The Rosenbach welcomes political scientist and constitutional advisor Brendan O'Leary, who will speak on the implications that the United Kingdom's possible exit from the European Union may have in store for Ireland. Northern Ireland and Scotland voted to remain in the EU while England and Wales voted to leave, which raises some questions: is it possible that a compromise can emerge from these rivalrous mandates? Will the UK 's exit from the EU violate the UK's treaty with Ireland that protects the Good Friday Agreement? If so, what can be done about that?
A dual citizen of the United States and Ireland, Brendan O'Leary is Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and advised US, UK, and Irish governments and parties during the Irish peace process. He was recently awarded the inaugural Juan Linz prize of the International Political Science Association and has authored and coedited more than twenty books.
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