The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union has fundamentally altered the conditions and assumptions regarding the 1998 Agreement and what it meant for the future of the island of Ireland. Relations between Britain and Ireland are completely reworked (Strand 3). North-south cooperation (Strand 2) is made more difficult. And unionist/nationalist power-sharing (Strand 1) is under increasing strain. This presentation outlines the ways in which the whole island has been affected by Brexit and, indeed, what remains stubbornly unchanged. In so doing, it considers what adjustments might need to be made as this process of transition evolves. Drawing on evidence from legal and policy documents as well as on data on public opinion, the purpose of the lecture is to offer a nuanced picture of what the post-Brexit future of the island might be. This event is part of the Illinois Global Institute's Transitional Justice Series. Please register here.
About the speaker:
Katy Hayward is Professor of Political Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast, a Fellow of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, and a Senior Fellow in the UK in a Changing Europe think-tank where she leads a project on ‘The post-Brexit status and future of Northern Ireland’. The author of over 350 publications, her latest books are a co-authored book on Northern Ireland a Generation after Good Friday (MUP, 2021) and a monograph titled ‘What do we know and what should we do about… the Irish border’ (Sage, 2021). The recipient of an Eisenhower Fellowship (2019), and the ‘Political Communicator of the Year’ award from the Political Studies Association (2019), Prof Hayward has written and presented to media, policy, civic and academic audiences worldwide.
About the Blueprint for Transitional Justice in the U.S. Speaker Series:
This speaker series is presented by Illinois Global Institute in partnership with Center for African Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program. This series is made possible by the Chancellor’s 2021-2022 Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program and is co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Each speaker will bring a regional focus with themes bearing on transitional justice, including policing, reparations, gender justice, economic inequality/justice, educational reform, and the role of youth. These events will be hosted via Zoom. Please see here for more details on this series.