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Rediscovering the European Union Project in the Light of the Brexit Referendum


Join a discussion on the 'European project' in the context of Brexit

You are invited to a conference which brings together financial and legal experts from across Europe to discuss and debate the 'European project' in the light of Britain's referendum vote to leave the European Union. This conference is organised under the honorary patronage of The Law Society of England and Wales, the European Law Institute, the Consiglio dell'Ordine degli Avvocati di Napoli, and the Associazione Giuristi Avvocati Per L'Europa. 

Venue: University of East London, USS campus, 1 Salway Road, Stratford, London, E15 1NF
Date and Time: Friday 20 July 2018, from 9.00 to 18.00

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Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the University of East London subject to submission of an impact assessment form at the end of the event.

Registration 8:30-9:00

Greetings to conference participants and opening remarks 9:00-9:30

Adam Doyle, University of East London, Head of Department, Law and Criminology
Prof Panagiotis Andrikopoulos, Coventry University, Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity
Maurizio Bianco, Bar Association of Naples, President
Mickaël Laurans, The Law Society, Head of International

Opening Remarks
Dr Costantino Grasso, Senior Lecturer in Law, Coventry University

Morning Session (I) 9:30-10.45
Chair: Dr Costantino Grasso, Senior Lecturer in Law, Coventry University

Lucia Zeleznik, Registered European Lawyer, Adam Nelson LLP: Brexit: free movement of people between the EU and UK and settled status
Dr Annalisa Meloni, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of East London: The new EU entry/exit system and the securitization of border movement
Florinda Monacò, Member of the European Union Law Committee, Bar Association of Naples: Directive (EU) 2016/801 on entry and residence of third-country nationals for research, studies and training: a role model after Brexit?
Dr Chiara Mancuso, Senior Immigration Consultant at CJ Liberty Immigration: EEA nationals in the UK after Brexit: consolidation of immigration status, routes to citizenship and categories at risk.

Coffee break 10.45-11:15

Morning Session (II) 11:15-12.45
Chair: Dr Annalisa Meloni, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of East London

John Koo, Associate Professor, London South Bank University: The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and Brexit: surveying the issues
Dr Costantino Grasso, Senior Lecturer in Law, Coventry University: Pluralist democracy, rule of law and judicial independence: the crucial role of the ECJ
Mary Inman, Lawyer, Partner at Constantine Cannon LLP: Towards a common European legal framework for the protection of whistleblowers
Rita Giannini, EU Justice Policy Advisor, Law Societies of England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland: Legal and constitutional issues of Brexit: their relevance in the negotiations and the futur relationship between the UK and EU
Patricia Tuitt, Legal Academic at The UK’s general strike: reading Brexit through Walter Benjamin’s critique of violence

Lunch break 12.45-13.45. The lunch has been kindly sponsored by Ascheri Academy

Afternoon Session (I) 13:45-15:30
Chair: Dr Stuart MacLennan, Senior Lecturer in Law, Coventry University

Prof Rafael Leal-Arcas, Professor of European and International Economic Law, Queen Mary University of London: Legal aspects of international trade in the light of the Brexit referendum
Daniele Majorana, Accountant - Tax Advisor at Fantozzi & Associati LLP: Reorganization of European Union groups: risks and opportunities
Dea Brushtulli, Senior Associate Consultant at Ascheri & Partners: Brexit and Commonwealth countries: impact on status and trade
Dr Giulia Sandalli, Legal consultant at the Italian Agency for Payments in Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies: The impacts of Brexit on the exchange of agricultural and fisheries products
Dr Umberto Aleotti, Member of the European Union Law Committee, Bar Association of Naples: Free movement of lawyers under Directive 77/249/ECC of 22 March 1977 and Directive 98/5/EC of 16 February 1988.

Coffee break 15:30-16:00

Afternoon Session (II) 16:00-17:30
Chair: Patricia Tuitt, Legal Academic at

Dr Stuart MacLennan, Senior Lecturer in Law, Coventry University: Combating corporate tax avoidance after Brexit: UK and EU perspectives
Dr Donato Vozza, Lawyer Associate at Chiomenti LLP: The European Union economic sanctions regime: the post-Brexit scenario
Andrea Buzzigoli, Head of Global Wholesale Credit Risk Analytics at HSBC Holdings The impact of Brexit on the financial sector services
Marina d’Angerio, ICAEW Chartered Accountant and Auditor at Ascheri & Partners The possible tax implications of the UK exit from the European Union
Rocco Franco, Senior Partner at Pini Franco LLP The effect of Brexit on commercial agreements, exploitation of intellectual property rights and transfer of personal data.

Closing Remarks 17:30-17:45
Patricia Tuitt,
Legal Academic

Organisers and Scientific Editors
Dr Costantino Grasso, Coventry University
Dr Annalisa Meloni, University of East London
Guido Ascheri, Ascheri Academy
Sabrina Malaguti, Ascheri Academy
Dr Umberto Aleotti, Bar Association of Naples
Florinda Monacò, Bar Association of Naples


Friday, 20 July 2018

University Square Stratford

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