Virtual event The rights of British citizens in the European Union after Brexit: the Alice Bouilliez case.


Tuesday March 8th at 10:30 UK/ 11:30 CET.

(Duration approx. 110 minutes)

The Society is delighted to invite you to a webinar touching upon the rights of the British citizens in the European Union after Brexit. The webinar will give particular attention to a specific case: Alice Bouilliez, a British national married to a French national resident living in France for many years, was refused the right to participate in municipal elections in her locality.  Alice Bouilliez challenged this decision before the French courts, and after considering her arguments the French judge decided that her contentions should be considered by the Court of Justice of the European Union.   On February 24th, Advocate General Collins will deliver his opinion to the Grand Chamber of the Court.

The case may be of considerable importance for the million UK citizens living in the EU.  Have rights acquired as a citizen of the European Union been retained, discarded, or dissolved by Brexit? The speakers will include the counsel of Mme Bouilliez, an eminent academic and Advocate General Sharpston.  We will have Ian Forrester as chairman and Sir David Edward will give his summation at the end.


Ian Forrester QC LLD Chair. President of the FBLS. Formerly Judge of the General Court of the European Union from 2015 to 2020.
Sir David Edward QC LLD Summation. Formerly Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities.



The speakers for this event will be:

Maître Julien Fouchet Alice Bouilliez’s Counsel. He is specialized in international law and European Union Law.
Maître Jean Noël Caubet-Hilloutou Alice Bouilliez’s Counsel. He is a former finance official and magistrate who became a lawyer in 2020 and has a strong interest in European law and fundamental rights.
Professor Catherine Barnard Professor of European Union law and Employment law and a senior tutor and fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She is also the Deputy Director at UK in a Changing Europe.
Eleanor Sharpston QC LLD Formerly Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union from 2006 to 2020. A prolific and respected commentator on EU law as it touches persons

The webinar is open to all. Registration is free and the event will be recorded. 

To register, please email Sophia at and details on how to join will be sent prior to the event. 

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