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Brexit and Bill of Rights Research Published

Research paper on human rights published resulting from Institute co-organised workshop


09 Feb 2017

A research paper on human rights in the UK, in light of Brexit and the proposed British Bill of Rights, was published this week. The publication was co-edited by Europa Institute Co-Director Dr Tobias Lock and Dr Tom Gerald Daly.

The paper is the outcome of a workshop held in October 2016 and organised by the Edinburgh Europa Institute and the Global Justice Academy, in collaboration with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Human Rights Institute at Queen’s University Belfast. The event was generously supported by the Thomas Paine Initiative.

It explores two interconnected developments of profound significance for the constitutional order of the United Kingdom: Brexit and a potential British Bill of Rights. Although the discussion at the workshop ranged widely, human rights protection and the prospect of regression in existing rights protection became the primary areas of focus.

The research paper reviews these areas and examines the possible implications of each across a range of dimensions: the devolution settlements; the peace settlement in Northern Ireland (based on the Good Friday Agreement); parliamentary supremacy; the UK’s relationship with the European Union; and the UK’s international obligations beyond the EU legal order.

Contributors include Europa Institute Chair Prof Sir David Edward and Europa Institute Member Dr Cormac Mac Amhlaigh.

Download from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

Dr Tobias Lock, Europa Institute Co-Director, is Senior Lecturer in European Union Law at the University of Edinburgh.

Rt Hon Prof Sir David Edward KCMG QC FRSE, Europa Institute Chair, is Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Cormac Mac Amhlaigh, Europa Institute Member, is Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the University of Edinburgh.


The Edinburgh Europa Institute is the University of Edinburgh's research centre on European integration. Founded in 1968, it is the oldest organsation of its kind in Scotland and the UK. The Institute occupies a strategic position in academic and policy debates on Europe and organises a range of events and activities for academics, practitioners and the wider public.