In this ongoing series of short videos from the Centre for European Legal Studies (CELS) at the Faculty of Law, academics from the around the University of Cambridge and beyond shed light on the key issues to be considered in the run up to the upcoming referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union on 23 June 2016.
This collection will continue to grow as the referendum gets closer, and will address many different relevant subjects affecting the referendum decision. New videos will be posted here, or you can subscribe to the YouTube playlist if you wish to be notified when they are released.
EU Referendum questions: EU and UK fundamental rights
Professor David Feldman describes the structure of law dictating fundamental rights in the UK, at international, supranational and domestic levels, and how they interrelate. He considers how human rights protections might be affected by the referendum, and discusses upcoming changes proposed by the government.
EU Referendum questions: Analysing the Vote Leave Roadmap
On 15th June the Vote Leave campaign published a 'roadmap' on the steps that it believes would need to be taken following a referendum vote to leave the European Union. Professor Kenneth Armstrong published a working paper featuring an analysis of the document (available at http://www.cels.law.cam.ac.uk/publications/working-and-policy-papers), and in this video presents his conclusions.
EU Referendum questions: The constitutional implications of the referendum
This video features Professor David Feldman, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law. Professor Feldman discusses the unique nature of the EU referendum, and the potential consequences to the democratic process of Government in the UK depending on the outcome of the vote on 23rd June.
EU Referendum questions: Migrant benefits
Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union Law, sharing her experiences of researching the reasons why EU migrants move to the UK, and the extent to which the benefits available factor into that decision. She then considers the effects of the concessions won by David Cameron should the UK vote to remain on 23rd June.
EU Referendum questions: EU Security and defence
In this video Dr Geoffrey Edwards, Senior Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and Emeritus Reader in European Studies, weighs the founding principles of the EU in relation to defence and security. He assesses accusations of an intention to form an EU army, and considers the possible impact of the referendum on security issues.
EU Referendum questions: EU Competition law
This video features Dr Okeoghene Odudu, Herchel Smith University Senior Lecturer and member of the Centre for European Legal Studies (CELS). Dr Odudu explains the importance of EU competition regulation and the protections available for consumers, and the potential impact of the referendum on 23rd June.
EU Referendum questions: The EU political structure
Dr Julie Smith, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and member of the House of Lords. Dr Smith shares her perspective on the political structure and institutions of the EU, weighs up the concept of democratic deficiency, and considers the possible impact of the referendum.
Professor Morten Broberg: The Danish perspective
Professor Morten Broberg, Professor of International Development Law at the University of Copenhagen, considers the Danish perspective on the referendum. Reflecting on his experiences as a Danish civil servant, he describes how the UK's position in EU negotiations might be affected by the outcome of the vote.
Professor Kenneth Armstrong: The UK's influence in the EU
Professor Kenneth Armstrong, Professor of European Law and Director of the Centre for European Legal Studies (CELS), considering what influence the UK currently exerts in the operation of the European Union, and how that position might change in the light of the referendum on 23rd June.
Dr David Erdos: Data protection
This video features Dr David Erdos, who is a University Lecturer in Law and the Open Society. Dr Erdos considers what impact the EU has had in the growing fields of data protection and personal privacy, and how the law governing the storage and use of personal data might be affected by the outcome of the EU referendum on 23rd June.
Professor John Spencer: EU Criminal law
In this video Professor John Spencer considers the impact membership of the EU has had on British criminal law, and what each outcome of the referendum might mean for the UK's ability to implement new laws and enforce justice both inside and outside the UK.
Dr Markus Gehring: European environmental law and sustainable development law
In this video Dr Markus Gehring examines what the impact of Britain's membership of the EU has been on environmental and sustainable development law, and discusses what each outcome of the vote in the EU referendum might mean for the UK.
Professor Kenneth Armstrong: Free trade
In this video Professor Kenneth Armstrong considers what the impact of Britain's membership of the EU has been on free trade, and what each outcome of the vote either way might mean for the the UK's trading relationships with the EU and other countries.
Professor Catherine Barnard: Free movement
This video considers what the impact of Britain's membership of the EU has been on the ability of workers to seek work in other countries, and for workers to seek work in the UK. Professor Catherine Barnard discusses what each outcome of the vote might mean for employees in the UK.