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Who will be the Ultimate Guardian Angel of Human Rights in Europe - Implications of the European Union’s Accession to the European Convention on Human Rights

Start: May 20, 2011 09:30 AM
End: May 20, 2011 05:30 PM

Location: UCL Faculty of Laws, Moot Court, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London, WC1H 0EG


Andrew Duff MEP, Johan Callewaert (ECHR), Steve Peers (Essex), Hannes Kraemer (Euroepan Commission), Sir Stephen Sedley, Paul Craig (Oxford), Takis Tridimas (QMUL), Sir Konrad Schiemann (ECJ), Angelika Nusberger (ECHR), Tobias Lock (UCL), and George Letsas (UCL)

About the Conference:

On 20 May, UCL's Institute for Human Rights, in collaboration with UCL's Centre for Law and Governance in Europe, UCL's European Institute and the German Embassy hosted a conference exploring a compelling and current topic: who is the ultimate guarantor of human rights in Europe? The Union's own court (the European Court of Justice), the European Court of Human Rights or the highest national courts? With the entry into force of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the envisaged accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights there was ample reason for re-visiting this question: both might completely change the landscape of human rights protection in Europe.

The day-long conference brought together distinguished speakers from academia, legal practice and major European institutions. In the evening, a panel discussion was held at the German Ambassador's residence, with judges from the two European courts, and national justices, speaking to the issues. Dr Tobias Lock of UCL Laws stated: "This was the first major conference dedicated to this topic since accession negotiations have started. Our speakers' outstanding contributions have sparked some very insightful discussions."

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