IACES President

Jonathan Evershed
Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) and School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRE), University College Dublin

IACES Vice-President

Giada Lagana
School of Law and Politics
Cardiff University

Committee Members
Gavin Barrett (UCD)

Etain Tannam (TCD)

Louis Brennan (TCD)

Joachim Fischer (UL) 

John O'Brennan (MU)
Anna Tulin-Brett (NUIG)
Darren Litter (QUB)

Niall Robb (QUB)

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Jonathan Evershed 


Jonathan Evershed is the Newman Fellow in Constitutional Futures in the Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) and School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe), University College Dublin. 

Previously, Jonathan has held Postdoctoral Fellowships on the Ports, Past and Present project and in the Department of Government and Politics at University College Cork, where his work as part of the ESRC-funded project, ‘Between Two Unions: The constitutional future of the islands after Brexit’ focused on the implications of Brexit for the island of Ireland and for British-Irish relations.

Dr Giada Lagana


Dr Giada Lagana is a Research Associate at the Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University. She currently works on the ESRC ‘Between Two Unions’ project with Professor Daniel Wincott, examining the impact of the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU) on the UK’s internal constitutional and intergovernmental arrangements. Her work focuses on the future of cross-border cooperation between Wales and the Island of Ireland; on regional development after Brexit and on the future of the peace process in Northern Ireland.

She has recently completed a book, published with Palgrave McMillan, entitled ‘The role of the European Union in the Northern Ireland peace process’.

Giada started out as an historian, completing her undergraduate studies in modern and contemporary history at the University of Pavia (Italy). She then obtained an MA in international relations and history, under the joint supervision of Didier Poton (Université de La Rochelle) and Michel Catala (Université de Nantes).

John O’Brennan

John O’Brennan holds the Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration and is Director of the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies at Maynooth University, and Vice-President of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (IACES). His research focuses on EU Enlargement policy and on Ireland’s relationship with the EU. He has published 15 articles in international journals including: Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the European Foreign Affairs Review, European Political Science, the Journal of European integration and Parliamentary Affairs. In addition to publishing 3 books on EU Enlargement, 25 book chapters, and he is also a regular contributor to international publications on European Union issues such as Europe’s World, Project Syndicate and Open Democracy. He has published more than 100 opinion articles on EU politics and appears regularly on Irish media platforms to discuss the EU. He is also a member of the Irish government’s Brexit Stakeholder Advisory group.

Gavin Barrett

Gavin Barrett is a Professor specialising in European Union Law in the Sutherland Law School, UCD and the sometime Jean Monnet Professor of European Economic and Constitutional Law there.


A barrister, he is the author or editor of several books, book chapters and articles in leading law and political science journals on EU-law related subjects, parliamentary democracy and referendums.


His latest book, The Evolving Role of National Parliaments in the European Union: Ireland as a Case Study was published by Manchester University Press in 2018.


He has written in all of the major national newspapers and appears frequently on radio and television. He has spoken before parliamentary committees in several countries, including Joint Oireachtas Committees on sixteen occasions and the House of Lords EU Affairs Committee three times. His work has been cited by the German Federal Constitutional Court (in its Lisbon decision), in the Irish High Court, and in several House of Lords reports.

Etain Tannam

Etain Tannam is Associate Professor in International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin.


She is author of International Intervention in Ethnic Conflict: A Comparison of the European Union and United Nations (2014, Basingstoke, Palgrave) and Cross-Border Co-operation in Ireland (1999, Basingstoke, Palgrave) and has published various book chapters and international journal articles (see below).


Her research interests are in the areas of Northern Ireland and British-Irish relations, including the impact of Brexit, international organizations and conflict resolution, United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) politics. She is currently writing a book British-Irish Relations in the 21st Century, (2020, forthcoming, Oxford, Oxford University Press).

Louis Brennan

Louis Brennan is a Fellow of Trinity College and a Professor within the Trinity Business School at Trinity College. He previously served as Director of the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College.


He was the founder of, and chaired from 2010-2014, a twenty six nation research network on the impact of investment by emerging economy firms on Europe.


He has two books on that topic: The Emergence of Southern Multinationals and their Impact on Europe published by Palgrave in 2010 and Emerging Market Multinationals in Europe with Dr Caner Bakir, published by Routledge in 2016. Along with Professor Philo Murray, he is the editor of the 2015 volume Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia, published by Routledge in 2015.

Joachim Fischer 


Joachim Fischer is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of Limerick where he is teaching German Studies, film studies and European Studies. He has been centrally involved in UL’s Centre for European Studies for many years, is Joint Director in the Centre for Irish-German Studies and a board member of the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies.


He has published widely on national images, Irish-German connections and utopian studies. Among his specifically EU-related book publications are As Others See Us: Cork through European Eyes to mark Cork’s selection as the European Capital of Culture in 2005 (with G. Neville) and Contemporary German-Irish Cultural Relations in a European Perspective: Exploring Issues in Cultural Policy and Practice (with R. Stehle).


He has recently been awarded funding through the Jean Monet Module scheme and the Irish Government’s Communicating Europe Initiative for two projects designed to bring European Studies to new audiences.


He is Course Director of the BA in European Studies and has been academic co-ordinator for ERASMUS student exchanges for many years. He has also pioneered seminars on national images for Irish and European ERASMUS students and has co-written an intercultural textbook for secondary school students of German.

Niall Robb


Niall Robb is an PhD researcher at Queen's University Belfast working on an ESRC funded thesis exploring the role of interest-groups in Northern Ireland in the UK/EU exit negotiations. Niall holds a postgraduate diploma in research methods, an MA in Legislative Studies and a BA in History and Politics. 


Niall's work is informed by practical experience working in roles in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, at the Northern Ireland Assembly and in the community and voluntary sector prior to commencing postdoctoral research.