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Law Society of Scotland to hold Brexit seminar at Glasgow Caledonian University

19 January 2017

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union and the potential impact of this is the subject of debate at a seminar organised by the Law Society of Scotland and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) next month (Thursday, February 23.)

The Law Society of Scotland and GCU are hosting the event to bring together students, academics, policy makers and legal professionals to analyse the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The event will welcome a panel of speakers, which include Professor of the University of Strathclyde, Nicole Busby, Peter Geoghegan, investigative journalist and writer, and Anthony Speaight QC.

Professor Busby’s teaching and research interests are focused in the areas of Labour and Employment Law, Discrimination Law, and European Social Law and Policy. Her research explores the constitutionalisation of labour rights, with particular reference to the EU constitution post-Lisbon.

Investigative journalist Peter Geoghegan was nominated for the Saltire Society First Book Prize for his book, The People’s Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again, published in 2015. He has reported from numerous countries, including Albania, Kosovo, Egypt, Namibia, Zambia, Iceland, Ireland and Scotland, across a range of broadsheet titles and produced documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and others. In addition, he edits the Political Insight for the Political Studies Association.

Queen Council’s Anthony Speaight has specialist experience in public, regulatory and discipline work, especially in relation to the financial services industry. He has had particular involvement with cases considering the impact of the Human Rights Act on financial regulation.

The event will cover human rights topics including: the potential impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU and the consequent withdrawal from the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the human rights landscape, and the public and the media’s role in reporting on these issues.

GCU Professor of Healthcare and Medical Law, Alison Britton, one of the organisers of the event, is looking forward to welcoming members of the academic and professional community to the city centre campus.

She said: “We are entering a new phase in our political and cultural landscape and where better to discuss and debate what post-Brexit means than in the forum of a University. Open dialogue and discussions with students and professionals about our human rights, which is one of the cornerstones of our society, is critical.”

The seminar will take place on Thursday, February 23, from 5.30pm - 8.30pm, in the Hamish Wood Building. If you are interested in attending the event, please sign up to the free event here