New Europeans advisor and member Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos has been appointed as the Inaugural Chair in Law at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Professor Giannoulopoulos is leading the new LLB (Hons) Law degree which will focus on human rights law and the post-Brexit landscape.
As well as being a qualifying law degree, and preparing graduates for a career in law in England and Wales, there will be significant study of foreign and international law with analysis of the constitutional, socio-political, cultural, and economic ramifications of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
The course was also designed in anticipation of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), to provide a strong foundation to prospective solicitors before they take the new qualifying exam.
The three-year programme is currently recruiting students to start in Autumn 2019.
Students will be able to learn about specialist areas of law particularly relevant to Goldsmiths’ rich heritage in the creative arts, innovation, and social engagement: covering topics such as Media Law, Art Law, creativity and Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law, disruptive technologies, Criminology and Human Rights, and Criminal Law.
Over the last two years, New Europeans has worked closely with Prof.Giannoulopoulos on a campaign for immediate, comprehensive and unilateral guarantees for EU27 citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe.
In an paper written with Dr Ruvi Ziegler, Associate Professor in International Refugee Law at the University of Reading, and Chair of New Europeans in the UK, Professor Giannoulopoulos developed the case that the uncertainty and anxiety created by Brexit represented a potential breach of Article 8 of the UN Convention on Human Rights.
Subsequently Prof. Giannoulopoulos presented these arguments to parliament at a hearing of the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee and in an influential article published in The Conversation, on 8 November 2017:
In the piece, Professor Giannoulopoulos argued:
"Citizens’ rights are non-negotiable. It’s high time that the UK and EU27 recognized this, and offered unilateral guarantees enabling EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU to continue to exercise the same rights as before, in accordance with international human rights law."
New Europeans will continue to work closely with Professor Giannoulopoulos and the two think tanks he directs and has also founded, Britain in Europe and Knowing our Rights.
Both think tanks are moving to Goldsmiths with Dimitrios and New Europeans looks forward to collaborating closely on a range of conferences in the autumn.