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Brexit in a Changing Geopolitical Context


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9.00am - 5.00pm

The research network Geopolitics, Law and International Relations at LJMU is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium on the geopolitical implications of Brexit.

Since the EU referendum, there has been debate on how the UK should define its role in the international community after leaving the EU.

As the UK is a significant player in international relations and the EU is a major global actor, Brexit is likely to have a profound geopolitical impact. This symposium will bring together academics, policy experts and practitioners to map out possible post-Brexit scenarios and to promote a better understanding of Brexit and its geopolitical consequences.

The symposium will examine the geopolitical context and implications of Brexit, and consider potential scenarios for the EU, the UK and the global order. It will examine a number of important questions. These include the new relationship between the UK and the EU, how Europe and the UK will deal with common concerns such as Russia’s resurgence in world affairs and the impact of a Trump presidency on UK-US relations and UK-Europe relations.

We invite papers, posters and panels from both established scholars and early career researchers, in particular PGR students from various academic disciplines on the following themes:

  • EU foreign and security policy
  • Relationships between the UK, Europe and Russia
  • Relationships between the UK, US and Europe
  • The fight against international crime and terrorism after Brexit

The keynote speaker is Professor Paul James Cardwell, Strathclyde University, the most established UK scholar on the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU. The title of his address is More Common, More Foreign, More Security, More Policy? Brexit, the CFSP and the EU.

Selected papers from the symposium will be published in a peer-reviewed volume. Routledge has provisionally agreed to publish the edited book.

If you are interested in presenting a paper or a poster, or in organising a panel on the above topics, please submit a proposal along with a 300-word abstract and a short biography to Dr Matthew Alan Hill ( by Friday May 26. You will be notified by Friday June 2 on whether your proposals have been accepted.

There is no conference fee. We also have funding to subsidise travel and accommodation costs for current postgraduate research students from UK and overseas institutions. In your abstract submission please inform us if you require funding.

The symposium is funded by LJMU’s Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies and the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES).