Global Business Strategy in a Post-Brexit World

Co-designed and delivered by leading universities in Australia and the United Kingdom, this world class collaboration has been purposefully designed to help business understand and respond to the impact of Brexit on trade between the UK, Europe and Australasia.

Program details

Duration: 36 hours made up of 3 x 6 hour modules, plus a strategic project (18 hours)

Program Dates:


Module I 1 to 7 November
Module II 8 to 14 November
Module III 29 November to 5 December


Module I 31 January - 4 February 
Module II 7 February - 11 February 
Module III 28 February - 4 March 






  • Overview

    As of 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom (UK) ceased to be a member of  Europe’s Single Market and Customs Union.  In addition, the UK announced that it is seeking to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (the CPTPP). There are virtually no businesses trading between the UK, Europe and Australasia which won’t need to make changes as a result of these seismic market shifts – the question for business and government policy-makers is, what do these changes mean at both a strategic level, and also at the day-to-day operational level?

    With the UK leaving the EU and focusing further afield, to the Pacific and Australasia, there are many trading opportunities, but also new challenges: changing trade formalities and regulatory controls, shifts in legal frameworks, as well as revised trade and competition standards.

    This world-class collaboration between the Institute for International Trade (IIT) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) School of Law has been designed to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the impact of these shifts in global trade patterns on their business and markets, and to provide tools which will enable participants to create strategies to succeed in a reshaped marketplace.

  • What will you learn?

    At the conclusion of this professional development program, it is expected that you will have an understanding of:

    Module I: Trade and Economic Policy: the impact on business

    • How domestic economic policy and foreign affairs impact you and your clients’ business and markets
    • Effectively managing the risks of conducting business internationally
    • The impact of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals on trade, trade policy and global supply chains
    • ‘Building back better’: ethics, corporate responsibility and global trade.
    • How to navigate international regulatory environments
    • Global digital trade regulation and its impact on trade flows

    Module II: Understanding the impacts of Brexit in a global context

    • What Brexit is and how it will impact global trade patterns between the UK, Europe and Australasia
    • How to assess the impact of Brexit on your markets

    Module III: Responding strategically

    • Developing strategies for success in a post-Brexit global business environment
  • Who is this professional development for?

    Mid-senior professionals and trade officials seeking a deeper understanding of the recent global market realignments caused by Brexit for their UK, European, and Australasian operations.

  • What benefits will the program deliver for you and your organisation?

    • Participants will leave the program with a deeper understanding of how trade policy impacts business. 
    • They will learn how to utilize a set of tools to assess the potential impact of trade policy changes for business, to develop organizational strategies to leverage the associated opportunities and mitigate potential risks. 
    • Throughout the second and third modules of the program, participants will assess the impact of Brexit and related shifts in trade flows between the UK, Europe and Australasia for their organization, and develop organizational strategies to manage these effectively. 
    • Participants will gain access to a network of experts with deep discipline knowledge, as well as becoming part of a community of practice where like-minded professionals can share and benefit from common experiences, navigating the new international trading environment.
  • Delivery mode

    Delivered virtually over six weeks, this interactive professional development program leverages the latest developments in online education to bring mid-senior business leaders a highly experiential program which accommodates their need for flexibility, whilst providing opportunities for deep engagement with content, peers, facilitators and globally recognized experts.

    Facilitated through our custom designed online learning platform, you will:

    • Engage with experiential virtual learning modules;
    • Participate in interactive workshops, discussions and networking opportunities with leading educators and experts from the government and the private sector;
    • Learn about the latest tools, frameworks and practices;
    • Benefit from regional and global perspectives; and
    • Consider the impact of Brexit for your business and develop strategies to address these changes with the help of experienced educators and global practitioners with expertise in the fields of international business, trade policy, law and economics.
  • Our faculty

    • Simon Lacey is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade. Prior to joining the Institute, Simon held the position of Vice-President Trade Facilitation and Market Access at Huawei Technologies in Shenzhen China, where he was responsible for monitoring, managing and mitigating the biggest trade and investment risks facing the company across a dozen of its most important markets internationally. 
    • Dr Gabriel Gari is a Reader in International Economic Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London and Academic Director of the International Economic Law LLM. Prior to joining Queen Mary, Gabriel practised Employment and Commercial Law and worked for the Uruguayan Supreme Court of Justice. In 2013-14, he held a visiting scholar position at the Trade in Services Division of the World Trade Organization. He has published extensively on trade in services, including his book on the liberalisation of trade in services in MERCOSUR and various articles in peer-reviewed journals. 
    • Dr Costanza Russo is the HSS Deputy Dean for Research (PGR) at Queen Mary University of London. She is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Banking Law and Business Ethics at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary, where she teaches several post graduate modules in Law and Ethics and in Banking and Finance in both London and Paris campuses. She is also the Director of the CCLS Institute for Regulation and Ethics. From Jan 2018 to December 2020 she served as the CCLS Director of Graduate Studies, responsible for the PhD in Law programme.
    • Lisa McAuley Lisa has worked in international trade for over ten years, most recently as CEO of the ECA has seen the organisation focus on ground-breaking research and advocacy projects that promote and enhance the global competitiveness of SMEs. Lisa lends her passion for international trade and her respected voice in the industry to various initiatives, from an advisory role on the AmCham Trade Advisory Group, to the board of CargoHound and the Executive Director of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA).
  • Registration form

    • The information provided above is accurate.
    • My level of English is sufficient to allow me to be an effective participant in this program
    • I understand that acceptance into the program implies a full commitment to be punctual and present throughout the programme.
    • I understand that upon acceptance, I will be invoiced for a non-refundable program fee of $7,500.

    • The information provided above is accurate.
    • My level of English is sufficient to allow me to be an effective participant in this program
    • I understand that acceptance into the program implies a full commitment to be punctual and present throughout the programme.

A world class collaboration between leading universities in Australia and the United Kingdom

New research highlights knowledge and skills gaps in key trade areas for business. 

The United Kingdom (UK) ceased to be a member of Europe’s single market and customs union on 1 January 2021, triggering enormous changes in patterns of trade between the UK, Europe and Australasia, and generating new regulatory and legal barriers between markets that previously experienced almost frictionless movements of goods, services and people.


co authored by: 

Lisa Hunt, Business Manager, Institute for International Trade, The University of Adelaide.

Mary Mitsi, Lecturer in Commercial Law, the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London.

Nigel Spencer, Professor of Professional Practice, Queen Mary University of London.

John Taylor, Professor of International Finance and Trade Law, the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London.