Past Events: 2023-


UKAEL Webinar: Brexit, the Northern Ireland Protocol and the Windsor Framework – 23 May 2023

Borders played a significant part in the Brexit negotiations, most notably in relation to Northern Ireland. Brexit meant that the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland constituted an external border for the EU. This would not normally be problematic, and there would customarily be customs posts and border checks. It was, however, felt to be essential to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, which was the rationale for the lengthy discussions leading to the Northern Ireland Protocol. Dissatisfaction in some quarters with the operation of the Protocol prompted its renegotiation, which led to the Windsor Framework. This webinar considered the backdrop to the Northern Ireland Protocol and the extent to which the problems associated with it had been overcome by the Windsor Framework.


Prof Paul Craig (President of the UKAEL)

Prof Colin Murray (Professor of Law and Democracy at Newcastle University)

Niall Robb (PhD candidate at Queen’s University Belfast)

The webinar was chaired by Prof Paul Craig and attracted an international audience of 50 people. 

Joint UKAEL/FIDE Finland Webinar: EU Law and Policy after the Russian Invasion of Ukraine – 21 March 2023

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the on-going war in Europe and its geopolitical and economic implications have made the European Union revisit its role as an economic, security and political actor. This webinar, organised jointly by UKAEL and FIDE Finland, explored the impact of the war so far by focusing on a range of topical policies, namely sanctions, energy, the movement of people, and security and defence. 

Prof Violeta Moreno-Lax (Queen Mary University of London and University of Barcelona): Differentiated Asylum and Discriminatory Refuge? The EU’s (Mis)Handling of Forced Displacements from Ukraine and Russia

Dr Carolyn Moser (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg): The Common Security and Defence Policy after the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Prof Allan Rosas (former Judge at European Court of Justice): From Freezing to Confiscation of Russian Funds?

Prof Kim Talus (James McCulloch Chair in Energy Law, Tulane University): Energy Crisis: Current Regulatory Measures and the Way Forward

The webinar was chaired by Prof Paul Craig, President of the UKAEL, and attracted an international audience of approximately 70 people. 

UKAEL Annual Lecture: Data Protection: Made in Europe and Exported Globally – 19 January 2023Great Hall, King’s College London

The Lecture was delivered by Christopher Vajda KC and explored the rapid development of data protection rights within Europe, their inter-relationship with other rights and their impact outside Europe.

The lecture attracted an audience of 50 people and was followed by a lively drinks reception and a well-attended formal dinner. 

Full text of the lecture here.