Brexit Institute News

Announcing DELI

The Brexit Institute is delighted to announce a major development in its life, namely the establishment at Dublin City University (DCU) of the Dublin European Law Institute (DELI), of which Prof. Federico Fabbrini is the Founding Director.

Since its establishment in 2017, the Brexit Institute has become a leading forum for research and policy on the law and politics of Brexit. Over the past five years, however, the Institute has increasingly broadened its focus to encompass EU affairs more generally. Notably, the Brexit Institute now houses a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence called REBUILD, which focuses on the Next Generation EU Recovery Fund. It also led a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence called BRIDGE, which explored the EU’s polycrisis. Additionally, the Institute is part of two Horizon Europe projects, REGROUP and EXPRESS2, which focus on the EU’s democratic resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the expansion of our staff, the Institute now includes academics with expertise in a growing number of EU law sectors, including banking and finance, trade and the economy, the rule of law, migration, law and technology, and the green transition.

Reflecting this expanded focus, earlier this spring, DCU approved Prof. Federico Fabbrini’s proposal to establish DELI as a new University research centre. DELI will operate alongside the Brexit Institute, whose relevance remains undiminished, as evidenced by the forthcoming UK general elections and the potential for new negotiations on EU-UK relations if Labour comes to power. DELI will consolidate the increasing number of non-Brexit-related projects we manage, enhancing the visibility of our work in EU law and policy and creating new opportunities for transnational partnerships. Like the Brexit Institute, and in conjunction with it, DELI will organize high-level events, promote research excellence, and foster policy engagement. DELI is designed to be the primary hub at DCU for research and scientific collaboration in EU law and policy, providing insightful analysis on EU affairs and supporting Ireland as it prepares to host the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU in 2026.

Visit the DELI website here to learn more.