Netherlands, Utrecht

Brexit and Beyond: Consequences for European Law & Economics

when 8 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 600

In a referendum on the 23rd of June 2016, a small majority (52%) of British voters supported the British exit from the European Union. This was no surprise, as levels of support for EU membership have been historically lower in the UK compared to other member states. The UK Independence Party mainly focused on the costs connected to EU membership and migration in order to activate voters. But what are the other legal and economic implications of such a depart from the European Union? In this course, we will also discuss the (dis)advantages of the different (Br)exit scenarios.

During this week we will focus on five central themes: one every course day. First of all, we will provide you with an introduction to the way the European Union is built and functions. Secondly, we will take a look at the four freedoms of the European single market: the free movement of goods, the free movement of capital, the freedom to establish and provide services and the free movement of persons. After an introductory lecture on this topic, we will practice with determining the scope of each freedom as well as applying the criteria. The third central theme is Brexit. We will focus on the background of Brexit, the procedure of departing with the European Union as well as the general consequences and the possible scenarios of how Brexit will take shape. Fourthly, consequences of Brexit within specific sectors will be dealt with, focusing inter alia on the transport, litigation, corporate law, and financial sectors. During the final day, we will turn our attention to political effects of Brexit as well as explore the possibility of a tax competition between the United Kingdom and the European Union, after which we will conclude our course with student presentations.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Wilco J. Oostwouder (professor of corporate finance law UU and attorney at law Loyens & Loeff N.V.)

Target group

Bachelor and Master students with an interest in Law & Economics. Ph.D. students and young professionals are also welcome to apply.

Course aim

To equip students and young professionals with an insight into European influences on law and economics as well as understand the legal and economic implications connected to a depart from the European Union.

Fee info

EUR 600: Course fee
EUR 200: Housing fee

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