Conference in Brussels on the UK’s future with the EU

The future of the UK's relationship with the EU will be the topic of discussion at a colloquium to be held on Friday 17 March at the University of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS).

The keynote presentation on ‘Brexit – the state of play: what do we know and where might we go?’ will be delivered by Professor Richard Whitman, Head of Kent’s School of Politics and International Relations and Director of the Global Europe Centre.

With the Prime Minister expected to formally invoke Article 50 within the next two weeks, Professor Whitman will look at how Brexit will be completed during the next two years.

The academic conference, entitled ‘New bi-lateralism? Prospectives’ for future UK-EU relations’, at BSIS will be chaired by Dean for Medway, Professor Nick Grief of Kent Law School and will take place from 08.30 to 13.00 (CET).

Other distinguished guest speakers will focus on three sectors of crucial importance for 21st century economies:

Energy markets: David Powell, Head of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at Kent and former British ambassador to Norway; and Leonard Hawkes, Solicitor (Juriste Conseil) at DBB Law in Brussels (and Kent Law School alumnus);

Digital markets: John Higgins CBE, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, which represents the digital technology industry in Europe;

Competition: Joanna Goyder, Senior Knowledge Lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Brussels.

To register, please contact Leanord Hawkes: lhawkes@dbblaw.eu