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03.12.2017

Institutskolloquium: "Walking into the footprint of EU Law Unpacking the gendered consequences of Brexit"

Roberta Guerrina in Kooperation mit dem Zentrum für Gender und Diversitätsforschung am Mittwoch, 6.12.2017, 16-18 h c.t. im Raum 124 am Institut für Politikwissenschaft

The public debate during the EU referendum campaign and the British government’s opening position on the Brexit negotiations highlight an overarching blindness to how widespread the European acquis has become embedded within the British social model. Exiting the EU carries a substantial risk that the interests of traditionally marginal groups (including women) who have hitherto been covered by EU legislation need to be safeguarded in new UK law.
The lecture illustrates the historical development of key gender equality policies and court rulings with a view to understand the British policy and judiciary’s reliance on European legal norms. It aims to provide a substantial contribution to the British policy process at the critical juncture where decisions are made. Its objective is to ensure that decisions are not made from a position of gender blindness but in full knowledge of the complex relationship between EU and UK law in protecting and advancing women’s rights. This analysis is particularly important as the UK government has historically resisted the deepening of a European regulatory framework and Brexit will be taking place in a political and economic context deeply marked by austerity

Dr. Roberta Guerrinais Reader in Politics at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. She is a European policy analyst with a particular interest in European social policy, citizenship policy and gender equality. She is Principal Investigator in the ESRC Funded International Research Network on “Unintended Gender Consequences of EU Policies”. Her most recent publications include “Gendering normative power Europe: lessons of the Women, Peace and Security agenda” (International Affairs 92/2016, and „Strategic Silences in the Brexit Debate: Gender, Marginality and Governance“ (Journal of Contemporary European Research 12/2016).

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