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The Northern Ireland Peace Process after Brexit

Friday, March 12, 2021

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union has posed profound challenges for the Northern Ireland peace process and significant implications for the constitutional future of the region and politics on the island of Ireland. These challenges have triggered intense engagement from political leaders and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic, with critical alliances emerging between Ireland and the US to protect the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. This one-day virtual symposium, The Northern Ireland Peace Process after Brexit, will shine a light on these issues by bringing together key figures from Northern Ireland and the US who have been at the forefront of these efforts, in both research and practice. The symposium will hear from a range of scholars and practitioners, including keynote addresses from Professor Monica McWilliams, Emeritus Professor at the University of Ulster and Professor Brendan O'Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, experts in the field who have each been critically engaged in the Northern Ireland peace process. The symposium will also host a discussion with Congressman Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania’s Second District, a pivotal figure in US congressional efforts to protect the Good Friday Agreement in light of Brexit. Among other topics, the event will address the implications of the UK’s exit for: peace and security in Northern Ireland, gender equality and social justice, US-Irish relations, US-UK relations and the constitutional future of the region.

This event will be held virtually.

Please register for the symposium online by March 8, 2021.



Contact Information

Villanova University
SAC Room 105E
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Joseph Lennon
Phone: (610) 519-4647

Associate Director,
Dr. Jennifer A. Joyce
Phone: (610) 519-8953

Administrative Assistant, 
Kiersten Ludy

Phone: (610) 519-7517