Call for papers: EU External Relations in the post-Brexit EU

The University of Strathclyde and Professor Paul James Cardwell invite the submission of abstracts for a two-day workshop on EU External Relations in the post-Brexit EU to be held on 4-5 October 2018 in Glasgow.

How the European Union engages with the rest of the world is critical for its future survival, prosperity and ability to deal with the most pressing challenges around the globe. The crisis of confidence engulfing the European integration project has a strong external dimension. This can be found in the economic crisis (which affects the EU’s standing as a global economic power) as well as dealing with migration, security and defence challenges. The process of one of the largest Member States deciding to leave the EU poses an additional change to the status quo. As the changes brought about by the Treaty of Lisbon approach the end of their first decade, it is a critical moment to reconsider the EU’s legal, institutional and policy-making structures.

Papers are invited which examine aspects of the EU’s external relations insofar as they relate to Brexit. This includes the ongoing process of Brexit itself, as well as how the future of EU external relations might look in relations to individual countries/regions or substantive topics. Papers that are informed by some of the thinking that inspired earlier periods of European integration, such as federalism, are welcome.

The two-day workshop for established and early-career scholars of EU external relations will take place at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, on 4-5 October 2018. Financial support for the workshop has been provided by the James Madison Charitable Trust and the University of Strathclyde New Professors’ Fund. A limited number of bursaries for early career scholars is available. It is envisaged that the papers will form the basis of an edited collection.

Please send abstracts (250 words) by email to by Friday 17 August 2018. Responses will be given by 24 August. For early career scholars, please indicate if you would like to be considered for financial support. There is no participation fee for the workshop but we will unfortunately be unable to cover travel or accommodation for all speakers.