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Equality Coalition event invite: ‘Article 2 of the Windsor Framework – Where are we now?’

Equality Coalition event invite: ‘Article 2 of the Windsor Framework – Where are we now?’

Senate Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast

10am – 1pm, Monday 3 June 2024

Attendees can claim 3 hours Group Study CPD

In recent months, the High Court of Northern Ireland has disapplied core elements of both the Northern Ireland Legacy Act and the Illegal Migration Act, due to their incompatibility with rights under the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), that were given continued legal underpinning by the Article 2 of the ‘Windsor Framework’ (neé NI Protocol) in the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement.

These rulings have constituted a landmark moment, unpicking and providing protections against core elements of the UK Government’s deeply concerning legacy and immigration policies, and confirming the potential reach and impact of Article 2 as an enforceability provision for GFA rights. The rulings build on significant research on the scope of Article 2 provided by the Human Rights and Equality Commissions over the last year, who have a formal role in post-Brexit legislation to monitor, supervise, advise, enforce, and report on the implementation of Article 2.

Over the last year, the Article 2 provision has become a reality in practice. This is a complex, and often misunderstood area of law, which has impacts across human rights and equality issues in Northern Ireland. Join us for this interactive event exploring Article 2 with leading experts.

Spaces are limited. Please register using this Google Form.


10:00 – 10:15: Welcome & introduction

  • Patricia McKeown (UNISON Regional Secretary & Equality Coalition Co-Convener)

10:15 – 11:30: Panel 1- Chaired by Úna Boyd CAJ

  • An update from the Dedicated Mechanism Teams in the NI Human Rights Commission and Equality Commission
    Speakers: Éilis Haughey (NI Human Rights Commission) and Roisin Mallon (Equality Commission) – The role of the Commissions as dedicated mechanisms
  • Civil Society Perspective on Article 2 and the Windsor Framework
    Speaker: Niall Robb (NI Human Rights Consortium)

11:30 – 12:00: Networking and Discussion

12:00 – 12:30: Panel 2 – Chaired by Professor Aoife O’Donaghue

  • Litigating Article 2 – the development of Article 2 case law
    Speakers: Sinead Marmion (Phoenix Law), Anurag Deb (QUB), Htaik Win (NIHRC)

This panel will bring together leading lawyers and academics to discuss using Article 2 in recent litigation, such as the Legacy Act challenge and the Illegal Migration Act challenge.

The panel will discuss Article 2’s impact as a litigation tool, and what this means for the protection of rights and equality in Northern Ireland.

12:30 – 13:00: Networking and Discussion

13:00: Event close 


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