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After Brexit: Debating Constitutional futures across 'these islands'

On the 18th of February 2022 IBIS hosted a one-day 'hybrid' workshop exploring the critical debates shaping the constitutional future of 'these islands' after Brexit. 

Watch a full recording of the event here.


10:45 - 11:00

Opening remarks

Dr Jonathan Evershed, University College Dublin

11:00 - 12:30

Roundtable 1

What do we talk about when we talk about constitutional futures?

This roundtable will address what constitutions are (and what they aren't), what principles are at stake in processes of constitutional change, and what these processes can and should seek to achieve.

Chair: Dr Paul Gillespie, University College Dublin

Prof Jennifer Todd, University College Dublin

Dr Dawn Walsh, University College Dublin

Prof Aoife O'Donoghue, Durham University

Prof Eoin Carolan, University College Dublin

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 15:00

Roundtable 2

Unionism(s) and/as constitutional future(s)

In this roundtable, participants will discuss Unionism as a way of thinking about the constitutional future, and the different ways that 'Union' is conceived of and experienced across the islands.

Chair: Dr Dawn Walsh, University College Dublin

Prof Michael Keating, University of Aberdeen

Sarah Creighton, Writer, Lawyer and Political Commentator

Prof Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones, Aberystwyth University

Dr Coree Brown Swan, Queen's University Belfast

15:00 - 15:15


15:15 - 16:45

Roundtable 3

Nationalism(s) and/as constitutional future(s)

This final roundtable will examine Nationalism as a way of doing politics in Wales, Ireland and Scotland, and how different Nationalist visions of the post-Brexit political and constitutional future interact.

Chair: Dr Jonathan Evershed, University College Dublin

John Osmond, Author and Political Advisor, Plaid Cymru

Dr Judith Sijstermans, Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee

Seanadóir Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin Senator for the Agricultural Panel, Seanad Éireann

Prof Michael Russell, President, Scottish National Party (SNP), and University of Glasgow

16:45 - 17:00

Closing remarks

Dr Jonathan Evershed, University College Dublin