The Common Travel Area as the EU’s Other Border-Free Zone: A Tale of History, Law, and Treaty Opt-Out

2015-2016 15 Common Travel Area
British-Irish Council Summit 2015, Cabinet Office, CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0

The Edinburgh Europa Research Group is pleased to invite you to its next event:

The Common Travel Area as the EU’s Other Border-Free Zone: A Tale of History, Law, and Treaty Opt-Out

Wednesday 9 March 2016
5pm – 6pm

David Hume Tower · Room LG.06
George Square · Edinburgh EH8 9JX

Graham Butler
PhD Fellow in Law
The University of Copenhagen

The Common Travel Area (CTA) acts as a border-free zone within the European Union for citizens of both the United Kingdom and Ireland to enter either jurisdiction. Both states, which have opted-out of Schengen since its inception, have instead attached critical importance to the CTA between their respective jurisdictions for their own citizens, respecting it as fundamental for the future of British-Irish relations.

This presentation explores the unsettled legal parameters of the CTA and the associated issues that come with it by examining the background to the legal dimension of this point of public policy, how it developed in national laws, and subsequently how it was exempt from EU law as the Schengen arrangements became more integrated. It explores the future challenges facing the CTA in light of European instability and offers some analysis on where the CTA stands as a public policy.

Anthony Salamone | Chair
Europa Research Group Co-Convenor
PhD Candidate in Politics
The University of Edinburgh

This event is free and non-ticketed
All are welcome


Graham Butler (@GrahamButler1)Graham Butler
The University of Copenhagen

Graham Butler is PhD Fellow in Law at the University of Copenhagen. His research interests include EU external relations law, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, constitutional law, institutional law and wider legal aspects of foreign relations.

Anthony SalamoneAnthony SalamoneEdinburgh Europa Institute Logo (@AMSalamone)
The University of Edinburgh

Anthony Salamone is Co-Convenor of the Edinburgh Europa Research Group and PhD Candidate in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. He is Managing Editor of European Futures and his research focuses on the politics of the UK’s EU relations.


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