On 1 and 2 November 2018, the University of Edinburgh Law School and the Law Faculty of KU Leuven (Belgium) co-hosted the 2nd Edinburgh-Leuven LERU Brexit Seminar in Edinburgh. The seminar was kindly arranged by Professor Wouter Devroe (Leuven) and Dr Tobias Lock (Edinburgh). The objective was to highlight key challenges posed by Brexit for EU and UK constitutional and substantive law.

From the Oxford Law Faculty, Katharina Behrend, Núria González Campaña, and Alix de Zitter, all DPhil Candidates in Law, were invited to join the discussion. On the first day, Katharina opened the seminar with a paper on “The legal nature of the withdrawal agreement”. Alix closed that day with a presentation focusing on the possible shapes of the  dispute resolution mechanisms for the future EU-UK relations, and the potential role of arbitration in that respect. On the second day, Núria presented a paper on “Scottish independence after Brexit”, which forms part of her DPhil thesis. 

The seminar was a unique opportunity for academics from different legal backgrounds to present their views and discuss them with their peers in an informal atmosphere. We were delighted to have been invited to such an interesting and intense discussion. All participants in the seminar agreed that Brexit remains a key issue in EU law over the next years. Another meeting in the same format is therefore planned in 2019.

The contributions to the seminar are available here: https://www.europeanfutures.ed.ac.uk/topics/leru-leuven-2017