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Managing the European Integration Process: Lessons from Maastricht to Brexit (hybrid event)

Panel Discussion

This panel is a timely discussion of the major themes and findings from two critically acclaimed books recently published by two prominent, Irish experts in the field of EU Studies. Firstly, Professor Brigid Laffan, the former Director of the Florence based European Institute (EUI) and Chancellor of the University of Limerick in Ireland, discusses her insightful co-authored book (with Steffan Talle) The EU’s Response to Brexit: United and Effective.

This fascinating account draws on in-depth interviews with key institutional players in Brussels and demonstrates how the EU mobilized its collective capacity to negotiate effectively. Secondly, Dermot Hodson, Professor of Politics at Loughborough University London, and a former Civil Servant at the European Commission, talks about his enthralling, recently published monograph Circle of Stars: A History of the EU and the People Who Made IT. This traces the key role of national leaders in the development of the EU from its establishment in 1993 through to Brexit, Covid-19, and the invasion of Ukraine. The panel discussion, which will be moderated by JCU Associate Professor in International Relations, Dr Nicholas Startin, will also discuss the implications of the authors’ findings from their research in terms of the current and future challenges facing the EU.


Professor Brigid Laffan (former Director of the EUI in Florence, Chanceller University of Limerick, Ireland) The EU's Response to Brexit: United and Effective | SpringerLink co-authored with Steffan Telle

Professor Dermot Hodson (Professor of Political Economy and Digital Technologies at Loughborough University London and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges) Circle of Stars - Yale University Press London (


Dr Nicholas Startin (Associate Professor of International Relations, John Cabot University, Rome)

The event is organized by Nicholas Startin. It is sponsored by the Guarini Institute for Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science and International Affairs.

This symposium is a hybrid event.

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If you are part of the JCU Community, please register here.

If you are not a JCU Community member, but interested in attending this event, please register here to attend the event virtually.

23 Apr 2024 Rome, Italy