Democracy in the European Union – getting it right

"Professor Gavin Barrett’s research has focused on democracy in the European Union, looking in particular at the role of parliaments, the operation of referendums, and the sensitive field of justice and home affairs.

Drawing on this research, Professor Barrett played a key role in securing change to Irish statute law on voting rights for EU citizens. Given that over 100,000 non-Irish nationals live in Ireland, it is reasonable to say that tens of thousands of them may have benefitted from this change in law.

His research also helped chart the course for the second (successful) referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, an agreement which has forged the current legal basis of Ireland’s relationship with the EU, and a document which has affected the lives of millions of people."