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WEB 1044 Irish citizens & people of Northern Ireland in UK immigration and nationality law after Brexit (FREE Bitesize WEBINAR)

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This course examines the main ways in which Irish nationals and the people of Northern Ireland, Irish British or both, enjoy rights in UK immigration law (and thus nationality law) distinct from those enjoyed by other EEA nationals and other British citizens. 


  • The status of Irish nationals in UK immigration law before, and after the UK’s exit from the EU
  • Proposed s 3ZA of the Immigration Act 1971
  • When is an Irish national settled/without restriction of time in the UK?
  • Irish nationality through birth in Northern Ireland
  • Nationality in the Belfast Agreement
  • The people of Northern Ireland in the Belfast Agreement
  • The De Souza case
  • The rights of family members of Irish citizens and the people of Northern Ireland in UK immigration and nationality law 



July 15
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Tutor details:
Alison Harvey, No.5 Barristers' Chambers, Barnard Ryan, University of Leicester, Simon Cox, Doughty Street Chambers and Helena Wilson, the Bar Library Northern Ireland
Tutor biographies:

Simon Cox
is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and his work includes judicial review, immigration, European Union and international law, social welfare and discrimination. He has appeared before United Kingdom and European courts and tribunals at all levels, including the UK Supreme Court, Court of Justice of the European Union and European Court of Human Rights, as well as the Court of Appeal and statutory tribunals. Over the last 25 years, Simon has acted in many leading cases for individuals, groups of victims and for NGOs. His cases as lead counsel include CEZ v Nikolova (Grand Chamber CEU judgement on collective race discrimination), Chowdury v Greece (European Court of Human Rights judgement on forced labour of irregular migrant farmworkers), McCarthy (scope of EU law for dual nationals) and Patmalniece (UK Supreme Court: social security discrimination). 


Bernard Ryan is Professor of Migration Law at the University of Leicester. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and the European University Institute, and was previously Professor of Law at the University of Kent. His most recent publications and current research cover the implications of Brexit for immigration law, the British-Irish common travel area, international and EU law relating to border control, and the effects of migration upon employment law. He is the co-chair of the Migration and Law Network, which promotes the study of migration law in British universities. 

Alison Harvey is a barrister practising from No5 Barristers' Chambers in London and Bristol in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law.  She is a specialist in nationality law and a contributor to Fransman’s British Nationality Law.  In 2019-2020 she has worked with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission on how to give effect to the Belfast Agreement in UK nationality law and is currently working with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission on communicating their rights under the EU settlement scheme to the people of Northern Ireland.

Helena Wilson is a barrister practising at the Bar of Northern Ireland in immigration, asylum and nationality law.  She regularly appears in the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunals and has had success appealing to the Court of Appeal.  Helena acted as Junior Counsel in the case of De Souza v SSHD from the First-Tier Tribunal to the Court of Appeal.   Prior to practice at the Bar Helena worked as ECHR Litigation Officer at the AIRE Centre.  
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Aim of Course:
By the end of the course participants will understand:

1.    The immigration status of Irish citizens in the UK
2.     The effect of new s 3ZA of the Immigration Act 1971 to be inserted by the Immigration and Social Security (EU Withdrawal) Bill;
3.    When an Irish citizen is settled in the UK and will be settled in the UK once s 3ZA comes into force
4.    Who are the people of Northern Ireland and what rights they have under the Belfast Agreement
5.    What the de Souza case decided 
6.    What rights the family members (of whatever nationality) of Irish citizens and of the people of Northern Ireland have in the UK and will have after the end of the transition period 
Intermediate, Advanced
The course is designed for those with an understanding of UK immigration and nationality and of the EU settlement scheme who want to understand the special considerations applicable in cases involving those with rights and entitlements under Irish law and the Belfast Agreement.
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