The European Union is emerging from a prolonged period of crisis. With the election of President Macron in France and re-election of Chancellor Merkel in Germany, there is renewed confidence across the EU that the significant policy challenges on the Union’s agenda can be met more successfully than over the past decade. And although Brexit continues to attract disproportionate attention in our part of the Union, it is clear that the European Union is determined to press ahead with initiatives within the Eurozone, on defense and security, and competition and tax. For Ireland these developments present both challenges and opportunities.



The 2017 Biennial Conference of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (IACES) will examine the changing landscape of European integration and what it portends for both Ireland and the European Union. Leading academic specialists will present papers on Ireland’s engagement with the EU and how it should engage with the renewed debates about the integration process. A keynote panel of speakers will also examine the Brexit negotiations and what outcomes they are likely to produce.


The conference takes place on Friday 24 November 2017 in the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin. Attendance is free and all are welcome. Watch this space and follow IACES on twitter for information and registration details.