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Seminars, lectures and discussion events

Migration and Brexit, EFTA Court

3 June 2016

Catherine gave a guest lecture about migration and Brexit at the Court of Justice of the European Free Trade Association.


The benefits of benefits, University of Lund

26 May 2016

Catherine gave a guest lecture at Lund University about EU migration and benefits.


European regulation, British Academy

25 May 2016

Catherine gave a lecture at the British Academy about the nature and effects of European regulation.


What does the EU mean for me? Spalding Town Hall Event


23 May 2016, 17.00-19.00, South Holland Centre, Spalding, Lincolnshire

Join us for a panel discussion and 'Question Time' style event to explore different views on the EU and what might happen in light of June's referendum on UK membership of the EU. Tickets are free from the South Holland Centre. You can submit a question for the panel to answer in advance of the event on twitter  or complete a question form in the foyer of the South Holland Centre.

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Human rights in transitionhrs

17 May 2016

Catherine was part of a UK in a Changing Europe panel exploring the implications of Brexit from a human rights perspective at the University of Roehampton.


Speaking at event on cross-border media services and Brexitharcourt

13 May 2016

Alison Harcourt, Professor of Politics at the University of Exeter and a Senior Fellow at The UK in a Changing Europe, hosted a stakeholder workshop in London on cross-border media services and Brexit. Catherine was an invited speaker.

Catherine is keynote speaker at Fitz Brexit event


11 May 2016

Fitzwilliam College hosted a Brexit event in London to which Catherine was invited as the keynote speaker.

 Constitutional impacts of Brexit

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3 May 2016, Parliament Chamber, Inner Temple, London

Catherine formed part of a panel to discuss the constitutional implications of Brexit alongside Lord Faulkner, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Laws and Martin Howe QC.

Immigration: a discussion evening with Keir Starmer QC MP

Sir Keir

15 April 2016, Hughes Hall, Cambridge

Amy discussed EU free movement and data from the 'Honeypot Britain?' project alongside Keir Starmer, Shadow Immigration Minister. Keri is visiting towns across the UK on a fact finding mission to inform the report that he is writing about immigration, which is expected to be published in June or July this year.

Routes to Workplace Dispute Resolution: the Experiences of EU-8 Migrant Workers

7 April 2016, SLSA Annual Conference, University of Lancaster

Amy presented a paper about some of the qualitative evidence that has been gathered about EU-8 nationals' experiences of dispute in the workplace and their responses to violations of their rights.

Brexit Divisions II: The Mother of Migration Debates

22 March 2016, UCL, Londonslides UCL

Amy presented some emerging findings from the 'Honeypot Britain' project as part of a panel discussion alongside John Springford, Hugo Dixon and Ian Preston. The session was chaired by John Peet, Political Editor at The Economist.

Following the event, Catherine and Amy contributed a blog post for openDemocracy as part of UCL European Institute's guest editor weeks. You can read the piece here.

Honeypot Britain?lund2

11 March 2016, Faculty of Law, Lund University

Catherine delivered a lecture about emerging findings from the Honeypot Britain project.

What does Europe mean for social rights?

8 March 2016, Cambridge Law Faculty

Catherine delivered a lecture as part of a series entitled 'What does Europe mean...' organised by Cambridge University European Society. You can listen to her lecture here.

A roundtable discussion: 'Time to rethink EU free movement of persons?'

26 February 2016, 14.00-17.00, Cavonius Centre, Gonville and Caius College, West Road, Cambridge

Some people believe that EU migrant workers come to the UK in order to claim benefits, or to work in jobs that are low paid so 


that they can claim in work benefits like tax credits. Others believe that EU migrant workers ‘take’ jobs from UK workers and undercut wages and other labour standards. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, takes the view that EU migration to the UK is inflating the costs of social security and burdening over-stretched public services. He is currently seeking changes to the EU Treaty rules on free movement as part of his negotiations with the EU prior to the UK’s referendum about EU membership, which is expected to take place later in 2016.

In this roundtable discussion experts on EU migration law consider the pull factors that bring EU migrants to the UK, what we know about migrants’ experiences once they are living and working in the UK, and prospects for reform in the light of the crucial European Council meeting that takes place the week before this event.

After the roundtable participants are warmly invited to attend the Centre for European Legal Studies’ annual Mackenzie Stuart Lecture, at 5.30pm in the Faculty of Law. This year’s lecture will be given by Advocate General Julianne Kokott who will discuss ‘Investment Arbitration and EU Law’.

You can download a copy of the programme for the day.  

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'What's in Cameron's baskets and why does it matter?'clarke

8 February 2016

CELS organised a seminar to discuss the draft decision aimed at keeping the UK in the EU.

  • Professor Kenneth Armstrong: Baskets 1 and 2: Competitiveness and Governance;
  • Dr Julie Smith: Basket 3: Sovereignty;
  • Professor Catherine Barnard: Basket 4: Social Benefits and Free Movement;
  • Dr Markus Gehring: What's difficult about the baskets for other Member States?;
  • Dr Albertina Albors-Llorens: If the proposals are adopted how enforceable would they be anyway?

Video of discussion panel

moncktonCatherine Barnard gives seminar at Monckton Chambers ‘Brexit’ Event London

2 December 2015

Catherine was a guest speaker at Moncton Chambers where she talked about migration and EU migrants’ entitlements to social security benefits.