SOCIO-LEGAL EXITS FROM THE EU

EU membership has played a significant role in promoting the openness of UK academia and influencing the trajectory of socio-legal studies. However, its exact effects have been underappreciated. For example, EU studies pioneered interdisciplinary approaches, cutting across law and political science. Free movement diversified higher education and enabled the dialogue between Anglo-Saxon and Continental European thinking to flourish. Generations of students experienced these different perspectives by embarking on Erasmus exchanges and EU funding supported large-scale socio-legal projects across the continent.

Against this backdrop, Brexit entails important ramifications for socio-legal studies, but also has significant socio-legal consequences more broadly. Regarding the former, the question arises as to the continuing relevance and mutual influence between UK socio-legal studies and their European counterparts. Regarding the latter, citizens from the EU Members States and the UK alike, often vulnerable, already encounter Brexit-induced obstacles in their lives. Additional burdens have been created, particularly in the area of immigration, and long-standing levels of protection are under threat. At the same time, the EU experiences a new wave of crises, prompting a re-evaluation of its raison d’être.

The topic is open to academics from various disciplines and career stages. Papers may address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • The normative influence of European scholarship on socio-legal approaches in the UK and vice-versa

  • The politics of Brexit negotiations and alternatives to European influence post-Brexit

  • The impact of Brexit on UK and EU citizens but also on asylum-seekers and immigration policy

  • The future of areas positively influenced by EU law in the UK, such as employment law

  • The parallels between Brexit and the ongoing challenges of authoritarian populism and the EU rule of law crisis

  • Socio-legal narratives on the failures or untold stories of the EU project, such as the links between Brexit, European integration and imperialism

  • The contribution of free movement and EU funding to the diversity of higher education and the implications of their restriction

 

Convenors

Konstantinos Alexandris Polomarkakis (k.alexandris-polomarkakis@exeter.ac.uk) and Lisa Mardikian (lisa.mardikian@brunel.ac.uk)