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Good Friday Agreement at 25: The troubled past and the uncertain future

05/04/2023 /2:00 PM - 3:00 PM BST

Good Friday Agreement

Seminar registration:  https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FkNdE1vWRwS-BGg_6HohkA

The 10 April 2023 marks the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), which is responsible in large part for bringing peace in Northern Ireland. It was agreed when both the UK and Ireland were in the EU’s single market and Customs Union. Brexit has challenged that settlement. The Northern Ireland Protocol, together with amendments by the Windsor Framework, are intended to reconcile the UK’s leaving the single market and the customs union with two seemingly incompatible objectives: one ensuring there is no North-South border, ie, between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland; the other ensuring there is no West-East border, ie, between the rest of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.  The second has proved to be particularly difficult. The aim of this seminar is to look at: (1) how we have got the position we are currently in and (2) what may be the future for the Good Friday Agreement and its implications.


Prof. Catherine Barnard: FBA, FLSW, FRSA, Professor of EU law and Employment Law at Cambridge University; Advisory Board member of Oxford Global Society.


Sir Ivor Roberts: KCMG, FCIL, Former British Ambassador in Belgrade, Dublin and Rome; former President of Trinity College Oxford University; Advisory Board member of Oxford Global Society.

Prof. Marianne Elliott: Blair Chair, OBE, FBA, FRHistS, Professor Emerita and former Director of The Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool.

Prof. Christopher McCrudden: FBA, Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law at Queen’s University Belfast and William W Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. Until 2011, he was Professor of Human Rights Law at Oxford University.

Mr. Alan Doss: Former Under Secretary General of the United Nations; former President of Kofi Annan Foundation; Chairman of the Advisory Board of Oxford Global Society.

Dr. Niamh Gallagher: Associate Professor in Modern British and Irish History, Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University. Her book, Ireland and the Great War: A Social and Political History, won the Royal Historical Society’s 2020 Whitfield Prize.


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