Waiting for Brexit: Conference in Milan (Italy) on 19 October 2018


The result of the 2016 Brexit referendum was not only a political shock, but also and foremost a symbolic turning point in the history of the EU. The United Kingdom’s foreseen withdrawal from the Union has given rise to many political, legal, economic and social debates.

The University of Milan-Bicocca will host the conference Waiting for Brexit: open issues in the internal market and in the AFSJ” which will take place on 19 October 2018 with the aim of contributing to the analysis of the impact and possible effects of Brexit on both EU Law and Italian law in practice.

After a short overview of the main institutional aspects, national and international experts from various background (scholars, public officials, legal practitioners, industry representatives) will offer the audience with an insight into the changes that the withdrawal from the EU of a Member State will have on specific socio-economic areas.

In particular, the first part of the morning session, chaired by Prof Antonio Tizzano, will be devoted to some general overviews on the impact of Brexit on the European Union (Jacques Ziller), on the current state of the EU-UK negotiations (Carlo Curti Gialdino) and the role of the Court of Justice after the UK withdrawal (Kieran Bradley). The second part of the morning will then focus on the possible effects of Brexit on specific sectors, notably the transfer of personal data outside the EU taking into account the new GDPR (Bruno Gencarelli), as well as judicial cooperation in criminal matters in light of the recent case-law of the CJEU.

The afternoon session, chaired by Prof Fausto Pocar, will follow on and be dedicated to the likely effects of Brexit on banking and investment law (Giovanni Sabatini), competition law (Gabriella Muscolo), intellectual property law (Paul Torremans), company law (Rafael Arenas García), and the Dublin asylum system (Michael Wilderspin).

The conference is organised by Costanza Honorati (Full Professor of EU Law and Private International Law, University of Milan-Bicocca), Serena Crespi (Aggregate Professor of EU Law, University of Milan-Bicocca) and Paolo Iannuccelli (Référandaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union) within the framework of the Jean Monnet Module held at the University of Milan-Bicocca.

More information is available here.