"Belfast, Brexit, and Beyond: How will Brexit Affect Politics and Peace in Northern Ireland?"


Location: Room 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Peace Books

On this 20th anniversary of the signing of the 1998 Belfast 'Good Friday' Agreement, the United Kingdom is in the process of implementing its referendum decision to leave the European Union (EU). How will Brexit impact the 1998 Agreement and the peace it forged?




Daniel Mulhall, Ireland’s 18th Ambassador to the United States
Ambassador Mulhall served as Ireland’s Ambassador in London during the referendum on Brexit. Previously, he served as Director-General for European Affairs for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and as Press Counsellor for the Department as part of the Irish Government’s delegation to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

Kevin O'Malley,  United States Ambassador to Ireland from 2014-2017
Before assuming his diplomatic post, Ambassador O'Malley was a federal prosecutor and then a partner at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. in St. Louis, Missouri. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Ambassador Mr. O’Malley is author of a nine-volume treatise on jury instructions that is used throughout the United States in federal trials. He has been consistently chosen by the editors of The Best Lawyers in America for work in medical negligence defense and white-collar criminal defense.

Moderator:  Jennifer Mason McAward, Associate Professor of Law and Director,  Center for Civil and Human Rights, The University of Notre Dame

Reception following, The Forum

Co-sponsors:  Center for Civil and Human Rights
                        Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
                        Nanovic Institute for European Studies


Please note:  Also on Wednesday, April 18, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. drop by the Special Collections Rooms of the Hesburgh Library to see an exhibit curated by Irish Studies Librarian Aedin Clements of samples from pamphlet, manuscript, book and film collections on the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process.


Sources for background on the 1998 Belfast 'Good Friday' Agreement as well as Brexit:

(1) The CAIN (Conflict Archive on the INternet) website contains information and source material on "the Troubles" and politics in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present.

(2) Katy Hayward, "BORDERING ON BREXIT: Views from Local Communities in the Central Border Region of Ireland / Northern Ireland."

(3) Etain Tannam, "Brexit and the British-Irish Relationship," Dublin City University's Brexit Insitute.

(4) Jonathan Tonge,"The Impact and Consequences of Brexit for Northern Ireland," Briefing for the European Parliament.