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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Law and Politics of Brexit
Module Code LG5059A
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Niels Kirst
Semester 2: Ian Cooper
Autumn: Ian Cooper
Module TeachersFederico Fabbrini
Ian Cooper
Niels Kirst
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The purpose of this module is to instruct students on the law and politics of the withdrawal from the European Union (EU), using the historical example of Brexit – the United Kingdom (UK) departure from the EU – as a case study to enhance the understanding of European law & policy. By combining legal and political analysis, and by drawing on the extensive intellectual resources of the Brexit Institute (Ireland’s only and Europe’s first academic centre created to analyze Brexit), the module provides students with cutting-edge instruments to understand one of the most defining events of our times.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the process of withdrawal from the EU, their stages and their features
2. Identify the legal and political mechanisms that shape withdrawal
3. Evaluate the constitutional and political consequences of withdrawal
4. Gain an advanced understanding of Brexit as a watershed historical process
5. Assess the key challenges resulting from Brexit, for Ireland, the UK, the EU

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Directed learning90Preparatory Readings for Class, background readings for assessments
Directed learning11Preparing and submitting 2-3 questions for weekly submission, 30 minutes
Class Presentation25Preparing for group presentation
Report40Preparing and submitting policy paper
Report62Preparing and submitting research report
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction: The Law & Politics of Brexit

Withdrawal and EU Law Features of Exiting from the EU

Historical Background on UK / EU Relationships

Brexit Referendum and UK Politics Features of Exiting from the EU

Withdrawal Negotiations

Withdrawal Agreement

Northern Ireland Protocol

Future Relationship Negotiations

Future Relationship Agreements

Conclusion: Brexit and the Future of Europe

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Research Papern/a80%n/a
AssignmentFormulating questions for class discussion10%n/a
PresentationIn class group Presentation10%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Federico Fabbrini (ed): 2017, The Law & Politics of Brexit, Oxford University Press,
  • Federico Fabbrini (ed): 2020, The Law & Politics of Brexit. Volume 2: The Withdrawal Agreement, Oxford University Press,
  • Federico Fabbrini (ed): 2021, The Law & Politics of Brexit. Volume 3: The Framework of New EU-UK Relationships, Oxford University Press,
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