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Britain in Europe is an innovative academic thinktank based at, and feeding into, the Law programme at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Britain in Europe’s dynamic membership comprises Law academics and academic scholars from other disciplines, barristers, solicitors, judges, politicians, members of international human rights organisations and other third sector experts from across Britain and Europe.


Britain in Europe members produce original research and influence public policy, offering a platform for evidence-based evaluations of Britain’s interactions with the EU and its institutions. The thinktank’s strengths lie in the area of European Union law, criminal justice and human rights, and extend to key areas of European Policy research.

Britain in Europe research benefits from a wide range of dynamic external collaborations, including with Liberty, Justice, the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple,  the Bar Human Rights Committee, the New Europeans, Fair Trials International, the European Criminal Bar Association, the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association and others.

BiE develops its main research activity in the UK, and extends its initiatives to Brussels and Strasbourg, particularly at the European Parliament, in close collaboration with civil rights organisations and British MEPs active there.

Our aims:

  • To analyse the socio-legal, economic, and political effect of Brexit in the UK and Europe.

  • To provide a research platform that will contribute to the construction of a future relationship between the UK and the European Union.

  • To ensure that the UK and European countries will remain fully aligned on the protection of human rights after Brexit.



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