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Brexit: Departure into the Unknown

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’Brexit, the Mother of all Messes’, was the Economist’s headline in mid-January. No-one knows what will happen over the coming weeks and months between London and Brussels. At the Political and Legal Symposium we plan to discuss, with reference to the current situation, the economic, legal, political and social consequences of Brexit – or of the UK staying in the EU.

Head of Student Mobilisation, FFS - For our Future's Sake, London
Reader, Queen’s University Belfast
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna
Ambassador, British Embassy Vienna


Head of Student Mobilisation, FFS - For our Future's Sake, London

2011-2014 Workshop Facilitator, Eden Project
since 2012 Photographer
2012-2015 Bachelor of Arts, Photography, Falmouth University
2013-2015 Teamleader of BA Photography Mentors, Falmouth University
Student Ambassador, Falmouth University
2014-2015 Narrator, Eden Project
2015-2017 Students'​ Union President, Falmouth & Exeter Students' Union
2017-2018 Student Communities Coordinator, Middlesex University Students' Union
since 2018 Co-Founder and Director, For our Future's Sake, London


Reader, Queen’s University Belfast

 Dr Katy Hayward is Reader in Sociology and a Fellow of the Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security & Justice in Queen’s University Belfast. She is also an Eisenhower Fellow (2019) and a Senior Fellow in the UK in a Changing Europe initiative - the UK’s leading academic think-tank on Brexit.
 Dr Hayward has 20 years’ research and teaching experience in border studies, British-Irish relations, EU integration, and the conflict/ peace process in Ireland. She is the author of over 200 publications, including a research report on the Irish border region Brexit at the Border (2018), the co-edited book Dynamics of Political Change in Ireland (2017) and co-authored report on UK Withdrawal and the Good Friday Agreement for AFCO in the European Parliament (2017).
 Katy has presented widely on the topic of Brexit to media, policy, civic and academic audiences, including through articles in the Guardian, the Times, the Irish Times, the Daily Telegraph and Prospect. She has given evidence before parliamentary committees in the UK and Ireland. Outside the University, she is a Board Member of the Centre for Cross Border Studies and Conciliation Resources.

Dr. Daniel SCHADE

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

2012-2016 PhD researcher, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom
2014 Vice-Chairman, Project for Democratic Union (PDU), Munich, Germany
2016-2017 Postdoctoral Researcher in International Relations, Vienna School of International Studies, Austria
since 2017 Visiting lecturer, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po Paris), France
Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
since 2018 Policy Fellow, Das Progressive Zentrum, Berlin, Germany


Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, Vienna

1989-1994 Law studies, University of Vienna and université Paris II Panthéon-Assas
1995 Research assistant at the Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris
1995-1996 Postgraduate studies in European Law at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium
1997 Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs
1999-2000 Head of Unit for General Affairs of EU Integration
2000-2005 Head of the Legal Affairs Department at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU
2005-2008 Cabinet Member and Press Spokesperson of the Minister for Foreign Affairs Ursula Plassnik
2008-2013 Cabinet Member and Press Spokesperson of the Minister for Foreign Affairs (and Vice-Chancellor) Michael Spindelegger
2009-2013 Head of the Staff Unit 1 (coordination of foreign-policy communication, public diplomacy) and as of 2011 also Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger
2014-2016 Head of the new Strategic and Policy Planning Unit reporting directly to Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz
2016-2018 General Director for Europe at the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
since 2018 General Director for Section IV Coordination at the Federal Chancellery
since 2019 Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
Federal Minister within the Federal Chancellery for the EU, Arts, Culture and Media


Ambassador, British Embassy Vienna

 Leigh Turner grew up in Nigeria, Lesotho and Swaziland before studying at Manchester Grammar School and, in 1976, Downing College, Cambridge.
 He started work at the Department of Transport in 1979 and subsequently worked in the Department of the Environment and HM Treasury before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1983. He had postings in Vienna, Moscow and Berlin before being posted as HM Ambassador Kyiv in 2008, HM Consul-General and Director General UK Trade and Investment Turkey, South Caucasus, Central Asia in Istanbul in 2012 and HM Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to other International Organisations in Vienna in 2016. In his spare time, he writes fiction and walks around Austria. He tweets as @leighturnerFCO and is on Instagram as leighturnerFCO.

Political and Legal Symposia

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17:00 - 18:45Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
19:45 - 20:45Promoting Stability in Wider Europe: The Role of the EU and the OSCEPlenary
20:30 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial


08:00 - 09:00ABGESAGT POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawBreakout
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Promoting the SDGs in Europe with a Global MindsetBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Experimental Government and the Story of Basic Income in FinlandBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Demography and DemocracyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Digital Diplomacy vs Digital ColonialismBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: How We Benefit from Empowering the Young in PoliticsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Lost in Translation? The EU’s Struggle to Speak with One Voice on Foreign PolicyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Democracy BootcampBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Partner
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019: Wake-up Call for Europe!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: Africa on the MovePlenary
16:00 - 17:30Ideology in the Courtroom: How Impartial Are Judges?Plenary
17:30 - 18:30What Can Be Done against the Climate Crisis?Plenary
18:00 - 19:30How Free Is the Press Across the EU?Plenary
19:00 - 20:00What Does the World Think? A Conversation on Fundamental Philosophical QuestionsPlenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary


08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Emissions Trading: an Effective Way to Reduce EmissionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: When Machines Judge PeopleBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: How Free Should Trade Be? The Development of European Standards for Trade and Foreign Direct InvestmentsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 11: International Arms Trade Regulations: A Call for ActionBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 12: Does More Digital Freedom Automatically Mean Less Legal Security?Breakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 13: New Wars – New EpidemicsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 14: Human Rights Under Pressure: The Role of Ombudspersons and National Human Rights InstitutionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 15: Security through Liberty: About the Will for Public OrderBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: A Pathway to Sustainable Business TransformationBreakout
14:00 - 15:30‘Soft Power’ or Defence Union? Military Cooperation in the European UnionPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The Struggle for the Rule of Law: Is the EU Fighting a Losing Battle?Plenary
14:00 - 18:00LAW Working GroupsBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Let’s Talk!Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?Plenary
16:30 - 17:45Liberty and Security in the Context of International RelationsPlenary
18:15 - 19:15How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:30 - 22:00Speakers’ NightPlenary


09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary
11:30 - 13:00Tackling Complexity: Insights from the Alpbach Learning MissionsPlenary