London campus hosts event seeking to provide clarity on EU residency rights

The University of Liverpool in London is hosting an event featuring academics, journalists and campaigners seeking to provide clarity for EU citizens in the run up to Brexit.

The Voice through Law event takes place on Friday May 18, from 9am to 5pm and is free to attend.

Keynote speaker is York University’s Charlotte O’Brien. She is joined by University of Liverpool EU experts, Dr Stephanie Reynolds and Dr Thomas Horsley.

Also on the panel is Anne-Laure Donskoy, of the3million; AIRE Centre’s Matthew Evans; Paul Heron and Helen Mowatt from the Public Interest Law Unit; Crisis’ Ruth Jacob; freelance journalist, Naomi O’Leary and CORAM’s Frances Trevana; as well as Dr Joelle Grogan from Middlesex University; Dr Simon Hoffman from Swansea University and Staffordshire University’s Dr Keith Puttick.

Since triggering Article 50, the focus on proposals for EU citizens’ residency rights in the UK has been around whether they offer a sufficient equivalent to those currently secured by EU law.

But, conference organisers point out, the operation of EU rules created numerous gaps in protection, particularly for those in unpaid, low-paid or precarious work.

As a result, organisers say any assessment that critiques new residence proposals by reference to Union citizenship gives ‘voice’ only to those who sit comfortably within that framework.

Instead, this conference seeks to employ the concept of societal “voice” as an alternative analytical framework, with the aim of better informing policy, administrative, legal media and third sector responses.

Voice through Law: Navigating and Negotiating Brexit as a Resident EU Citizen takes place at the University of Liverpool in London, Finsbury Square, on Friday May 18, from 9am – 5pm. Attendance is free but booking is required, please visit to secure your place.

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