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UK-Irish Criminal Justice Cooperation Network


Criminal Justice Cooperation Between the UK and Ireland After Brexit: Are We Ready?

Date: 2nd and 3rd April, 2020

Location: Great Hall, Northumbria University, Sutherland Building, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8ST

Time: 10am to 4pm

Brexit inevitably means change to the means by which the UK’s security is ensured. Cooperation with EU partners in the fields of policing, criminal justice, counter-terrorism and security is well established, and disruption to this poses particular challenges. This is particularly true of the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with Ireland. The change to the status of the Irish border as an external frontier of the EU both complicates and necessitates close post-Brexit inter-state cooperation between the two.  Much of the UK’s cooperation with Ireland in the area of criminal justice is based on EU-level agreements and on close, daily cross-border police and security cooperation between the UK and Irish authorities.

This two-day conference will explore what we now know of the new relationship the UK will have with the European Union (and consequently Ireland) and specifically consider the impact this may have on UK-Irish criminal justice cooperation. Consideration will be given to the consequences of losing access to EU databases, cooperation mechanisms and EU criminal justice institutions and the possible alternative arrangements which can be utilised. The conference is an opportunity to consider the mechanisms that need to be in place to ensure the high levels of police and judicial cooperation needed to maintain security across the Common Travel Area are maintained. The conference will be focused on looking ahead to 31st December, 2020 and identifying what more needs to be done to ensure the UK and its EU security partners are ready for Brexit.


The themes of this conference include but are not limited to: 

-          Potential changes to patterns of transnational crime post Brexit

-          The use of technology in border management

-          Alternative methods of cooperation outside of the EU acquis

-          Impact on policing of cross-border crime post Brexit

-          Impact of Brexit on data sharing both within and outside of the European Union


To register for this conference, please use this link:


Cost: £80 (including conference dinner)

To book accommodation, please see information on the conference website.

Conference Dinner

There will be a formal dinner on Thursday, 2nd April which is included in the conference fee.

Call for papers

Abstracts are invited from academics on any topic relevant to the conference. 

Abstracts of between 250 and 300 words accompanied by a short CV should be submitted via email to gemma.davies@northumbria.ac.uk by Friday, 28th February.  Please indicate in the email accompanying your abstract submission the proposed format and length of your presentation.  Panel sessions are welcome.

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, 6th March and will be required to pay the conference fee.  However, funding is available to cover travel and hotel expenses if needed.


This conference is funded by the AHRC Research Networking fund and is organised by Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast and the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development, Ireland.

For more information contact the event organisers:

Gemma Davies – gemma.davies@northumbria.ac.uk

Katy Hayward – k.hayward@qub.ac.uk

Maura Butler - Maura.Butler@acjrd.ie