhampton Law School

Sukhninder Panesar