What will human rights laws look like after Brexit

An upcoming event will see legal minds from academic institutions and public bodies join together to examine the future of human rights protection in a post-Brexit future.

Entitled ‘Human Rights Laws at a Crossroads: What Directions after Brexit?’ the one day event on Friday 25 May will look panoramically at the pressures and challenges associated with a human rights landscape unsettled by Brexit.

Topics up for discussion will include the position of EU law, the protection of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the human rights instruments that might replace it, and the future of the Human Rights Act.

The event, which is free and open to the public, has been organised by the University of Leicester’s Centre for European Law and Internationalisation (CELI), based at the Leicester Law School.

CELI brings together researchers with an interest in the fields of all aspects of European law in the widest sense and in trends of internationalisation. It promotes academic research, holds seminars and conferences, and receives visitors wishing to conduct research in this area.

Ed Bates, Associate Professor at Leicester Law School, said: “We really are at a critical time for the future of human rights protection in this country, and within the European context generally; so this event gathers together leading experts in the field to gain the bigger picture.

“It will shed light on the current issues and controversies related to human rights protection in the context of Brexit, but goes much further, by looking to the national and European frameworks, and the pressures they face, both now and in the future."

The event will take place from 10am-5pm in the University of Leicester’s Fielding Johnson Building, Council Suite 1.